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Preparing for the Cattery

Preparing yourself and your cat for a trip to the Cattery

The G.R Team have compiled a handy checklist to ensure that you have all you need ready for your holiday. Hopefully this checklist will save you some time, better spent on packing that suitcase! Click the button above for a printable copy.

Checklist For Cattery Stays

  • Up to date Vaccinations
  • Vaccination card
  • Emergency Contact Numbers
  • Microchip Details
  • Home comforts (bedding, blankets, toys, scratching post)
  • Allergies (notify the cattery prior to boarding)
  • Food (if providing own food ensure it is in a sealed container labelled with your pet’s name, frequency of feed and quantity of feed)
  • Flea and worming Treatments (ensure that treatments are given prior to boarding or if due during their stay ask if your cattery will be happy to administer on your behalf.  If they are happy to do so, ensure that your treatment is labelled with your cat’s name, dosage and date(s) on which to be administered.)
  • Medications (If your cat requires medication for a condition ensure when booking that your cattery are happy to administer on your behalf.  Some catteries may charge more for this service.  Ensure medication is sealed with details of storage, instructions on administration and labelled with your pet’s name and frequency.  Ensure also that you have enough medication for the entirety of their stay and that it is still in date.)
  • Relevant Medical History
  • Potential Behavioural Issues


Vaccinations are important to protect your cat against a variety of diseases. Core vaccines are compulsory vaccinations, but there are three optional vaccines. Different catteries have different policies; some may require the optional vaccines for any cat boarding with them, so do make sure you check their policy, it is certainly worth a telephone call if you are unsure.

Core Vaccines

  • Feline Influenza (Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calcivirus)
  • Feline Infectious Enteritis (Feline Parvovirus and Feline Panleukopenia)

Optional Vaccines

  • Feline Leukaemia
  • Feline Chlamydophila 
  • Rabies

It is standard procedure to require vaccination courses are updated at least two weeks prior to admission since some vaccines give small live doses so ensure you prepare in advance! Evidence of vaccinations will also be required so make sure to pack the vaccination card along with your cat’s belongings.


Does your cat have any allergies? Make a note of these and be sure to tell those responsible for your cat’s care to ensure they meet all dietary requirements. A change of diet can also cause gastrointestinal upsets so if your cattery allows and you are concerned it may be worth packing your cat’s usual feed for their stay. Measure out the correct amounts of food for their stay and ensure that it is in sealed packaging with your pet’s name, amount of feed and frequency of feed. As a precaution I would always recommend packing more than needed just in case your return is delayed for unforeseen reasons.

Home Comforts

Even the most well built catteries with the best facilities can cause your cat stress; he/she is in a new environment and not with the people he/she usually spends it’s days with. Home comforts can make the world of difference in terms of a pet settling down and enjoying their stay. Make sure to pack their favourite blankets, their usual bed and toys; all of these things help bring a dimension of normality and will ensure your pet is far more comfortable during their stay.


If your cat requires regular medication or has medication which needs administering during their stay you should check that there will be someone on site who is able to administer it. Some catteries may charge an additional rate for this service. If your pet requires medication ensure that they have enough for their stay and that it is in date. The medication will need to be labelled with your cat’s name, the dosage needed, frequency and instructions on how to administer.


If your cat has certain behavioural issues; it is understandable that you might not want to risk them declining your cat for boarding. However, if they do not want to accept a cat with behavioural issues there will be good reasons for such a policy, notably that they will be unable to provide it with the care it needs. By giving your cattery more information on your cat’s behavioural quirks and traits you allow them to care better for your cat; if your cat doesn’t enjoy certain types of contact it means they can avoid these triggers. If they do not want to take your cat as a result of certain tendencies it is in the welfare interests of your cat to take it elsewhere

Small Details to Have Handy

  • Emergency Contact Telephone Numbers
  • Microchip Number
  • Cat’s Date of Birth 

Click the button below for your printable checklist!

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