The Do's And Don'ts Of Leaving Your Cat At A Pet Boarding Facility

Posted on: 7 January 2016

Leaving your kitty behind is never an easy thing, but no matter how much Ms. or Mr. Whiskers wants to be in control of every situation, there will be times when your pet just cannot stay at home alone. Thankfully, there are many cat boarding facilities that offer kitty daycare for owners who need help, but before you drop off your feline for extended stay, there are a few do's and don'ts to make the experience as stress-free as possible for your cat. 

Do check out the cat boarding facility before you take your kitty in. 

Not all cat boarding facilities are the same and you will want to make sure the place you are leaving your kitty is up to your standards. Stop in at the facilities you are considering and ask to take a look around. While you are there, you should be looking at:

  • the cleanliness of the facility overall
  • the size and condition of the housing units
  • the proximity if the cat boarding area to other boarding areas that house dogs or other animals
  • the availability of staff

Don't forget to ask about regulations in every facility. 

The best cat boarding facilities will require that all incoming animals be vaccinated and healthy. This is done as a precautionary measure to make sure that no animals in the facility are exposed to illness, parasites, or disease. When a facility has strict regulations, you will know that it is a place where your kitty will be safe. 

Do invest in a good pet carrier.

It is always a good idea to have a pet carrier or pet taxi on hand when you travel with your kitty, but especially so when you are taking her to a kitty daycare.  Your cat could get quite excited in a building where there are other cats within earshot or even roaming around and having a carrier will just make the drop off easier on everyone involved. 

Don't forget to label your kitty's things. 

When you drop off your kitty at a daycare facility, you should treat every personal object that you send along just the same as you would for your child if they were staying at daycare. Personal objects tend to get mixed up between cats at the facility, especially carriers and food bowls. So take a moment to label everything you plan to leave with your cat with a permanent marker. Add your name and your cat's name so mix-ups with personal objects won't be an issue.  

For more information, call local boarding centers {like Animal Care Center of Forest Park} to see what they recommend.