When you are planning to go on a long trip, one of the things to figure out about the logistics of your travel is what to do with your cat. Cats are fairly self-sufficient, but without someone to feed them, give them water, and spend a little time with them, they will not do well alone at home for a long period of time. As such, you may be planning to look into pet boarding for your cat. Pet boarding can be a lifesaver in situations like these. However, if you have never had your cat boarded before, you will want to be sure you take certain steps to prepare for the boarding process. Get to know some of these steps, and you can be sure that you and your cat will be ready to go on the day you leave for your trip.
Update Their Vaccinations
If you are behind on any vaccines for your cat, you should definitely get those vaccines updated before boarding them. These vaccinations protect against highly contagious and problematic feline diseases like feline leukemia and feline panleukopenia.
Such diseases, and others that are vaccinated against, can wreak havoc on your cat's health. They can be easily spread in a boarding environment because cats are kept close together. The best way to ensure your cat is safe is to not assume the other cats will be vaccinated but to instead ensure that your cat is vaccinated.
Pack Their Food
Cats have finicky stomachs and are often just picky in general. As such, you do not want to send your cat to boarding without a supply of their own brand of food to eat. Be sure to pack a large enough supply of their food to last them the entire trip plus a couple of days (in case of delays on your return home).
That way, your cat will have a familiar food that you know they like. If they do not eat well while you're gone, you will know it is not because of the food they are being offered.
Send a Favorite Toy with Them
Cats love familiarity. To keep things as familiar as possible while they are boarded, you can send one of their favorite toys with them (as long as it is small enough to fit in the kennel they are boarding in). This will help them feel more at home because it will have familiar scents on it. It can also be a reminder to them that you will be coming back for them.
Now that you know a few steps to take when you are preparing your cat for boarding, you can be sure that you and your cat are ready to go the day you leave on your trip.
To learn more, contact a pet boarding facility.