If you need to board your cat for the first time, there are a few things you need to think about. You need to find a cattery that your feline friend will find agreeable, which is harder than it sounds. So what are some of the things you need to consider when looking for the best possible place for your beloved cat?
If you're starting from scratch and don't know where to find an appropriate cattery, you should speak with your vet. The vet will provide you with a few likely candidates that meet his or her approval—meaning they're of a high standard. These facilities will also probably have some sort of existing relationship with your vet, meaning that the vet is known and easily reachable in case of emergency.
The Question of Food
Food can be a major issue when booking your feline friend into a cattery. Cats can be rather fussy when it comes to food. If your cats enjoy a special diet and you will not be away for too long, then you may wish to provide the cattery with a sufficient quantity of your cat's food to ensure a smooth transition. If you will be away for an extended period of time, then you might wish to find out the type of food the cattery provided to its residents and then slow transition your cats to this food before boarding them. This makes it far less likely that they will refuse to eat while at the cattery.
The Doggy Dilemma
Does your cat already live with or near dogs? This might be your own dogs or dogs that live next door. If this is the case, then your cat is unlikely to become stressed if you board him or her in a mixed-species facility (one that houses both cats and dogs). If your cat is not used to being around dogs, you should board him or her in a dedicated cattery, or at least a facility that keeps its cats far away from dogs and their noise. This greatly reduces the likelihood of any dog-related stress.
If your cat is an older animal that is more-or-less used to being alone, then it might not appreciated being housed with other cats. Cats are not as social as dogs and don't necessarily appreciate being placed in a pack. If you feel that your cat will not enjoy the company of its fellow felines, then opt for solitary confinement. Just so long as someone plays with your cat or at least keeps it company, the cat will most likely prefer this to being with other cats.
By thinking about these few key aspects of boarding a cat you can ensure that your feline friend has a little holiday of their own. This makes it more likely that you will enjoy your own time away even more.