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Booking Your Cat In To A Cattery

Vaccinations - All catteries will require your cat to be vaccinated against feline upper respiratory disease - known as cat flu - and feline infectious enteritis, which is a highly contagious disease. Vaccinations should be boosted annually and this should be done at least seven days before the cat is to be boarded. It is also possible to have your cat vaccinated against Chlamydia and Feline Leukaemia but this is not absolutely necessary. No cat will be admitted if it appears to be suffering from an infectious illness i.e. sore eye's, sneezing, coughing.

Book as early as you can - particularly during peak periods - because a good cattery will quickly be filled. If you are planning to go abroad, ring first to check availability so you can "pencil” in a booking. You can finalise the dates as soon as you have flight details.

What to pack for your cat - Usually a cattery will ask you to bring some bedding for your cat. This will help it to settle in. A favorite toy/scratching post is also a good thing to take with you to the cattery.

Transporting your cat - Do not carry your cat in your arms to the cattery. Until it is inside the cattery, the responsibility for its safety is entirely yours. Make sure you have a sturdy cat carrier, of ample size, solid enough to prevent the cat from escaping, yet providing sufficient air and a good view. Line it with several sheets of newspaper and do not put the bedding in which is intended for use in the cattery. Cardboard carriers have poor ventilation, are completely insecure if the cat is determined to get out and may fall apart if made wet. Don’t feed your cat before traveling.

On arrival at the cattery - On arrival at the cattery with your cat, always check that information on diet, medical history or medication has been clearly written down on your cat's record card or booking contract. Check your contact's name and number and reaffirm the date of your return and estimated time of collection. Should your return be delayed, do inform the cattery as soon as possible.

Elderly or ailing cats - If your cat is elderly or suffering from a terminal disease, it is wise to discuss what you would like the proprietor to do in the unhappy event of the cat becoming very ill or even dying while you are away. It is helpful for the proprietor to know your wishes on this.

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