No passionate and loving pet owner likes the thought of being separated from their beloved animals. Nevertheless, there are occasions whereby your feline friend may need to go into temporary accommodation for a short while. These can be planned events, such as a vacation or business trip, or something unexpected such as needing to go and stay in hospital or even if you are recovering at home but are unable to give your cat the attention she needs whilst doing so.
Fortunately, modern boarding facilities can offer your pet all of the creature comforts of home and the care of experienced, compassionate professionals. Most boarding services can take animals for anything from just a few days to a number of weeks if booked in advance. Make sure that you do your research carefully when it comes to choosing a cat boarding service – ask your veterinarian and local friends or family for recommendations. Nevertheless, once you have found your ideal cattery for your feline, there will still be some other things that you need to think about. One of the most important will be whether or not your cat is up to date with her vaccinations and whether she would benefit from having them updated.
Why are cat vaccinations so important?
Most pet owners will know that vaccinations form an essential part of their animal’s preventative care. This is because, like us, our pets can benefit from being protected from infectious diseases and viruses. Unfortunately, there are many of these that can affect our cats, some of which can be serious or even deadly.
As a responsible and caring cat parent, you undoubtedly have already ensured that your feline has had preventative vaccinations in the past. However, most cat boarding facilities will insist on proof that she is up to date with her vaccines and may even have specific rules regarding how recently she must have been vaccinated to enable her to be boarded.
The reason that vaccinations are so important in a cattery is that this type of facility represents a high-risk situation in terms of germs being passed, primarily since your cat will be in very close proximity to many others. This enables contagious diseases to spread with ease, and it could take just one sick cat to infect countless others.
Why does my cat need an updated vaccination if she has had one not too long ago?
As we previously stated, some catteries will have their own rules and regulations for admitting a cat to their care, and this may include specifications about how recently your furbaby has been vaccinated. In addition to this, the nature of vaccines means that they could lose effectiveness over time. For this reason, and to ensure that your feline has the maximum protection possible, many veterinarians will recommend that you seek a booster vaccine several months before boarding your cat.
Your veterinarian has access to your cat’s medical records and is the best person to decide about the type and frequency of her vaccinations. However, before boarding your feline, you should carefully find out what requirements your chosen boarding facility has for admission.
If you have further questions about cat vaccinations and their importance when using a boarding facility, our knowledgeable staff are on standby to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact and get in touch with our clinic in Memphis, Tennessee to speak to us or to arrange an appointment for your pet.