When your cat is exposed to other cats in any way, vaccine status is very important. Boarding is no exception. A Little Pet Inn requires that your cat be up-to-date on vaccines in order to board. This is for your cat’s protection.
It is always in your kitties own best interest to ensure that vaccines are up-to-date. The following vaccines are required for boarding at A Little Pet Inn:
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia, three viruses that can make unvaccinated cats very ill. Infection with the Rhinotracheitis virus and Calicivirus cause feline upper respiratory diseases. Panleukopenia, caused by a parvo virus, affects the GI tract. Vaccinated cats will either not develop these diseases or will get a very mild form of them while unvaccinated cats can become seriously ill and even die. Direct contact is not required for transmission; some of these viruses can travel through the air via sneezing or can even be transmitted by bowls, bedding, or human hands and live in the environment for very long periods of time.
It is also important that your cat be up-to-date with the Rabies vaccine. Rabies is a deadly disease and, while a boarding facility may not be a terribly likely location where your cat could contract the virus, the fatal nature of the disease makes it not worth taking any chance. In addition, the rabies vaccination is almost always required by state, county, or township laws.
Additionally, FeLV is vaccine (feline leukemia) is required. FIV and FIP vaccines (feline immunodeficiency virus and feline infectious peritonitis) are desired, not required. Your cat should not be at risk for contracting these viruses while boarding at A Little Pet Inn; however, your kitty's safety and health is our business.
If your cat has never been vaccinated before, the vaccines should be given at least two weeks in advance of boarding in order for them to be protective. An unvaccinated cat must have two FVRCP vaccines 21-28 days apart to be protected. The second of these two vaccines must be given at least two weeks prior to boarding.
If your cats have been kept up-to-date on their vaccines for years, current thinking is that vaccines may not be needed as often as we used to believe or perhaps not at all after a certain age and/or a certain number of vaccines. However, A Little Pet Inn still requires a certificate from your veterinarian proving that your cat was vaccinated within the last year or other required period of time.
Always discuss vaccination requirements and risks with your veterinarian. There are some special circumstances, such as your cat’s age and health status, that may need to be addressed with the management of A Little Pet Inn prior to arranging for your cat to board. While protecting your cat against diseases such as rabies and upper respiratory viruses is important, elderly and physically compromised cats can possibly be harmed more than helped by vaccinations. Only you and your veterinarian can determine the best plan for your cat. Cats without vaccinations will only be permitted with veterinarian recommendation and approval in writing, currently dated, and signed. Verification of documentation will be performed.
This application can be used for multiple cats (if you have a dog(s) as well, please fill out a seperate application HERE). You can even upload your pets vet records and a photograph of your sweetheart! Please only apply once, regardless of the service requested. For alternatives, contact us at info@alittlepetinn or at (407) 405-3744.