If you're a cat owner who is soon to be heading off on a holiday, then you may have booked your cat into a cat boarding business, or cattery, in your local area. If you haven't used a cattery before, then you might be feeling a little bit anxious about how your pet will adjust. Fortunately, cats generally respond well to their own little holiday and are very well looked after and cared for. To ensure your pet stays healthy and safe during their stay, here are three things that are wise to consider in the days leading up to your holiday.
1. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date.
It's vital that your cat has had all the vaccinations that are recommended by your vet. If you're not up to date with them, then you will need to book an appointment with your vet before you leave your cat at a cattery. In fact, many catteries won't accept cats that don't have up to date vaccination certificates.
Vaccinations are important for cats' health in general but are especially important when cats are in close quarters with other cats. Sickness can spread rapidly in these circumstances, and your cat could become quite ill. Certain illnesses, such as cat flu, feline enteritis, and feline AIDS, can even be deadly for your pet if they aren't vaccinated.
2. Make sure their flea and worm treatments are up to date.
Like sickness and diseases, parasites can spread very quickly through a cat population when they're in close quarters. To save money, you can buy flea treatments that also treat worms. This type of treatment is available from your vet and is easily applied to the back of your cat's neck.
Fleas are generally not harmful to cats but they can be very uncomfortable for them. You may also find your house becomes infested with them if your normally flea-free cat brings them home after their stay in a cattery. However, worms can cause serious pain and discomfort in your pet, and heartworm can be fatal if left untreated.
3. Make sure you have an appropriate supply of your cat's food.
Many catteries will provide food for your cat during their stay, but it's a good idea to send a supply of their regular food along with them. Many cats are very sensitive, both physically and emotionally, to new brands of cat food. Changing diets rapidly can lead to gastro-intestinal upsets and may even cause your cat to stop eating, putting their health at risk.
Sending their own food along is especially important if they are on a special diet recommended by your vet. If your cat's food requires a vet's prescription, remember to leave the prescription and some extra money with the cattery operators so they can buy more in the unlikely event that your cat's food is rendered unusable.
It's normal to feel anxious about leaving your pet for the first time. However, by following the tips above, you'll ensure that your cat stays healthy, well fed, and happy while you're on your holiday.