Although it would be wonderful to take our feline friends along with us whenever we need to be away from home, it isn't always possible. So today, our Stuart vets share why boarding your cat while you are out is a good idea.
A Boarding Facility (Kennels) For Cats
These days lots of boarding facilities welcome cats as well as dogs. For many people - and their feline friends - this is the best option for your pet when you are on vacation.
Boarding facilities should be run by professionals who will make sure your cat is always, fed, watered, supervised, and get's quality one-on-one time. You will also need to call them well in advance to book your cat's stay to ensure they have availability and space for your four-legged companion.
While many cats can have separation anxiety and might be stressed out by being left alone with strangers in an unknown environment, there are steps you can take to lessen their fears such as bringing along their favorite toys, blankets, bed, or even a piece of your clothing. You can also do a trial run to make sure your kitty gets along well at the facility, this also helps make them familiar with the setting.
You should also clearly communicate with the facility to make sure they clearly understand all of your cat's needs and that they offer all of the boarding services you and your cat require.
You must be comfortable with the kennel you have selected - ensure the place you are choosing is clean, well run, and quiet. See if the facility you are selecting is cat friendly with a separate boarding area for cats and dogs and that your kitty's kennel is large enough so the litter box is kept in a separate area from their food and bed. You may also want to see if it has features such as a window for your cat to watch outside, climate-controlled kennels and if they offer quality one-on-one time with the staff.
Take the time to view the place your kitty will be staying in from their perspective, to make sure your cat will be comfortable and well cared for in your absence.
At Animal Care Extraordinaire our boarding facility is cat friendly, and our professional and qualified veterinary team will ensure all of your cat's needs are being met, we will answer any questions you may have and offer trial stays to make sure we are the perfect fit for your pet.
The Benefits of Leaving Your Cat at Kennel
Wondering if leaving your cat at a kennel might be a good option for you? Here are a few of the benefits of leaving your cat at a high-quality, professional boarding facility while you are on vacation:
- Your cat will be supervised their entire stay
- Their feeding schedule will be the same as it is at home
- Your kitty's kennel will be cleaned daily
- The staff will notice if your cat is not eating or if they are sick
- Good kennels offer calming and relaxing environments for cats
- The staff can make sure your cat's medications are administered properly and on time
- You can call them to see how your kitty is doing
At the end of the day it is your decision where you leave your cat while you are on vacation, take the time to weigh your options and make sure you are choosing the best possible option for you and your feline companion.
What to Bring When Boarding Your Cat
Bring your pet's identification tag, collar, and leash; though some boarding facilities include collars and tags. Special snacks can also be brought, but keep in mind that they may become dirty and/or damaged. Don't send your one-of-a-kind, must-have toy or bed; instead, use the bedding provided by the boarding facility.
Ensure that he or she is up to date on vaccinations. Most boarding facilities require you to update your pet's vaccines well in advance of your stay.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.