Cats do not make good travel companions

December 22, 2016 at 5:27 PM by Nikki Wardle

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Are you making holiday travel plans? 'Tis the season to visit family and friends and make the long trek back home. But your cat wants to sing "I'll (stay) home for Christmas." There are reasons why you don't see many people traveling with cats; frankly, it's stressful and difficult for your feline friend to go on a trip with you, even if you'd love to bring her. That's why it's vital that you find a cat boarding lodge that can keep your pet safe and happy this holiday season.

Why You Should Consider Boarding Your Cat

In this blog, we'll go into the many reasons why you should choose a pet lodge for your cat this season instead of trying to bring him or her along. Then we'll dive into how you can get your pet ready for holiday boarding to keep him content and safe while you're away. Let's explore why putting your kitty in a carrier and hopping on a plane may not be the best idea first.

  1. Traveling is stressful for cats: An airplane or car ride will likely cause your cat undue stress, possibly resulting in health problems. Your cat may not eat well while on a trip, and could even hurt you because they're scared. Who hasn't been scratched by a terrified kitty before? It's not worth it.
  2. Traveling with a pet is stressful for you: You want to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, and bringing your cat along could make this difficult. Your cat won't be happy, so there's a good chance you won't be, either.
  3. Many accommodations won't be available with a cat: Hotels often don't allow pets, and you could run into issues with allergic friends or family members.

Leaving your cat may seem stressful, but when you choose the right pet lodge, you can be confident she's in good hands. It can be tempting to simply leave your cat home and ask a neighbor to drop by, but this could be even more dangerous and stressful than taking your cat along with you. Qualified staff members at a trusted cat boarding kennel can ensure that your feline companion receives all of the care, love, and attention he deserves.

Preparing Your Cat for Boarding

Consider doing a short trial run at your chosen pet lodge before leaving your cat for an extended period of time. This can help your cat get acclimated and work out any kinks in your plan. You should also:

  • Be sure your cat is fully updated on vaccinations, and be prepared to show documentation of current shots
  • Consider socializing your cat ahead of time if possible
  • Prepare any special medications or food ahead of time for your cat's stay
  • Give staff any special information about your cat's temperament or needs

Your cat will be happy, safe, and healthy this holiday season at a trusted pet lodge. Keep your cat's holidays bright by exploring pet lodging options.

Topics: Pet Boarding

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.

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