CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments

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The CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments is a document to help commercial catteries and cat boarding businesses to comply to minimum standards of care for cats whilst in the care of the boarding establishment. Although the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments is a voluntary guideline, all licensing authorities use this guideline to help decide if they will grant an application to run a cattery or commercial cat boarding business.

Although the document is aimed at local authority licensing officers and commercial catteries and cat boarding businesses, it is also useful for anyone wishing to use a cattery or cat boarding establishment to see what minimum requirements a cattery should comply to.

The main areas the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments covers are:

  • Providing the cat(s) with a suitable place to live/stay
  • Providing the cat(s) with an appropriate diet
  • Allowing the cat(s) to express normal behaviour patterns
  • Providing the cat(s) with the appropriate company
  • Protecting the cat(s) from pain, suffering, injury and disease

Improved conditions for new cattery builds

Building a new cattery is also a focus of improved guidelines. The main updated conditions for new catteries are:

  • In new build any wood to which the cat has access must be clad with an impervious smooth material to prevent damage and make cleaning and disinfection easier
  • In new build sneeze barriers must be at a minimum, translucent (Allowing light to pass through, but only diffusely, so that objects on the other side cannot be clearly distinguished) to reduce stress caused by cats seeing one another
  • For new build the smallest unit must be large enough for up to 2 cats and to allow for adequate staff space for cleaning

View our 2014 version of the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments below: