Close Quarters: Preparing Kitty for a Stay at a Kennel or Boarder



As vacation time comes around, many of us will be entrusting our cats to kennels and


until our return.Since kennels almost universally have close quarters and lots of cats at a time, there's potential for germs to spread and for your cat to become sick. Make sure you're prepared by checking up on your cat's vaccinations.

Core Vaccines

All felines should get the core

kitten vaccinations

starting at about 6 to 8 weeks of age. If your cat hasn't been vaccinated forย feline distemper, feline calici virus, feline herpes type 1, and rabies, make an appointment with your vet to do this right away. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in most states, and a kennel or boarder will likely ask about these core vaccines before accepting your pet.

Non-Core Vaccines


American Association of Feline Practitioners

encourages all cats to get the following non-required vaccines as well:

Feline leukemia

, Bordetella, feline immunodeficiency, and feline chlamydia.ย Especially outdoor cats, who may come in contact with cats who haven't been vaccinated.Even if your cat has been indoors since the day they were born, it's very likely that outdoor and indoor cats will share the space at a kennel, so be sure your cat's vaccinations are up to date.

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