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.
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
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!
For more feline facts and information on cat health, visit www.haveweseenyourcatlately.com.au.
By Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Australia