Cats are fairly independent creatures and don’t require as much attention as many other types of pet. Nevertheless, if you need to go away for a few days, or perhaps even longer, you will need to arrange for an alternative caregiver to feed, perhaps medicate, and watch out for your pet until you return. One of the best ways to ensure that your feline furbaby gets the best care possible is to book her into a boarding facility.
Cat boarding is a fantastic solution for loving and compassionate owners who need to separate from their feline temporarily, but who don’t want to entrust the responsibility to family, friends or neighbors. Most catteries are purpose-designed with caring for cats in mind and have all of the space and amenities your furry friend needs to remain safe, happy and healthy while you are away.
What care is included when you place your cat into boarding?
Every boarding facility is unique and so exactly what will care is included can vary. Many create different packages, enabling you to pick a combination of services to suit the needs of your individual pet. This is beneficial as it means that you will know what to expect for your feline when you are apart and can relax, knowing that she is in great hands.
Typical care components offered by catteries include:
Private accommodation with space to move around
Individual cat units are usually provided, and these should have been rigorously tested to ensure that there is no way for your feline to escape. Inside this space you can place your cat’s bed and toys to keep her entertained.
Cats don’t need exercise in the same way that dogs do, but your feline’s accommodation should have enough space for her to move around, ideally with shelves to sunbathe on and equipped with something like a tree post for her to sharpen her claws on.
Your cat will obviously need to be fed while you are away, and your cattery may give you a choice of different foods that they provide. However, since most owners prefer to keep their animals on the same brands to avoid giving them digestive problems, if your preferred brand isn’t available you should be able to supply your own food.
If your feline friend is on any regular medications, your chosen boarding facility should have staff trained to be able to administer this on your behalf. You will just need to provide the actual medication along with detailed instructions on dosage and frequency with which the drug should be given.
One on one playtime
Your cat should never come into contact with any felines from another household during their stay. Nevertheless, your cattery may offer playtime sessions with a human member of their team. These are a good opportunity to psychologically stimulate your cat so she doesn’t become bored, and give her a change of scene.
As well as the basic care elements described above, your boarding facility may also offer additional services before your return, for example kitty grooming which could include bathing her and trimming her claws and fur. Be sure to discuss what is available and at what cost with your chosen cattery before you book her in.
If you would like further advice on finding a suitable boarding facility for your cat, our experienced staff are on hand to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a recommendation at our office in Nashville, Tennessee.