Australia is a nation of pet lovers, with cats considered to be a true member of the family by most. While the feline friend can often be front and centre in daily activities at home, there are times throughout the year when you need to take a break from them. Human beings need pampering as well and this frequently calls for a long holiday away to recharge. Quite a conundrum for cat owners, who may not know where to start when it comes to boarding their pets. What do you need to consider as you are planning your strategy?
Leaving It to the Professionals
The first thing you need to do is to stop worrying. You may think that nobody can care for your furry friend like you, but remember that all of the staff at a boarding facility are there because they are first and foremost pet lovers themselves. They also professionals who are used to caring for this type of animal and their specific foibles. If you chose to leave your cat with some friends, they may be enthusiastic and willing to help you out, but they may not have the time or the experience to deal with this properly.
Doing the Research
To make sure that you are happy with your choice of boarding facility, do your research first. Have a look at the layout of the property to see that cats have plenty of space, a suitable range of toys to play with and enough places that they can do what cats do, sleep and hide.
Satisfy yourself that the staff working at the property are indeed engaged and seem to be fairly relaxed. Make sure that there are enough members to deal with the day-to-day running of the facility, to ensure that they are not overworked or stressed.
Check on the type of food that they will be providing for your cat, especially if your pet is a little finicky or needs a specific diet medication.
It's also a good idea to go online and check through the various social media sites and search engines to come up with recommendations and comments from those who have been involved with the facility before.
Getting Kitty Ready
Once you're happy with your choice, make sure that your pet is ready for their adventure too. Ensure that they are up-to-date with vaccinations if needed.
Hopefully, they will be used to travelling in a crate when they go to their regular vet visits and will be also used to travelling in a car. If not, you may need to introduce them gradually to both of these experiences well in advance of the holiday. In certain circumstances, it's also possible to arrange for an overnight stay at a boarding facility just to introduce the cat to the concept. This should make it a lot less stressful when your holiday actually rolls around. For more information, talk to a professional like Penfield Kennels & Cattery.Share
7 March 2017
I work away for 2 weeks, then come home for 2 weeks. I decided to get a cat because I'd thought they'd be OK with spending time by themselves, but I seemed to choose the most needy cat in the shelter. He started doing some protest wees on my bed while I'm away, which is not much fun. I've started putting my cat in a boarding kennel when I'm away so there is someone to play with him while I'm away and make sure that he gets all the attention that he needs. Hopefully he'll be happier when I get home, and I know I'll be a lot happier with a clean bed!