Boarding Your Feline Friend
Making arrangements for boarding your cats while you are away from home can be unpleasant and time-consuming at best, and panic attack-inducing at worst, with a dash of guilt tossed in for good measure for many cat lovers. The anguish of writing down exactly how kitty should be cared for (“Be careful to feed Snowball from the kitchen dish and Rocket Raccoon – as the kids dubbed him – from the hallway bowl, but feed Snowball first or she will become upset.”) And don’t forget to sprinkle some tuna flakes on both bowls, but only at dinner, unless they look a little sad, in which case the morning is fine, too.”), the fear of kitty fleeing the house as your sitter opens the door, the sickening feeling that your hard-won, tenuous truce between your cats will be in shambles by the time you return from your vacation.
Fortunately, Charlotte Kennels award-winning boarding facility provides a solution to these dreadful scenarios. All felines receive particular attention from a trained crew of cat enthusiasts while boarding with us: meals are served on a regular schedule; medications are given on time; litter boxes are cleaned hourly, and cats spend quality time in our catified playroom. We treat your cats as if they were our own, and we attempt to make your time away as stress-free as possible for you and your feline companion.
However, before your cat comes to stay at Charlotte Kennels, we ask that all pet parents consider the following suggestions to make your kitty’s stay as pleasant as possible.
Bring enough of your cat’s favorite food for the duration of their stay and avoid making any diet adjustments ahead of time. It’s best to keep your cat’s diet consistent with what they get at home to help them adjust to boarding. Sudden dietary changes cause a cat’s digestion to get upset, resulting in an unpleasant experience with potentially serious health effects. Please provide extra food for your kitty’s whole stay, especially if the brand of food isn’t one that we carry.
To accompany your cat in her condo, bring a favorite, clean blanket, article of clothing, or toy. Anything that smells like home (and you!) will make your cat feel more at ease as he or she adjusts to boarding.
Preparing to board your cats
Bring all medications, instructions, and your cat’s veterinarian’s contact information. Be open and honest about your cat’s health issues. Most medications can be administered to your cats by Charlotte Kennels, however, all prescriptions must be appropriately labeled with instructions to ensure that your kitty is properly cared for. If you have any questions or if there is an emergency, please supply us with your veterinarian’s contact information. Similarly, if your cat is suffering from a serious health problem, please let us know when booking your boarding. In rare cases, we will not be able to board your cat because of health concerns, but in most cases, knowing about your cat’s medical issues will merely offer our caregivers more information to better assess how your cat is doing while boarding with us. Cats with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) can board with us, but they won’t be able to use the community playroom. Please note that cats with Feline Upper Respiratory Infections are not permitted to board at our facility since they are very contagious to other cats.
Please include copies of your cat’s immunization records as well as documentation of neutering or spaying. All cats must be up-to-date on their vaccines, and if they are more than 6 months old, they must be spayed or neutered for the sake of the other cats in our boarding facility. Make sure your cat’s flea medications are up to date.
Estimate how long your feline will need to stay with us and make reservations accordingly. Our boarding facility can get busy, especially during the holidays. While we are sometimes able to accommodate unexpectedly long stays, there are occasions when we simply do not have the space. If you think kitty will need to be with us longer than you expected, make sure you schedule time with us accordingly. It will give you peace of mind that kitty will be looked after for as long as you require it, as well as allowing us to accommodate other customers.
Contact Charlotte Kennels for feline boarding today!
Please call contact us for more information on boarding your cats to plan your kitty’s vacation.
Enjoy your vacation knowing that your kitties are being looked after by people who understand how difficult it is to leave them behind. We treat your cats as if they were our own, so you can rest assured that they will be well-cared for.