It’s not uncommon for cat owners to need to find somebody to care for their cat. Whether you have a vacation, business trip, or family emergency finding a safe, comfortable place for your cat to stay isn’t always as easy as leaving your cat with a friend or family member. There are various kinds of boarding facilities for cats including veterinary clinics, pet sitters, and boarding kennels.
Choosing the right place for your cat is paramount. Always visit boarding facilities before you leave your cat to ensure that your cat will be well cared for in your absence. Some veterinary clinics offer boarding facilities, which is often a great option for your cat. First of all, especially if it’s your cat’s vet, your cat will know the staff and will already have a level of comfort when interacting with them. Also, for cats with ongoing medical conditions, boarding at a vet’s office is perfect because you know their health will be closely monitored.
In addition to veterinary offices, there are many individuals who offer pet sitting services. A reputable cat sitter will have experience caring for all kinds of cats and they’ll actually work out of your home so your cat doesn’t have to readjust to a new environment. Still, be sure to carefully review references of pet sitters and always try to get a sense of how your pet sitter relates to your cat, how often they can come to your house or if they can stay at your house, and if they’re willing to provide special care (such as administering medications).
Finally, boarding kennels are designed specifically to care for your pets while you’re out of town. Check the yellow pages or talk to friends with pets to get a list of boarding kennels in your area then make an appointment to visit. Wherever you leave your cat, be sure it’s a safe, stimulating, and comfortable environment.