Questions People Ask About Cat Boarding

Whether it's due to illness, travelling or an injury, there may come a time when you can't take care of your cat and have to consider a cat boarding service. These pet hotels have become increasingly popular for people who need a safe and secure place to place their cats.

As you are cat boarding for the first time, here are the answers to some of the most common questions people ask about this service:

Does a Cat Need To Be Immunised? -- Nearly every cat boarding facility requires that your cat has the minimum number of immunisations for its age. Most immunisations begin at six weeks of age, so unless your cat is a newborn, chances are that it has had some of the required immunisations also known as core immunisations because they protect against common diseases and illnesses such as leukemia, rabies, distemper and calicivirus. Cat boarding facilities may require you to provide an immunisation record document to confirm that your cat has had its shots.

What About Bringing Food? -- Although cat boarding facilities have their own supply of cat food, you are permitted to bring your cat's favourite food if you prefer. Cat boarding facilities want to ensure that your cat's stay is a pleasant one, and if your cat is finicky and only eats food from home, then you are allowed to bring that food for the duration of your pet's stay.

Can One Bring More Than One Cat? -- Not only do cat boarding facilities welcome more than one cat, but they will keep your cats together in order to keep things as normal as possible for your pets' stay. Cat boarding facilities differ from dog boarding facilities in that they typically have separate miniature cat homes where cats can relax in their own enclosure without being bothered by other cats.

What Will You Do To Keep The Cat Occupied? -- Cat boarding facilities usually offer leisure activities such as play sessions in which cats are allowed to play with feathers or teased with moving light to motivate them to play and chase after the light.

In addition, cat boarding workers will often engage in toy chase games and even read stories to relaxing cats to soothe them and make them comfortable. Unlike dogs, cats often prefer their play time to be solitary, so the focus is on keeping your cat stimulated with a variety of games and special toys. Contact a cattery near you if you have other questions or concerns.