Cattery Vaccinations... what you need to know!

Lately we have had several calls from customers wanting to book their furry feline friends into Kitty Comforts.. only problem these furry felines aren’t vaccinated.... please note all cats MUST be fully vaccinated (condition 9.4 of the boarding establishment regulations) on arrival and owners must provide proof by way of the vaccination record issued from the veterinary surgery... here‘s what you need to know!

Information is from the website Icatcare

Vaccines can be divided in to ‘core’ and ‘Non -core’ vaccines. The core vaccines are considered essential for all cats (including indoor - only cats).

Non - core vaccines are only given to cats if there is a genuine risk of exposure to the infection and if the vaccination would provide good protection.

Core Vaccines (vaccine recommended for all)

Feline panleucopenia virus (FPV)

(also known as Feline Parvo virus or Feline infectious enteritis) - A severe and frequently fatal cause of haemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

Feline Herpes virus and feline calcivirus

Vaccines for feline herpes virus (FHV-1) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV) are always combined, as these two viruses together are the main causes of upper respiratory tract infections in cats (cat flu).

Rabies (not usually given here unless cat travels)

Rabies is an important disease and although it is more common in dogs (and more commonly passed from dogs to humans) cats can be infected and can be a source of human infection.

Where rabies is present in a country or in a region, it is recommended that all cats should be vaccinated against the disease.

Non - core vaccines

Other vaccines are regarded as ‘Non-core’ and used when vaccination would provide valuable protection for an individual cat.

Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLv)

FeLv is an important disease that can be spread through fighting, through mutual grooming and through sharing of food/water bowls and litter trays.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Fiv)

Common among cats that go outdoors and involved in fighting (usually spread through cat bites)

Vaccination process

All kittens should receive their core vaccinations and any others agreed between you and your vet.

The initial vaccine course is often started at 8-9 weeks of age, with a second injection 3-4 weeks later.

A first booster vaccination should be given 12 months later to ensure a good level of continuing protection.

Cats that stay at a boarding cattery will generally require an annual vaccination (or booster vaccine before the cat goes into the cattery)

Cattery Regulations -

As a Licensed Boarding Cattery Kitty Comforts has to abide by certain Licensing regulations. The following is our guidance from our Local Authority:

Condition 9.4

9.4 All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread among the animals and people of infectious diseases, pathogens and parasites.

An up-to-date veterinary vaccination record must be seen to ensure that cats have current vaccinations against feline parvovirus also known as feline infectious enteritis, feline panleukopenia and against feline respiratory viruses (feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus). Certification from a veterinarian of a recent protective titre test may be accepted instead of a booster vaccination as required by the establishment. The certificate must state that it is valid for the current period. It is up to the licensee whether to accept such a certificate.

Vaccines used must be licensed for use in the UK. Homoeopathic vaccination is not acceptable.

Kitty Comforts Terms and Conditions state -

To be accepted into Kitty Comforts, all cats must be fully vaccinated against flu, enteritis and preferably feline leukaemia virus within the last 12 months and not less than 4 weeks prior to boarding. Vaccination certificates must be seen and left at Kitty Comforts for the duration of their stay, a copy of the certificate will also be kept on file.



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