Will My Cat Be Lonely in Boarding?
If you have an affectionate cat who likes to spend a lot of time around you and other people, you may worry about putting it in cat boarding. Unlike dogs, cats don't mingle with other cats when they board, unless they go in as a family group, and staff attention has to be shared out to all of the residents of the cattery.
Although your cat may not get the same levels of one-to-one attention it gets at home, good catteries make sure that staff spend time with their animals to stop them from feeling lonely. You can get a feel for how much love your cat will get by visiting a few catteries before you book a visit.
Assess the Cattery's Services
Catteries typically have to meet minimum state standards in cat care. Although these standards keep your cat safe and well during its boarding stay, they may not include extra TLC. Good catteries go the extra mile, giving their guests a bit of love and attention during the working day.
For example, some catteries make sure that their staff give regular cuddles or strokes to willing cats; others may allow you to schedule formal play sessions and grooming services to give cats some individual attention.
Warning: Some services, such as grooming or one-on-one play, may cost extra on top of your boarding fees. Check with the cattery to see if it charges extra for any services.
Even if cattery staff pay extra attention to their cats, this won't occupy your cat all the time. Your cat may feel better if it's in a facility that plays a radio or TV during the day, giving it some distracting background noise. It may also feel more comfortable if it can see staff going about their work from its enclosure.
Tip: Some cats like certain kinds of attention but not others. For example, some cats like being stroked but not picked up; others don't like being stroked on certain areas of their bodies. Make sure to inform the cattery of any quirks before you board your cat, especially if it might lash out.
Look at How Staff Interact With Cats
When you visit a cattery, keep an eye out for staff who are working in the cat area while you're there. You can tell if people like cats by the way they act around them. For example, look out for people who talk to the cats as they pass by. You know you're on a winner, if staff stop to stroke friendly cats or pick them up for a cuddle just because the cat wanted some attention.
Tip: No matter how loving your cat may be, it may be a bit diffident with you when you take it home. This doesn't mean that the cattery didn't look after it well; some cats just give their owners the cold shoulder for a while after boarding.