Animal hotels and long-term boarding facilities are a convenient solution for cat owners who are heading out of town and in need of reliable care and accommodations for their pets. While a stay away from home might not be preferable for kitty, it may be their best option for receiving quality care while you are away.
A reputable cat kennel or boarding facility will be equipped to handle the needs of any cat without much need for preparation on your part. There are, however, a few things you can do to ensure you cat’s kennel stay is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Pack essential supplies and comfort items.
As mentioned, a good cat boarding facility will already have the supplies necessary to provide quality cat care. Packing your own care items to bring in with your cat, however, can help them maintain a sense of routine and familiarity during their stay, making the experience easier on them. A few things to help keep them comfortable might be:
- Preferred food & treats
- Any medications
- Favorite toys
- Bed or favorite blanket
- Something with your scent on it (such as a t-shirt or pillowcase)
Write out important information for kennel staff.
Sharing any pertinent care and contact information with the staff at your boarding facility will help them make your cat’s stay as enjoyable as possible. Be sure to include essential information, such as your contact information, your vet’s contact information, medication dosages and instructions, dietary information, and health concerns or necessary accommodations.
It would also be helpful to list a few things your cat likes (ear scratches, feather toys), anything they dislike, and how they get along with other animals.
Make sure your cat is up to date on their vaccinations.
You never know what your cat may be exposed to at a kennel, considering they’ll be around other animals and in a new environment. Ensure they’re protected before you leave for your trip by getting them up to date on vaccinations.
Call or schedule an appointment with your vet to make sure your cat has had their rabies vaccine, any other vaccinations required by the kennel, and their most recent flea treatment. You should get documentation of their updated health records as well, since this is something most kennels require for your cat’s stay.
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