Let's Talk About Boarding Your Cat
Stop by and visit with the us. Get acquainted with the people who will be caring for your cat. Ask questions; take nothing for
granted. Find out if toys or bedding are welcome. Find out about the diet which the kennel provides. If there is a special diet
which you would like your cat to adhere to, you may provide such food and will see to it that your cat is fed only what you request.
Discuss safety features. Boarding cats requires good security to prevent escapes. Discuss frankly any qualms you may have about
boarding your cat. We will appreciate your frankness and your interest.
Our experienced personnel are trained to recognize the warning signs of potential health problems, and will contact a
veterinarian if they feel it is called for. Many times it is easier for kennel personnel to detect problems than it is for the
owner of the cat. For example, urinary problems (a warning sign that deserves attention) can more easily be detected in the kennel
then at home, because the cat is closely supervised.
Yet, it is not part of the kennel's job to diagnose or to prescribe. If kitty requires veterinary aid while he is in the kennel,
you should be aware that you are financially responsible for such aid. Discuss, before boarding, any medication or any special care
that kitty might need. Most kennels offer a certain amount of individual care (playing with, talking to, petting) but you must be
reasonable. Asking the kennel owner to allow kitty privileges which might result in an escape is not fair to either the kennel or
Make certain that you understand the rate structure for all services and hours of operation. The fee for boarding includes not
only the care of your cat but also peace of mind that comes from knowing kitty is safe and with someone you can trust.
Facts to Consider
Keep in mind that cats react much differently in a strange environment than dogs do. Cats are instinctively solitary animals.
They do not run in packs as dogs do. Therefore, when confronted with strange surroundings, a cat's normal response is to withdraw
physically and mentally into a protected, solitary state. For this reason, cats enjoy the "protected" feeling they get from being
caged while in a kennel.
"But what about exercise?" Here again, the difference between a cat and a dog must be understood. Dogs need space in which to
get their necessary exercise, whereas cats exercise isometrically. This means that if a cat has enough room to stretch, he can
exercise every muscle in his body. When your cat is in strange surroundings, around strange cats, he will undoubtedly much prefer
"safety" to "space."
Fortunately, within the last several years, there have been significant advances in immunization programs for cats. In past years,
there were a number of contagious airborne viruses which caused serious respiratory problems in cats. These viruses could not be
controlled by any means except complete isolation of all cats from each other. However, thanks to recent advances made by the
veterinary pharmaceutical companies, there are now effective vaccines available to prevent such diseases.
Stress is a Factor
Any animal in strange surroundings suffers from stress. This means that his normal immune process is affected, as well as his
eating and digestive habits. We will do everything possible to minimize the effects of stress on your cat. For this reason, it is a
good procedure for them to allow your cat to adjust to the kennel environment at his own rate. However, you can help to minimize
the effects of stress by trying to make the boarding experience as pleasant as possible for your cat. Remember that the more often
your cat boards, the more adjusted he will be to the kennel environment, and the easier the boarding process becomes for him.
Therefore, several short periods of boarding prior to a lengthy vacation will probably do more to help your cat adjust to boarding
than will anything else.
For a variety of reasons, more people are discovering the delight of living with cats. In urban areas, apartment dwellers find
that cats offer companionship, without the need for frequent exercise periods outdoors. In rural areas, cats still fulfill their
function as rodent catchers for many households. If you are a cat owner, you are undoubtedly very attached to your furry roommate.
However, there will be times when you will have to make arrangements for his care when you are traveling on business, vacations,
or when out-of-town guests (who are allergic to cats) stay with you. Therefore, it would be good to examine some of the facts about
cat care which will help you to understand the advantages of boarding your cat with us.
What Options are Available?
It is important to remember that cats do not usually travel well. They do not usually enjoy it, nor do they adapt well to travel.
Many people who try to take kitty along with them on their vacation end up spending most of their vacation time searching for their
Leaving your cat with friends is just as unsatisfactory. Cats must go through an adjustment period in a new environment and this
means that they will not look upon your friend's house as "home" for quite awhile. Therefore, your cat may try to escape from the
strange house at every opportunity or hide as a fear reaction. Most cat owners recognize that it is not fair to impose this kind of
responsibility on their friends, nor is it a safe arrangement for their pets.
Having a kennel care for your pets in your absence is, therefore, the best alternative. Obviously, the most satisfactory way of
arranging for such care is to entrust your cat to a qualifed kennel, where the security arrangements are adequate to insure that
your cat will not escape, and where the personnel are trained in observing and handling the problems which might arise in your
Welcoming Kitty Home
After you pick kitty up from the kennel, be sure to keep him locked in at home for a few days before allowing him to roam.
Just as he had to adjust to the kennel, he will also have to adjust to being home again. Allow him to find that "at home" feeling
again before letting him out of the house.