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cat health

cat being injectedAt Orchard Cattery the health of your cat is vitally important to us and we are proud of our excellent health and safety record under the licence issued by Stratford District Council, compliant with The Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.

The Animal Welfare regulations, means that owners, boarding establishments and rescue centres have a legal responsibility to meet the welfare needs of their animals.

The District Council inspects Orchard Cattery on an annual basis in accordance with this regulation for the licence to be retained.

In order to comply with this regulation and to ensure that your cat remains fit and healthy during its stay in the cattery as well as afterwards, we have several conditions in place, which we ask all cat owners wishing to board with us comply with.

These conditions will safeguard not only the health and well being of your cat, but also that of the other cats in the cattery.

conditions of board

Before your cat is accepted into the Cattery, the following conditions MUST be met:
  • All prior and current medical conditions are declared to Orchard Cattery before board commences
  • Cats must NOT be showing any signs of illness: sneezing, runny eyes or sickness & Diarrhoea
  • Cats must be NEUTERED (unless less than 6 months old)
  • Cats must have an UP TO DATE Vaccinations
  • Have regular treatment for the prevention of FLEAS
  • Have regular treatment for the prevention of WORMS


A current up to date vaccination certificate showing your cats vaccination history must be produced on arrival at the cattery.
All Cats must be vaccinated for the following Core Vaccinations:
  • Feline Panleukopenia FPV (enteritis)
  • Feline Herpesvirus FHV (cat flu)
  • Feline Calicivirus FCV (cat flu)
catteries Bishops Itchington Cats will NOT be accepted for boarding without evidence of the above been completed and kept up to date. Click on the image right to see sample of a vaccination record.

Vaccinations and Boosters are needed annually for ongoing protection. It's is important that these are done at least 7 days before entry into the Cattery. This is to ensure that there are no adverse reactions to the booster and more importantly, the booster has had chance to take effect.

Please don't risk a ruined holiday, keep vaccinations up to date.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Vaccinations.

medical history

All cats will be given a quick visual examination before being shown to their accommodation to ensure they are in good health.

Cats must not be suffering from, or suspected to be suffering from, any infectious or contagious disease, such as:-
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Eyes
  • Ear Mite
  • Sickness & Diarrhoea
Orchard Cattery reserves the right to refuse board to cats it considers at risk itself, or a risk to other boarders.

All prior and current medical conditions are declared to Orchard Cattery before board commences
It is important to inform the cattery of any health problems your cat has had in the past, or is likely to have, even the little things you may feel are insignificant in case your cat is taken ill during its board.

Should your cat be taken ill and needs to see a vet, we will endeavour to contact you or your nominated emergency contact before seeing a vet. If this is not possible we will take your cat to our nominated veterinary practice with whom we have a very close and supportive working relationship.



Orchard Cattery is happy to administer medications such as tablets or eye/ear drops. All we ask is that you tell us beforehand. Medication should be provided in their original packaging clearly stating the dosage and administration instructions.

elderly & disabled cats

Orchard Cattery has adapted facilities to provide boarding for elderly and disabled cats as well as deaf and blind cats. Please discuss your cats health with us if you have any concerns. We are always happy to advise on how best we can serve your cat during their stay.