Due to their territorial nature, it is usually not recommended to take cats on vacations or weekend trips. But not to worry, there are many solutions available to cat owners who are absent for a few days. One of them are cat kennels, where cats can be left in the care of caretakers similar to a short hotel stay.
Cat kennels: what’s to know?
There are different kinds of kennels and before selecting one for your cat it is important to do research on the facilities. Some kennels offer cat boarding over several days, others over weeks or even months. Find out if the kennel follows the latest laws and regulations and what their security policy is. Before you book the stay, be sure to visit the premises and let the employees give you a tour of the buildings.
In general, it’s hard to say exactly how much a stay in a cat kennel will cost. Kennels just like their prices can differ drastically. Basic kennels, offering basic services and no extra luxuries can cost just about as much as any other pet sitting service. However, luxury cat kennels can charge prices of over £100 per day.
How to find the perfect kennel near you?
You can use the internet to find cat kennels near you which will allow you to reduce the stress your cat might feel while travelling.
It’s important that your cat will feel comfortable in the environment and will get along with the other pets present. As mentioned above, cats tend to have a great sense of territory and are closely attached to their homes. It is, therefore, cat kennel stays are not always recommended. An anxious or shy cat an have a hard time in a new place with unknown humans and animals.
If this is the case for your cat, there are other options for you to consider. For most cats, staying at home even when their owner is not there is preferable. But how do you find a cat sitter to sit your cat, whether in your home or in the pet sitter´s home.
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Alternative to cat kennels
While cat kennels are great for some cats, for those who do not fare well in a kennel-type establishment, a cat sitter might prove a great alternative. But how to find one?
Friends and family
There are several options available to cat owners who don’t want or can’t book a cat kennel stay. Before turning to pet sitting services, it is always a good idea to consider friends and family. This type of pet sitting offers the benefits of being cheaper and leaving your cat in the care of someone you fully trust. In most cases, your cat might even know the person who will keep it company. Unfortunately, this option might not always be available or possible. In this case, there are pet sitting services offering almost all of the same benefits.
Professional cat sitting services
Companies like Holidog offer professional cat sitting services all over the world. On our website, you will be sure to find someone that fits your needs. The advantage of booking a pet sitter instead of a cat kennel is that your cat doesn’t have to move and can stay in its familiar environment while being cared for by an experienced cat lover. Browse our database and easily find the cat sitter suitable to you and your cat’s needs.
On Holidog you can find cat sitter’s near you by entering your postcode. In the following step, you will see a list with all the registered sitters available to you in your area. We take pride in carefully selecting our cat sitters to offer the best quality of services and ensure your cat’s safety. It is recommended to chat with the cat sitter and find out as much as you can before finalising the booking. You can ask for regular photo and video updates to let you know how your cat is doing.
Prices for all budgets
With Holidog, nothing is simpler than finding a pet sitter that fits your budget. Many of our registered cat sitter’s will be more than happy to get to know your four-legged friend. After entering your postal code, you can select a cat sitter based on the prices displayed on their profile. Keep in mind that prices regress based on the number of days booked.