Source: Express (Extract)
Posted: April 30, 2024

Veterinary practices in the UK are reportedly facing a shortage of cat vaccines.

British holidaymakers planning to travel with their cat this summer holidays have been issued an urgent warning with a shortage of cat vaccines reported across the country.

Brits have been cautioned that cats’ housing accommodations will only accept pets who are up to date with their vaccinations.

At present, veterinary practices in the UK are reportedly facing a shortage of vaccines, with many prioritising elderly and vulnerable cats for injections.

The scarcity may result in challenges for cat owners seeking to reserve accommodations for their pets at catteries prior to travel if their pets’ vaccinations are not up to date.

Boarding facilities typically mandate vaccinations against cat flu, feline enteritis, and feline leukaemia as part of their licensing requirements.

It’s essential to keep vaccinations up to date, necessitating annual visits to the vet for re-administration.

Experts at The Grange Retreat told GB news: “The only exemption for these vaccinations is if they cannot be administered due to health reasons; in this case, your cattery will need evidence of a titer test from your vet as a substitute.”

The veterinary practice Cinque Ports Vets, has warned cat owners of the shortages. They said: “There has been an industry-wide shortage of Cat Vaccines affecting all UK veterinary practices.

“This means that we will be prioritising the vaccination of vulnerable cats, to include factors such as age, disease risk, exposure and how soon the vaccination is due.

“If your cat is due a vaccination, please call our practice where a member of our reception team will be happy to help and can advise you on when we can book your vaccination.

“As a reminder, vaccinations can be safely administered within three months of the due date, so these appointments can be booked in the future.”

The RSPCA recommends catteries to pet owners who are unable to find a friend or family member to look after their cat.

“It’s important to take the time to find a place that’s suitable for your pet, as each one will vary and the environment can be stressful,” states the organisation.

“If it’s your first time choosing an animal boarding place, ask your vet or friends for recommendations.”