When it comes to taking care of a cat when you are going on vacation, many people prefer to board their feline friend at a cat boarding facility in their very own kitty condo as opposed to leaving them at home. If this is your preference then you’ll want to make sure you have the best possible facility.
This can be a difficult choice as a pet owner, as there are so many different options out there. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to find the best cat boarding facility.
Consider your needs and that of your cat
When choosing a cat boarding facility, it is important to consider more than just the location. You should also take into account the quality of care offered.
Does the boarding facility offer accommodation to both cats and dogs? If so the cats should be contained in an area that is separated well away from the dogs. Few things can stress out a normal cat worse than around the clock barking and howling!
When choosing the best boarding for your feline friend, don’t limit yourself to what the “normal” kennel has to offer. You would definitely find more interesting and lavish benefits if you widen your search … and your budget! Maybe you’d like your cat to feel that they are enjoying a vacation too by booking them into their very own pet resort! Cat hotels offering luxury cat boarding are opening up everywhere and they offer a lot more than the basic requirements to keep your cat happy and healthy.
A standard kitty condo comes equipped with a bed, perching shelves or cat tree, a scratching post, toys and a litter box. Some cat hotels really go that extra mile to indulge their feline guests! We’ve heard of ones offering iPad games, aquariums and even catnip cocktails!
Some catteries allow cats out of their cat condo for periods of play with an employee, while others have extra special compensation such as grooming, toys for the cats, and a lounge area. If your cat enjoys spending time outdoors, some kennels will have their own secure outdoor area where the cat can feel the wind on its fur and spend time watching the local wildlife.
When making enquiries at cat boarding facilities check to see whether food is included or if you need to supply your own. If it is included then make sure they can cater to your cat’s dietary requirements if they have any.
Also, find out if the boarding facility will provide you with updates on your pet while they are in their care. Some will post pictures on their social media channels and some will even have webcams that you log into to see your pet.
Ask for Referrals and Check Reviews
Word of mouth is the best way to find a cat boarding facility with a good reputation. Facebook is a good place to start. Most Catteries will have a Facebook page. Check out the reviews on the page. You could post a question in your local neighbourhood Facebook group for recommendations. Reviews can also be found on Google.
Take a Tour of the Facility
Before booking your cat into a facility, go visit and get a feel for it in person. It is important not to neglect this step. Look around. Is the facility clean? Is there a foul odor in the air over and above the norm? Do the animals staying there appear to be happy and healthy? Are they kept in sanitary condos?
Do not leave your feline friend at any facility which does not mandate proof of current vaccinations, including a flea and worm treatment.
Before you leave your animal at any pet boarding facility, observe how the staff working there handle the pets. Do they seem to love the animals, and show compassion and patience? This isn’t the easiest job, and not everyone is suited for it. Take your gut feeling into account here – will they be good to your pet?
Take enough time to visit different places and evaluate your options. Pick the one you feel will best serve your pet’s needs while you are away.
What is the Cost of Cat Boarding?
Cat boarding pricing can vary depending on the facility, local and the type of care they offer. Generally, boarding rates range from $15 to $25 per day. Expect to pay more for more luxurious facilities such as larger suites that house multiple cats and access to outdoor runs.
You may also need or wish to pay for additional services such as grooming, transportation from your home to the boarding facility and early or late drop off/pick up.
Boarding at your Veterinary Clinic
Some people consider in-house pet boarding at their local veterinary hospitals to be the best option because it would be close to medical care if needed. However, there are other factors to consider before making this decision.
If you were to consider how your pet would feel in a hospital setting, it is likely that they are not going to enjoy being there. The major focus of a veterinary hospital is to look after sick and recovering animals, therefore it is likely that your pet won’t get the care and exercise they need. Another consideration is the cost. Veterinary hospitals generally charge more for in-house boarding than catteries and kennels.
By following these tips, you should be able to find the best cat boarding facility for your needs and you can be sure that your cat will be happy and safe while they are away from home.
If boarding is not an option for you why not take your cat on vacation with you? Check out our comprehensive list of cat friendly hotels