Unlike dogs, cats are masters at hiding illness, and signs of a health problem may not be noticeable until an illness has reached an advanced stage. It’s important to take your cat to the vet at least once a year, particularly if you have a holiday coming up.

Cats going on their own holiday to the kennel or cattery are likely to be in contact with many new cats and possibly other animals. If you can ensure that they are up-to-date with any vaccinations ahead of time, maximum protection can be established in time for your travel dates.

To help you plan ahead for your holiday, here is a simple checklist. If you have any questions or need advice, please speak to our staff.

Several months before you travel

  • Book your cat into your favourite boarding facility. Contact us if you need any local recommendations.

Six weeks before you travel

  • Check to ensure vaccinations are up to date and that all relevant vaccines for boarding are complete.
  • Start familiarising your cat with the cat carrier - leave the door open so that your cat can make their own way in and feel comfortable prior to travel.
  • Make sure that you will have sufficient medications (if needed) to supply to the boarding facility. If not, speak to our staff to get the best advice.
  • Does your cat have any other health issues? If so, book an appointment with one of our vets so that these can be assessed before you go away.

A week before you travel

Ensure that your cat has been treated for the following:

  • Fleas and ticks
  • Worms

The day before you travel

  • Collect together any toys, blankets etc. that you wish to send with your cat.
  • Ensure you have your vaccination certificate ready to supply to the boarding facility.
  • Give your cat a few extra hugs today.

On the day of travel

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get you, and your cat, ready for your journeys.
  • Ensure you have all medications, vaccine certificate and toys etc. with you.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the boarding facility.
  • Enjoy your holiday!

Download the checklist

For more feline facts and information on cat health, visit www.haveweseenyourcatlately.com.au.