So you have decided to go away for a few days or longer and this means that your cat might have to be put into boarding. Now, before you panic, the first thing you should realise is that the image of cat boarding you have in your head – one largely created by horror stories passed down by friends and media reports – is one that is largely unfounded. In fact, modern cat boarding facilities are so luxurious your cat might never want to leave.
If you’re still a bit concerned about whether or not your cat will cope in a boarding facility, there are a few things that you can do to prepare them.
Your first order of duty is to make sure that your cat is up to date on all its immunisations. This is probably the only time in your cat’s life where they’ll be around as many other animals as there are in one place and one time. And you don’t know where these cats have been or what their health status is (although a quality boarding facility will screen most applicants before they receive a place, it’s best not to take any risks).
The second thing you can do is to make sure you have all their paperwork and medication in order prior to arrival and to arrive well before you have arranged to drop off your cat. By being well prepared you can avoid having a flustered and rushed goodbye, which could result in your cat picking up on your tensions and reacting negatively.
If your cat has a favourite small blanket and toy, it’s worthwhile speaking to your chosen boarding facility whether or not you can include such items with your pet when you drop them off. This of course will depend on how they are being boarded and what the particular facilities setup is.
Of course, pairing with a quality organisation such as the one offered by the South Eastern Animal Hospital will ensure that your cat ends up in a quality facility with all the care, love and attention they need.