More Changes to Cat Boarding in 2016

Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963

Latest Conditions June 2016

Under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, anyone wanting to board animals commercially must obtain a licence from their local council, Rosegreen 4 Cats is licensed by Fife Council . The Act requires councils to ensure that the business in question observes certain conditions regarding the suitability of the accommodation provided and the welfare of the animals boarded.

At over 50 years old, the 1963 Boarding Establishment Act, which requires all boarding establishments to be licensed, is somewhat dated and does not reflect the needs of the modern dog or cat. In this issue we look at how licensing conditions are moving with the times.

The regulation of boarding establishments first began formally in 1963, with the passing of the Animal Boarding Act 1963, to quote Clause 1: ‘No person shall keep a boarding establishment for animals except under the authority of a licence granted in accordance with the provisions of this Act.’

Animal Welfare Act (AWA) Scotland 2007

In 2006, the long awaited Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was passed in Westminster Parliament and Scotland in 2007. Seen as a major step forward for animal welfare, the Act places a ‘duty of care’ on owners and keepers of animals, requiring them to be accountable for ensuring that the five welfare needs of their animals are met, comprising:

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  • the need for a suitable environment
  • the need for a suitable diet
  • the need to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • the need to be housed with or apart from other animals (as applicable)
  • the need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Looking at these five needs, three are consistent with the 1963 Act criteria in terms of accommodation, feeding and disease prevention. However, the AWA introduces a requirement to look after the animal’s mental well-being, something which is not covered either in the 1963 Act nor the subsequent MLCs.

To help address this a new working group was set up in 2012 to look into developing MLCs for catteries to bring in the requirement for mental welling. The group was again made up of animal welfare charities, the veterinary profession, local authority Environmental Health Officers and the Pet Industry Federation.

The Model Licence Conditions (MLCs) expanded on the Act and included stipulations on construction, the size of the units, cleaning and disinfection, food and drink provision, management procedures and disease control and vaccination.

The new MLCs for catteries were published in 2013 and subsequently updated in 2016 and are presented in a new format to follow the five needs of the AWA. They offer comprehensive advice to inspectors and cattery owners alike and include a check sheet which proprietors can use to self-assess their premises and procedures ahead of the licensing inspection.

Fife Council, Environment and Licensing like most Local Authorities has confirmed it has adopted the latest guidance and that all new catteries / applicants will need to meet the 2016 conditions fully to be licensed. It has also been clarified that existing catteries will be given a period of time in which to meet the 2016 conditions, however this

Model Licence Conditions 2013 revised (June 2016)

extension is applicable to any new applicants. All new owners /applicants will require to make a fresh application for a licence and fully meet current regulations. Although this is the most comprehensive change to animal boarding and will undoubtabley raise conditions and standards across the boarding cattery estate it may see a reduction in overall spaces available as older proprietors decide not to invest and upgrade and potential new owners find it cheaper to start a fresh with new premises and new units that meet licensing conditions from the outsight.


To download a copy of the 2013 Model Licensing Conditions as amended June 2016 click on the image opposite



Rosegreen 4 Cats Owner – Mark “I’m Abseiling Of The Forth Rail Bridge”

Hi everyone I am raising money for children 1st. The abseil takes place on 21 June 2015 a few days after my late father’s birthday, and is a 165 foot SAS-style abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge to the beach below on the southern side of the bridge. Not looking forward to it as I am not keen on heights, however with your support I will be there. Please share on your page or follow the link and donate if you can? Every bit helps kids and families xx

Mark Welsh – Owner Rosegreen 4 Cats

64293_10205844850174950_6664894198833499781_n I want to make a difference. I’m inspired by the work that CHILDREN 1ST do, so I wanted to raise money for them by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’  link. The more people that know about CHILDREN 1ST, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to me, my kids and others.


Feline Fungus – New Species Identified

( —A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.

afelinefungu“This all originated from spotting an unusual fungal infection in three cats I was seeing at the University’s cat treatment centre in 2006,” said Dr Vanessa Barrs, from the University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, whose findings have just been published in PLOS One.

“These cats presented with a tumour-like growth in one of their eye sockets, that had spread there from the nasal cavity. The fungal spores are inhaled and in susceptible cats they establish a life-threatening infection that is very difficult to treat.”

Six years of investigation followed, including working with some of the world’s leading fungal experts at the CBS-KNAW fungal biodiversity centre in The Netherlands.

“Finally I was able to confirm this as a completely new species, Aspergillus felis, which can cause virulent disease in humans and cats by infecting their respiratory tract. We were able to demonstrate that this was a new species of fungus on a molecular and reproductive level and in terms of its form.

“Similar to the closely related fungus Aspergillus fumigates, this new species of fungus can reproduce both asexually and sexually – and we discovered both phases of the fungus.”

Since the first sighting of the new species, more than 20 sick domestic cats from around Australia and one cat from the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with the fungus.

The fungus appears to infect otherwise healthy cats but in the two humans identified it attacked an already highly compromised immune system.

The disease is not passed between humans and cats but its study in cats will not only help their treatment but provide a good model for the study of the disease in people. There is only a 15 percent survival rate of cats with the disease and it has so far proved fatal in humans. To date only one case has been identified in a dog.

“We are right at the start of recognising the diseases caused by this fungus in animals and humans. The number of cases may be increasing in frequency or it may just be we are getting better at recognising them,” Dr Barrs said.

“Fungi like Aspergillus felis can be easily misidentified as the closely related fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, which is a well-studied cause of disease in humans. However, A. felis is intrinsically more resistant to antifungal drugs than A. fumigatus and this has important implications for therapy and prognosis.”

The next step for Dr Barrs and her team is studying fungi in culture collections throughout Australia to determine the prevalence of A. felis infections in people with previously diagnosed aspergillosis. They will collaborate with researchers at the Westmead Millenium Institute for Medical Research.

Rosegreen 4 owner Mark Welsh MCMI says ” Its re assuring to see that feline medicine is at the forefront of research around the world.

This is a reminder why standards of disinfection and barrier nursing need to be a priority for all pet boarding providers, whether  a veterinary surgery, boarding establishment or home boarder. When caring for other peoples pets you can never be too careful and should always be using quality licensed veterinary disinfectants in premises.”