This is how to send kittens from Europe

Look at the pictures first to make sure it is the defect of this topic. There are variants to the example in the pictures, but you should not send kittens with only umbilical hernias and/or cleft palates.

  • Take pictures
  • Weigh the kitten
  • Check for gender if possible
  • Put the kitten/kittens in the freezer

To send the frozen kitten to research:
Put the kitten in triple ordinary plastic bags “ziplock” with coldkeeping material, such as one of the freezing block that you usually put in your cool bag.
Wrap some absorbent material (papertowels etc) around it.
Put this in a padded envelope.
Place a copy of “Study Form” ,a copy of “Customs Letter” that you have completed and a copy of “Importtillstånd” (the last one is an import licence regarding animal tissues to Sweden)

Take copies of the parents pedigrees and place in the envelope, Put all the paperwork in a ziplock bag.
All is confidential and the information about pedigrees will only be used by Dr Casal and Dr Lindgren.
If possible, send EDTA blood sample from any of the parents.

The breeders can contact Gabriella via e-mail so they can have the research group’s FedEx number. With that they can send kittens / samples free of charge. Then SLU can track the shipment. The number is issued via email after the breeder confirms that they really have a defective kitten.

Send all to:

Gabriella Lindgren
Institutionen för Husdjursgenetik, VHC
Box 7023
750 07 Uppsala