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Best Practices for Boarding Your Cat

Traveling can be stressful for cats and their owners. Reduce some of that stress by finding a place well in advance for your cat to stay during your trip.

Look for a cat specific kennel, or a facility that has cat condos with hiding places. Often times, these condos are on the other side of the facility away from the dogs. Some facilities offer cat suites, furnished with cat trees, soft beds and window sills. Tour a few facilities before making a reservation to find the best fit for your cat.

When preparing to board your cat:

  • Make sure the cat condo is big enough. The water bowl, food bowl and litter box should not be right next to each other.
  • Ask about enrichment programs. Look at add on activities to engage your cat
  • Make sure your cat is up to date on any vaccines required by the facility.  You may also want to consider flea/tick control products before boarding.
  • Book early! Boarding facilities can book up quickly, especially around the holidays
  • Get your cat used to the cat carrier in the weeks leading up to boarding. If your cat views the carrier as a happy place, it’ll be easier for you to transport them.
  • Talk to other cat owners! You’ll find out what places your friends and family recommend

What to pack for your cat’s stay:

  • Food with detailed instructions: Do you free feed your cat? Or is your cat fed breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  • Any medications and supplements your cat takes with dosage instructions
  • Copies of vaccine records
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Other comforts from home, such as a favorite blanket or pillow