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Archive for June 3rd, 2012

Boarding your cat

Sunday, June 3, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Vacation time is here and we’re now faced with whether or not to board our cats while we’re gone. If you are going away for more than two days and don’t have a neighbor or friend to take care of them, I would then recommend that you board them. Here are some tips. It’s very important that you do your research.

Price –¬† Make sure that you find a place that you can afford. Call or visit the facility. Check prices online. Make sure that there are no hidden fees and see if you can get a discount for boarding more than one cat.

Security¬† – It’s important that you cat is comfortable, safe and secure while you’re gone. Make sure that the facility is safe. I would rather board by cats in a busy, well lit area.

Staff –¬† Visit the staff before you take your pet. Make sure that the staff is professional, friendly and willing to answer all of your questions. Check to see if the facility is staffed 24 hours a day. This is the type of place that I would choose. See if it’s also open to the public during this time.

Ventilation – check to see if the facility also boards dogs. If so, ask if there is a separate ventilation system for cats. Your cat will be nervous as it is and smelling a bunch of strange dogs will really agitate her.

Food – I would bring the food to the facility. Make sure that the staff is willing to feed your cat the food that you bring, this way your cat don’t have to get used to different food. You can feel more secure that your cat is eating the food that she is used to everyday.

Veterinarian – Bring your cats medical records and make sure that there is a veterinarian on duty or the facility is located close to a clinic.

Now you can feel better about leaving your cat and can enjoy your vacation!

Remember, your pets count!