Appendix to licence conditions for boarding of cats

Appendix to licence conditions for boarding of cats

1. The licence applies to a maximum of ** cat units as shown on the authorised plan, to house a maximum of ** cats subject to any other restriction imposed by the other conditions (see especially Condition 3 below).

2. No stray animals may be kept in the licensed cattery without prior consultation with the district council.

3. Each cat must be provided with a separate unit, except that cats from the same household may share a unit of adequate size with the owner’s written consent.

4. Holding units may be provided for temporary accommodation for up to 24 hours, but these must comply with the same standards as the main units, and must be a minimum of 9 sq. ft.

5. Suitable bedding must be provided which allows the cat to be comfortable and which is capable of being easily and adequately cleaned and disinfected. Such equipment must be sited out of draughts. Bedding material should be checked daily and must be maintained in a clean, parasite free and dry condition.

6. Exercise areas must not be used as sleeping areas. There must be direct and voluntary access to the exercise area.


7. All staff must be adequately trained/experienced/supervised so as to ensure the level of care given to boarded animals.

Temperature in Units

8. There must be some part of the cat’s sleeping area where the cat is able to enjoy a temperature of at least 10°C (50°F).


9. All parts of the cattery must be kept clean and properly maintained to a reasonable standard.

10. Each occupied unit must be cleansed daily. All excreta and soiled material must be removed from all areas used by cats at least daily and more often if necessary.

11. All bedding areas must be kept clean and dry.

12. Suitably sited litter trays, which are easy to clean and waterproof, must be provided. These must be emptied and cleansed at least once a day and as necessary at any time during the day if found to be unduly soiled. A suitable material for litter must be provided.

13. Each unit must be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected and dried upon vacation. All fittings and bedding must also be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected at that time.

14. Facilities must be provided for the proper reception, storage and disposal of all waste. Particular care should be taken to segregate clinical waste arising from the treatment and handling of cats with infectious diseases. The final disposal route for all such waste must be agreed in writing with the district council.

15. Measures must be taken to minimise the risks from rodents, insects and other pests within the establishment.

Food and Water Supplies

16. All cats must be adequately supplied with suitable food. At least two meals a day must be offered at approximately 8 hours apart. Wholesome water must be available at all times and changed daily.

17. Eating and drinking vessels must be capable of being easily cleansed and disinfected to prevent cross-contamination. They must be maintained in a clean condition.

18. Eating vessels must be cleansed after each meal. Drinking vessels must be cleansed at least once a day.

19. The food storage and preparation facilities including wash up sinks and wash hand basins must be maintained in a clean and hygienic condition.

20. Where fresh and cooked meats are stored, refrigeration facilities must be provided, and potential food contamination must be avoided.

21. Containers must be provided for the storage of foods and shall be so constructed and kept in such good order, repair and condition as to be proof against insects and other pests.

Disease Control and Vaccination

22. Adequate precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious and contagious disease and parasites amongst the cats, staff and visitors.

23. Proof must be provided that cats boarded or resident have current vaccinations against Infectious Feline Enteritis, feline respiratory disease and other relevant diseases. The course of vaccination must have been completed at least four weeks before the first date of boarding or in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions. A record that this proof has been supplied must be kept on site throughout the period that the cat is boarded.

24. Advice from a veterinary surgeon must be sought in case of signs of disease, injury or illness. Where any cat is sick or injured any instructions for its treatment which have been given by a veterinary surgeon must be strictly followed.

25. A well stocked first-aid kit suitable for use on cats must be available and accessible on site.

Isolation Facilities

26. The agreed isolation facilities, shown on the authorised plan, must be kept available and properly maintained.

27. Adequate facilities to prevent the spread of infectious disease between the isolation and other units, must be provided.

28. Hands must be washed after leaving the isolation facilities before visiting the other units.


29. A register must be kept of all cats boarded. The information kept must include the following:

- date of arrival

- name of cat, any identification system such as microchip, number or tattoo

- description, breed, age and gender of cat

- name, address and telephone number of owner or keeper

- name, address and telephone number of contact person whilst boarded if possible

- name, address and telephone number of cat’s veterinary surgeon

- anticipated and actual date of departure

- health, welfare and nutrition requirements

30. The register must be kept readily available for a minimum of 24 months and kept in such a manner as to allow an authorised officer easy access to such information.

31. Where records are digital, a back-up copy must be kept. The register must also be available to key members of staff of the establishment at all times.

Identification of Units

32. Each unit must be clearly marked (eg numbered), and a system in place which ensures that relevant information about the cat in that unit is readily available.


33. A fit and proper person must always be present to exercise supervision and deal with emergencies whenever cats are boarded at the premises.

34. Cats must be visited and checked at regular intervals of not more than 4 hours during the hours of 8.00 am - 6.00 pm, as necessary for their health, safety and welfare. Evening visits may be appropriate at the proprietors discretion.

Fire Precautions

35. Appropriate steps must be taken for the protection of the cats in case of fire or other emergencies.

36. A proper emergency evacuation plan and fire warning procedure must be drawn up and posted on the premises. This must include instructions where cats are to be evacuated to in the event of a fire or other emergency. A copy of the emergency plan must be provided to the district council.

37. Fire fighting equipment must be provided in accordance with advice given by the Fire Prevention Officer.

38. All electrical installations and appliances must be maintained in a safe condition. There must be a residual current circuit breaker system on each block of units.

39. Heating appliances must not be sited in a location or manner where they may present a risk of fire, or risk to cats.

40. Precautions must be taken to prevent any accumulation which may present a risk of fire.

41. There must be adequate means of raising an alarm in the event of fire or other emergency.


42. Adequate insurance indemnity, sufficient to cover the maximum number of animals boarded, must be maintained. Adequate public liability insurance must also be arranged.

Staff Facilities

43. Adequate toilet and washing facilities must be available for staff, and an adequate first aid kit must be provided and maintained.

Layout and Alterations

44. The establishment must, at all times, be laid out and operated in accordance with an approved plan, to be attached to the licence. Before carrying out any alterations, plans must be submitted to and approved by the licensing officer of the local authority.

Control of Infection etc

45. The proprietor must register with a Veterinary Practice; the name and address of which should be displayed with the licence and notified to the District Council.

46. In the event of the death of any animal in care, or serious illness requiring veterinary treatment, the council must be notified as soon as possible.

Structural Requirements

47. The premises must meet the structural requirements of the licensing authority, subject to any relaxation or improvement which may be agreed or imposed from time to time.

48. The premises must be maintained in such a condition that it complies with structural conditions throughout the period covered by the licence.

Special Conditions

1. Unless otherwise stated, these conditions shall apply to all buildings and areas to which cats have access and/or which are used in association with the boarding of cats. Use of the term ‘unit’ relates to combined sleeping and individual exercise areas.

2. A copy of the licence and its conditions must be suitably displayed to the public in a prominent position in, on or about the boarding establishment.


West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA