Syko and Nero fly to Perth, Australia

Syko and Nero fly to Perth, Australia

Handsome black-and-white cats Syko and Nero are known fondly as the ‘Omani bin boys‘. Their owner Carol adopted them in Oman and they’ve now arrived in Australia, via the UK.

They’re spending a month in quarantine at Byford Kennels before they can go home with Carol and her husband. That month fulfils part of the Australian import requirements  — they also had to spend six months in quarantine in the UK, during which they stayed at Burntwood Kennels and Cattery.

Both are very lively characters, Syko in particular, who usually lives up to his name, including at the vet. Fortunately, L the vet  managed to give Syko the full exam and treatments with only a little bit of hassle from the cat in question.

Carol has been to visit them at Byford and is over the moon to see them again. She’s counting down the days until she can finally have them at home with her. She tells us:

“They looked remarkably well despite their long flight. Syko was on form, being syko as no other cat does, and Nero was just like a teddy bear and wanted to cuddle and sit on my knee. They were very skittish and having squables and hissing, at times I wanted to get out of the small space! But they looked so incredibly healthy and alert, both are the same weight as when they left  us 6 months ago!

Syko scratched me, but that was just his excitement as he tried to climb up my legs, I pushed him away with my hand and his claws got caught on my hand, but no malice was intended.

I am so happy with both Animalcouriers and the Burntwood Kennels & Cattery for their fabulous work with them and getting them here in most remarkable health!”

Carol made a short video of her visit to them at Byford Kennels:

By | 2016-10-17T10:58:25+00:00 Thursday, July 12, 2012|animal transportation, latest news, pet air travel|14 Comments


  1. Texas, a cat in New York July 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Oh! My human thought it was impossible to import cats to Australia. Was she mistaken or has the legis…leg…legislation… changed?
    Very cute video!

  2. The Scottie Chronicles July 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what I’d do if I were separated from my peeps for 6 months.

    roo. stu.

    • Animalcouriers July 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      It’s a horrible regulation 🙁 Luckily for dogs and cats coming into the UK, the regulations were relaxed at the beginning of the year and the six month quarantine period was abolished. A lot of relieved peeps and their charges 🙂

  3. carol July 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    6 months is a long time to be away from them, but they so well looked after at the bruntwood cattery and became fixtures there! The staff were sad to see them go and insisted on updates about them from Byford and from when they got to the house (only 23 days!)
    They recognised me immediately and nero (pink nose) was beside himself. Syko went a bit well… syko.. and couldn’t really express himself like a normal cat and tried to climb up me. He was rubbing his mouth up against my legs etc.. Look what fabulous condition they are in?
    The Byford staff were so friendly and I got a chance to talk to them, all, I peeked through the windows on the corridor on the way out and most of the cats looked like reeeeeeeeeally expensive pedigree types.
    The station was very particular about wearing closed shoes and having photo ID, and there was gel for hand washing, similar to the hospitals.
    The laws in UK changed on Jan 1, we flew our cats out Jan 2, and we could choose where they could stay, we were very lucky….. They are very healthy and strong cats.
    We hope they will be fine the remaining time.

    • Animalcouriers July 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Sounds like the two boys fell on their paws. It’s a long time to be separated from them but what a lovely reception you had. Just 23 days left – they must feel like the hardest though 😉

  4. carol July 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    PS where we live there is a ‘cat law’ coming into force in October, no cats allowed off the owners property, all neutered, all micro chipped etc…. The problem is the cats kills the local endangered wildlife…

    • Animalcouriers July 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Yes, L did pass this on – we can understand where they’re coming from but what a huge expense it’s going to be for owners but even more so for authorities. How on earth are you going to enforce the stay home with the boys?

      Here’s the link to more information if any readers who are interested:

      • carol July 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        They were not allowed out in Oman, so since kittens they have been indoors. But they have always had lots of space and allowed to roam the house. We are planning to make cat netting and a cat run in the garden so they come in and out of the house, and still have a ‘contained’ life. The cat law is only for Western Australia at the moment. A lot of boroughs in WA already enforce their own local laws concerning cats. I must admit those wild cats can grow very large…

        • Animalcouriers July 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          Ah, that’s going to be a lot easier to cope with then. They’ll love the cat run.

  5. crazytraintotinkytown July 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm - Reply


  6. becomingcliche August 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I think it’s safe to say that cats hold grudges.

    • Animalcouriers August 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      You are so right! Not all but some – and they can hold them for some considerable time 😉

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