Even with all the means by which you can travel with your cat, in the end you may just decide it’s better not to. However, now you might feel stuck with wondering how your cat is going to be cared for while you’re away. If you have a reliable pet-sitter already, this isn’t a problem. A good friend or neighbor you trust can be very valuable in not just watching over your cats, but also in keeping an eye on your house.
Not everybody has someone they trust enough to allow them into their homes while they’re away though. If you’re one of these people, you might consider finding a boarding facility for your cat to stay at while you’re traveling.
According to an article posted on PetMD, more than 30 million owners each year use boarding kennels to look after their pets while they’re away. Advantages of boarding your cat vs. leaving them at home are professional attention, medical care, proper diet and exercise and finally, safety. A reputable kennel will have staff that is easily able to care for any pet, and who are qualified to handle any special needs your pet may have (such as medicine or special diet). They will also be able to handle any emergencies that arise with your pet and keep your pet safe from harm, including being able to mitigate the risk of escape.
Evaluating boarding kennels to find the right one for your cat doesn’t have to be difficult. The first, and probably easiest, thing to do is ask people you know and trust, who’ve boarded their own pets. Find out who they recommend and why.
You can also ask your vet. Vets will generally know of safe and reputable kennels and will be able to make some solid recommendations. They will also be able to make their recommendations based on any special needs your pet has. For instance, if your pet is on an injectable medication such as insulin, your vet is already aware of this and can recommend a place that has a good reputation when it comes to administering regular injections.
You can also read reviews on the Internet, but in the end, after talking to your vet and people you know, it’s best to make a short list of your top choices and call each of them to find out more about them. Arrange a visit to your top one or two to see for yourself what their facility is like. That will help you make the right choice for your precious cat.
Ultimately, you will need to choose a boarding kennel that will suit your needs, and one that suits the needs of one person’s cats may not be best for yours. But if you’d prefer not to leave your cats at home while you’re away, a good boarding kennel can be an excellent option.
Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, or feel free to subscribe!