Feline Health: Best Practices for Boarding Your Cat

If you are planning on travelling for a couple of days, you should think about placing your cat in a boarding facility. This option is more favourable and safer for your pet in comparison to putting a neighbour in charge. The cat will receive care from dedicated professional and will socialise with others of its species. When preparing for your journey, it is important to prepare your pet for the boarding, particularly with regard to physical health. While catteries are safe, the change in environment can cause adverse reactions. Here are some of the best health practices to consider when placing your cat in a boarding facility.

Check on the Vaccination Status

Cats are vulnerable to some diseases which are communicable. Therefore, you should not expose your pet to an environment with other animals without ensuring that they are vaccinated. The risk for exposure might be little, but unfortunate contact with an infected animal can cause disease. Also, most catteries have strict vaccination policies to protect their feline charges. If you cannot provide proof of protection, you will be denied entry. Inquire about the required types of shots from your selected cattery. The core vaccines are distemper and rabies and feline calicivirus and rhinotracheitis. 

Protect the Pet (and the Cattery) from Fleas

Fleas are common external parasites on cats, and they can be a nuisance for your pet. They often cause itching and irritation for animals. Most indoor-outdoor cats catch stray fleas when walking around or socialising with other creatures. It is also not unusual to find indoor cats with some fleas. When planning to board your cat, you should consider applying some topical flea control product on the feline. This practice will eliminate fleas from your cat, preventing communication to the cattery. Also, your cat will be secure in case of further contact with the parasites.

Pack the Usual Cat Food

Sudden changes in diet can hurt felines. For instance, change in brand and quality of food can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Also, it is not uncommon to find picky cats with unique food preferences. If the favoured meal is not made available, the pet will have poor health. Therefore, pack the right quantity of food for your cat before leaving for the cattery. The meals should have a considerable shelf-life; kibbles or canned food is ideal. 

Finally, you should remember to bring any required medications or vitamins. The cattery staff will accommodate your pet's needs for a comfortable stay.