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Cat Boarding Prep

Cats, especially indoor ones, can find the transition to different environments stressful during their initial boarding experiences. However, cat boarding doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety for your feline friend. That’s why we’ve crafted this comprehensive cat boarding preparation guide.

Adjusting your cat to a new environment can be a gradual process. While we understand that sometimes immediate boarding is necessary, planning ahead can significantly enhance your cat’s boarding experience.

Begin by visiting the boarding space your cat will inhabit. Ensure the facility has a dedicated cat boarding area—clean, separate from other boarding animals, and equipped with cat-friendly amenities like scratch posts, towers, and toys.

Prior to an extended boarding stay, introduce your cat to the environment with a short visit. This allows them to familiarize themselves with both the surroundings and the caretakers. Opt for visits of varying durations—some shorter, some longer—to convey to your cat that you will always return for them.

Pack their preferred food for the boarding stay, considering cats’ discerning tastes. Include not only dry kibble but also wet food they love, along with treats like chicken or sardines. Familiar scents can provide comfort, so pack their bed or blanket that carries the aroma of home.

Include favorite toys in their overnight bag, as well as treats, allowing the cat boarding staff to indulge and pamper your cherished pet. Having familiar items, such as their own bed or blanket, infused with the scents of home, helps establish a sense of ownership and comfort in the new space.

Ease your cat’s anxiety about car trips by acclimating them to their carrier and taking short drives. Ensure these outings aren’t exclusively linked to unpleasant experiences, such as vet visits. By combining short drives with love and treats, you create positive associations with car trips.

Provide the cat boarding staff with detailed information about your cat’s personality, preferences, and dislikes. The more we know, the better equipped we are to tailor the experience to your cat’s unique needs, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

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