DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re headed off on vacation, and I would like my cat to be cared for during the two weeks we’re gone. I don’t know a reliable pet sitter whom I can trust to come into my house. Is there such a thing as kennels for cats? – June in New Orleans
DEAR JUNE: There are boarding facilities that will take cats as well as other pets. I prefer to use facilities that are exclusively for cats, but not everyone has that option available in their area.
Still, call around to several facilities. Even if none cater just to cats, look for one that has a living and play area completely segregated from other types of pets.
One of my favorite places offered each cat a private “cubby” with scratching post and shelf. There were no bars or fence grates. Instead, each cubby had a clear plastic door so caretakers could see each cat, and a one-way-glass wall with a view of a park. During the day, they were taken to a common area to socialize with other cats, and the facility was attached to a veterinarian’s office.
Contrast that with a boarding facility I found in another region when trying to board my cat. It was mainly for dogs, with a small room full of metal cages for “other” pets, including cats, rabbits and so on. The pets all looked stressed out, especially as the constant barking from the dogs’ play area reverberated into their living area.
That’s why it’s important to personally visit each facility you’re considering, so you get a feel of the place. It’ll help make the experience better for your cat. If you can’t find one that works, please reconsider the pet sitter.
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