Are you planning a getaway over the holiday season? Don’t forget to plan ahead for your feline friend as well. Here are some top tips to make sure your travel plans are stress-free for you and your cat.
From luxury boutique cat hotels to boarding facilities at your local vet, there are plenty of options to suit most budgets when it comes to accommodation for cats.
Confident cats might enjoy a short stay at a boarding facility but doing a bit of research before dropping your cat off for their stay is highly recommended. If possible, visit the cattery, clinic or hotel to meet the team and look at where your cat will be staying to make sure the facilities meet your standards, and your cat will be cared for and comfortable while away from home. Most boarding places require all feline guests to be vaccinated, so make sure your cat is up-to-date on their vaccinations and your vet paperwork is all in order. If your cat is on any regular medication or has a medical condition that needs to be managed, discuss this with the boarding facility before booking and ensure you provide enough doses and clear instructions for your cat’s treatment.
If your cat is on the shy side arranging a pet sitter can be best so your cat doesn’t go through the stress of leaving home and staying in strange surroundings. If you’ve arranged for a pet sitter, friend, or family member to look after your cat, don’t forget to make sure you’re stocked up on all the essentials – your cat’s favourite food, treats, litter plus any medication or supplements.
Remember to leave your pet sitter all the information they need to take care of your furry friend:
- Your contact details while away, don’t forget to include your travel plans plus contact details for a neighbour or friend in case you can’t be reached
- Name and contact information for your cat’s vet if there is an emergency
- Feeding guide with the frequency and amount of food and treats
- Location of the litter tray and cleaning schedule
- Instructions for any medication or supplements
- Information about your cat’s personality and their routine
- If your kitty is on the shy side any favourite hiding places to check
- Any preferred toys/play activities
Make sure your cat is registered and your contact details are up-to-date on the Pet Registry. Take the time to go through this list with your pet sitter so you can have peace of mind while you’re away and enjoy your holiday.
Whether you are looking at boarding your cat or arranging a pet-sitter it pays to get in early, good boarding facilities and pet sitters book out quickly, so don’t leave your cat’s holiday plans to the last minute!
For general advice on cat care and everything feline, call the Cat Protection Society of NSW on 02 9557 4818 or visit their website catprotection.org.au