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Q. I am putting my cat into a cattery soon whilst I am away on business next month.  The owners of the cattery have insisted that my cat is vaccinated.  Why is this important?

A. Most reputable catteries will only take in cats that have been fully vaccinated against cat flu, feline infectious enteritis (FIE) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV).  All three diseases can be fatal and the only prevention is vaccination.  

These diseases can easily be spread from infected cats to unvaccinated cats.  Catteries have a lot of boarding cats over the year and the obvious risks of spreading disease are much higher when larger populations are kept together.  They are only insisting on these vaccinations to protect your pet.  

Annual vaccination is recommended to keep your cat’s level of protection high and enable it to fight off these viruses should they be encountered.  Consult your vet who will be able to advise you on a vaccination programme.  

 

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