Animalcouriers collected brother and sister cats Vasco and Mariana near Lisbon in Portugal. They’ve been staying at the delightful Monte des Vendavais kennels and cattery that has lovely facilities and lots of orange trees.

Vasco is a lovely big masculine cat, but had a nasty confrontation earlier in his life with a seagull that has left him with some confidence issues — he’s never really recovered from the trauma. But he remains proud and handsome and we’ll give him lots of reassurance during the journey.

His sister Mariana is beautiful and gentle and has all the confidence in the world! So she’ll be a great comfort to Vasco during the trip.

From the UK they’ll by flying to their new home in Cyprus.