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Viv's Animal Spot - Boarding Kennels and Catteries - 14 Nov


- Boarding facilities ensure your pet is well looked after and safe while you are away
- Choosing a boarding facility that suits your pet is important, try and visit a prospective option and meet the owners and look at the cages and runs
- MAF requirements for boarding premises are listed on their website 
- Possible questions to ask will involve the requirements below

- Need to be separated by either solid partitions or chain wire dividers for containment (and to avoid injury to each other)
- Sealed concrete floors important for drainage and cleanliness
- Sizing of cages important, must be able to feed, sleep, stand, lie with limbs extended, stretch and move about
- Usually contains a night box for sleeping and an outside run for toileting
- Size depends on the size of the dog, see website for measurements
- An exercise yard is essential also, usually separate to kennel where animals can be released for exercise
- Old or very young animals must have special kennels which may require special heating or cooling, and isolation from more boisterous animals
- Lighting ideally is natural, with sunlight and shade as necessary
- Adequate ventilation and dry soft bedding
- Security issues such as fire alarms, fire extinguishers and 3m high boundary fencing, as well as double doors into the kennel areas to prevent escapes!
- Cleaning must be at least once daily
- Current (within a year) vaccinations important as well as  worming and flea treatments up to date

- Minimum size of cages should be 600mm x 600mm x 600mm including a sleeping shelf
- Cats should have access to an exercise area twice daily for at least an hour at a time
- Ideally a separate exercise run to separate cats (to reduce the spread of disease) 1.8m x 1.2m x 600mm
- Ideal temperature range is 15 deg - 22deg
- Adequate ventilation and noise control ( not near dog kennels)
- Natural light and sunlight
- Warm dry bedding on the sleeping shelf
- Litter trays cleaned twice daily, cages cleaned and disinfected at least once daily
- Must have an isolation area for possible sick or infective animals as well as for very young or old animals requiring special treatment
- Must have access to good quality food and be monitored on food, water and toileting
- Health checks done daily by trained or qualified staff
- Vaccinations essential as well as current worming and flea control 
- Good record keeping  important as well for contact numbers etc
- Double entry doors into the cattery area important to prevent escapes!