How to Prepare Your Cat for Boarding

Preparing your cat for boarding is a vital step in ensuring a pleasant experience for both you and your beloved pet. This blog will offer you practical advice and tips to make your cat’s stay at a boarding facility like Heart + Paw comfortable and less stressful. If you have questions or wish to book a stay, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Heart + Paw location.

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The Importance of Preparation

Preparing your cat for boarding can go a long way toward reducing stress and anxiety for you both. Familiarizing your cat with the concept of boarding, ensuring they are healthy, and packing familiar items can make the transition much smoother. A well-prepared cat is more likely to adjust quickly to the boarding environment, making the experience more enjoyable for your pet.

Preparing for Cat Boarding

See below for tips to help you get started on choosing a boarding facility and preparing your cat for the experience. 

Researching and Selecting a Facility

Begin by researching local boarding facilities. Look for clean, well-maintained spaces, a caring and knowledgeable staff, and positive reviews from other pet owners. Facilities like Heart + Paw not only provide a safe and nurturing environment but also ensure your cat receives individual attention.

Understanding Your Cat’s Needs

Consider your cat’s personality and needs. Are they sociable or do they prefer solitude? Do they have any special dietary or medical needs? Understanding these aspects will help you choose a facility that best suits your cat.

Staying Informed

Choose a facility that values communication. Regular updates on your cat’s well-being can provide reassurance and peace of mind while you are away. Heart + Paw prides itself on keeping pet owners informed and connected at all times. 

Acclimating Your Cat

Ahead of your cat’s boarding appointment, consider doing short practice runs, like leaving your cat with a friend for a day. This can help them get used to being away from home and adapt more easily to the boarding environment.

What to Do Before Your Cat’s Stay

Once you have chosen the best boarding facility for your cat, you need to take care of the following:

Health and Wellness Check

Schedule a visit to the vet to ensure your cat is healthy and up-to-date with their vaccinations. Discuss any concerns or special care instructions with the boarding staff. Heart + Paw understands the importance of your cat’s health and is equipped to follow any specific instructions.

Packing the Essentials

Start with your cat’s food and treats, and any medications they might be currently taking. We highly recommend packing your cat’s food into properly portioned containers for easier feeding by our staff, with a list of clear instructions to guide our team and ensure your cat stays on as normal a routine as possible during their stay. Medications should be kept in their original containers and also come with clear instructions.

You can also pack items that are familiar to your cat, such as their favorite toy, bed, or blanket (granted the boarding facility allows these items). Including a piece of clothing with your scent can also be comforting to your cat. 

Easing Your Cat Back Into Home Life 

Sometimes, cats need time to readjust to their environment when they return home from boarding. Give your pet space so they can reacquaint themselves with the scents, sounds, and textures of home. They might run away and hide for a bit, which is also normal. Observe your cat’s behaviors, especially their eating and bathroom habits. Keep things calm and quiet to minimize stress. Cats generally have no problem settling back into their home routine, but if you have any concerns about how your cat looks or acts after boarding, be sure to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible! 

At Heart + Paw, we’re committed to providing a safe and loving environment for your cat. Contact your nearest Heart + Paw hospital to learn more about boarding, or to schedule an appointment today!

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Heart + Paw was founded in 2018 by Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. George Melillo, who currently serves the Mid-Atlantic area. Heart + Paw offers a combination of veterinary care, pet grooming, and dog daycare to help be a resource in your pet parenthood journey.

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