Boarding is no longer available at the CCCC

Effective September 15, 2019 Boarding is no longer available

Boarding is no longer available at the CCC

September 13, 2019

Dear Valued client,

We regret to notify you that effective immediately, we will no longer be able to provide boarding services for our patients.  Clients who have already scheduled boarding prior to this date will not be affected by this change, however, no new bookings will be scheduled.  We understand that this is rather unwelcome news, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  While it is a service that we were proud to offer our patients, the practice can no longer sustain the staffing necessary to provide this service.

Please have a look at the following area options:

There are also various pet sitter options available.

Vaccination certificates are available upon request.  Please allow a notice time of 3 business days when requesting these documents.  Flea prevention is strongly encouraged for every boarding visit, so be sure your cat is up to date on flea prevention before boarding.

Kindest regards,
Dr. Kelly St. Denis, feline specialist

What to look for in a boarding facility

It’s a stressful prospect for both you and your cat.  You have to be away from home, and need to find care.  The Brantford area offers a variety of boarding facility options, but how do you know what to look for?  A boarding facility for cats needs to provide a Cat Friendly, stress-free environment that is also safe, with no risk of contracting infectious disease.  Here are some things to consider:

Cat Friendly and Stress Free

  • Boarding units should not be facing each other and partitions between units should be opaque.  Cats should not be able to see each other, as it is stressful to have strange cats within visual sight.  Cats are generally solitary animals and do not like the presence of unfamiliar cats, nor do they understand the concept of partitions being permanent.  It will increase their stress level if they think an adjacent cat or a cat at play nearby might be able to eat their food, use their litter and/or use their beds.
  • Staff should be providing a minimum of twice daily care to the cat and boarding unit, ensuring messes are cleaned up, food and water bowls are clean and litter boxes are scooped and clean.
  • Blankets and beds should be clean, but a full removal of blankets is not recommended as it is important for the unit to retain some of the cat’s scent.  The boarding facility should allow you to bring your cat’s own blankets, beds and toys if so desired, as this will improve the comfort level of the cat in a new setting.
  • Cats should be allowed exercise time at least once daily, away from and out of visual distance of other cats.  If exercise areas face onto other boarders, stress and anxiety will ensue.

Health & Safety Conscious

  • Boarding facilities should require up to date vaccinations with certificate proof against the upper respiratory viruses Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FHV-1) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV).  These infectious viruses can be spread through droplets on air via sneezes.
  • Boarding facilities should require up to date vaccinations with certificate proof against Rabies virus.
  • Boarding facilities should have a posted infectious disease control policy, with the goal of eliminating any risk of spread of infectious disease from cat to cat.
  • Boarding facilities should have a flea prevention treatment requirement.  Fleas are very difficult to diagnose on cats, and can travel from unit to unit easily.  The most effective way to prevent fleas in a boarding facility is to require application of a licensed veterinary flea control product prior to arrival to the facility.