Post # 1
I’m so stressed about the idea of having our board our cats when we leave for our wedding next year. We’ll be gone for about 10 days. None of our friends live near us (most live about an hour away) and the select few that we would be comfortable with, we’re inviting to the wedding! So I’ve been looking into pet-boarding facilities. They all look awful…
I’m going to visit them ahead of time and drill them with questions but I still feel sick about the idea of leaving my cats with a stranger, in some random kennel with a whole bunch of other cats.
What if they run away/get out, due to a lazy employees negligence?
What if one of my cats takes off his collar (like he normally does) and they give him to another family??
And for the absolutely ridiculous feelings: What if my cats think I’m giving them away and don’t love them anymore? I die a little everytime I think about that.
There are services in/around where I live, where people will come and feed your cats while you’re gone but.. I don’t want strangers walking through my apartment. No way.
Has anyone else boarded their pet before? Care to share your story? Or offer some advice or support? Or maybe give me a list of questions I should ask the kennels?
Post # 3
First of all, are your cats microchipped? If they are, they won’t be given away without your consent, regardless of whether they’re wearing a collar.
Is it absolutely, 100% necessary to board them? You could hire someone to come to your house every few days to look after them instead…and if you go that route, you could meet the person far in advance to ensure their reliability.
Post # 4
i would hire a pet sitter, definitely, or look into taking them with you.
Post # 5
I second the pet sitter. I have ten cats and there is no way I would board them. I have an excellent woman who comes over and takes care of the kitties whenever FH and I go on vacation. I would find a pet sitter – usually cheaper than boarding tand the cats will be far happier. Plus the pet sitter can pick up your mail, water plants, etc. Most are insured and bonded.
Post # 6
@LadyMoriarty: Do you have any pet sitting companies in your area? Last year before I moved I had a pet sitter that came twice a day for an hour each visit (yes, I am crazy about my cats) whenever I was gone. She had been exclusively a pet sitter for over 20 years and before the first time she watched my cats came over and we chatted and she played with the cats for almost 2 hours. I liked that they were in their own home, even some of the pet hotels that have larger kennels for cats it still doesn’t compare to their own home. They were on their own for 22 hours a day, but I trusted my sitter absolutely and she had their info for their veterinarian and does not hesitate to contact you or go straight to the vet if she was concerned.
As for leaving them, I’m not sure if they ever thought I would never come home, but boy were they happy when I did! They would not leave me alone for the first few days.
Post # 7
I agree with the others who suggest looking into a pet sitter. Do you work with someone who has teenage children who’d like to earn a little extra cash?
We adopted our fur baby from a shelter a few years ago, and he was living there for at least a year before we brought him home, so I couldn’t ever take mine to board because he would just be too distraught.
Post # 8
I take my cat to the boarding place down the road about twice a year. He still seems happy!
I don’t like the pet sitting idea because most pet sitters around here are even more expensive than boarding and they only get attention for 10 minutes a day… not to mention the idea of a stranger entering my house has me a little uneasy, and you can’t even PROVE they’ve been to your house every day.