Are you already starting to plan your Christmas vacation? Have you decided what you're going to do with your feline friend while you're away? Going on vacation can be fun and exciting for you, at least until it comes time to decide what to do with your cat while you're gone. Although your first instinct may be to hire a pet sitter to check in on your cat every so often, this may not be the right option. Instead, you may want to consider taking him or her to a boarding facility. There are many reasons for this, some of which include:
More playtime: Although cats are often considered to be solitary and aloof, there are many cats who want at least as much attention, if not more, as most dogs. A pet sitter may only visit your home for a brief period every day, making sure that your cat has food and water but not stopping to play with or spend much time petting him or her. Fortunately, you can look for a cat boarding facility that not only has enrichment activities for your cats but that also offers snuggle time. Although your cat may still miss you, this extra attention may help soothe any loneliness that he or she feels.
Faster emergency response: Cats can sometimes get sick or injured quite easily. For instance, bladder stones can develop relatively quickly. The longer treatment for this condition is delayed, the more likely it is that your cat could die from this condition. With a pet sitter, it could be almost a full day between your cat developing a urinary blockage and the sitter returning to check on your cat. Being unable to relieve him or herself for so long could prove fatal for your furry friend. With a cat boarding facility, the staff will be trained to look for signs of illness and may even have a vet on-staff or be part of a veterinary hospital so that your cat can get the proper treatment as soon as possible.
Specialized care: Perhaps your cat already has a chronic health condition such as diabetes. It may be difficult or impossible to find a pet sitter who is both willing and able to visit your home on the schedule necessary to give your cat his or her shots or pills. But many cat boarding facilities are accepting of cats who are in need of special treatment. With these facilities, you won't have to worry about your sitter forgetting or simply neglecting to give your cat his or her medicine at the correct time.
Contact a facility, like Cat Care Clinic, for more help.