The most stressful part of travel for me is pulling out of the kennel parking lot after dropping off Lexie Lee. But I have boarded my cats over a thirty-year period at the same place; therefore, I am confident that my personal objectives of safety of the cat and of a professional, caring staff are met. Here are my recommendations if you have decided to board your cat.

Just as you would interview a pet sitter before hiring, you should visit prospective kennels.  You will want to meet the staff, see where your cat will be boarded, and notice the condition of the other animals. You will want to take note of the cage sizes and their proximity to dogs as well as the air quality, lighting, noise level, and cleanliness. All of your observations on these factors will help you determine if you have found the right kennel to trust with the safety and care of your cat.

Although some cats are stressed in kennels, you can take the following steps to help minimize the change in environment. If you do all you can to recreate the cat’s familiar setting, the cat will be less prone to stress.

1.  Take your cat’s favorite bed or blanket or even a piece of your clothing for the animal to sleep on—Lexie Lee likes to sleep in her kennel carrier on a soft towel. We remove the door, but put the whole case in the cage. She feels safe in the smaller area, but is free to move into the cage whenever she wants.

2.  Toss a favorite toy in the carrying case—I opt for a supply of Lexie Lee’s catnip.

2.  Take your cat’s regular food to minimize risk of tummy upsets from different food. For example, I measure out a sufficient quantity of food in zipped bags for the duration of Lexie Lee’s stay.

4.  Take your cat’s brand of litter so the cat does not refuse to use the litter box because it smells different

When interviewing the kennel, you should ask about the policy on bringing bedding, food, and litter before you show up with it.

What does your boarding kennel do for your cat that minimizes stress?

Bountiful Blessings!

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