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How To Prepare Your Cat For Animal Boarding

by Calvin Newman

Are you going on a business trip or family vacation and need somewhere for your feline to go? An animal boarding facility that takes cats is a logical option. To ensure that your cat has a pleasant experience while you're gone, it is important that you plan for your cat's stay well in advance. Before you drop your feline off, here are a few things that you need to do.

Get Your Cat Vaccinated

Since your cat will be around other animals, it is important that your cat be up-to-date on all of its shots. As a general rule, cats need to be vaccinated for rabies, calicvirus, feline distemper, and feline rhinotracheitis. You will need proof of immunization, and this form will need to be signed by a veterinarian. Talk to the boarding facility and make sure that they don't require any other immunizations.

Socialize Your Cat

While it is not necessarily a requirement to board your cat, it is recommended that you socialize your cat beforehand. The process of socializing your cat involves getting your cat accustomed to other animals and people. Without this, your cat may become fearful and aggressive at the kennel, creating unnecessary problems in a strange environment with unfamiliar caretakers and felines.

Pack Your Cat's Favorite Toys and Foods

Since your cat is going to be without you for a period of time, you want to make sure that you leave your pet with some things that make them think of home and feel more at ease. Leave your cat with some comfort items like toys, blankets, t-shirts, etc. that smell like home and will help your cat feel comfortable in a new environment. If your cat is on a special diet or enjoys special treats, make sure to buy enough of this food and leave treats for them during the duration of its stay.

Discuss Your Cat's Needs

Prior to dropping your cat off, you will want to write down any relevant information regarding your cat for their new caretakers at the boarding facility. For instance, write down how frequently and how much your cat eats, how your cat prefers to sleep, how your cat interacts with other cats and people, what your cat likes and dislikes, if your cat takes medication, etc. If your feline does take medication, make sure to label it and take it with you to the animal boarding facility, along with written instructions on when and how to administer it.

For more information, contact an animal boarding facility like Marquette Animal Hospital.