Do You Really Want to Board Your Cat?

Do You Really Want to Board Your Cat?

Being a cat owner, I know the question comes up for you when planning a vacation or a business trip: “Should I board my cat?”  As your Chandler pet sitter, I encourage you to think about this: Just how “easy” of a time DO you have getting your cat in a carrier to begin with? (They probably think they’re going to the vet!) And that is only the beginning of the hassle for your cute, yet overly independent furry friend if you choose cat boarding in Chandler!

Cat owners know cats love their space. And shame on any of us who would consider sitting in the cats spot on the couch, or floor, or bed! They love the homes we give them and really dislike change! So imagine that you do succeed in safely securing Fluffy in her carrier without a big hassle. You still have to listen to her guilt trip of meows on the way to the boarding facility. And then what happens when you leave? Surely Fluffy will get over it and adjust to her new surroundings once you leave, right…? Wrong. Having worked in cat boarding facilities before, this Pet sitter in Chandler has a view from the inside.

Cats usually do not adjust well at all when away from home. In fact it is very rare when they do. Most cats cut back on their eating/drinking (or do not eat at all). They don’t understand why they’ve been left there. It’s extremely rare for them to come out to cuddle or play, and I have seen cats that hide in the corners of their rooms scared;  they are confused and will hiss and claw at staff.  Even when it is time to go home, they hiss.

Relaxed and happy~

Relaxed and happy~

No stressed kitty here!

No stressed kitty here!

This could be your cat, too, if they stayed at home!

This could be your cat, too, if they stayed at home!

Remember how happy your cat was last time you moved around your living room furniture? I’m assuming it was a little bit of an adjustment for most cats out there, and now they’re being taken to an entirely strange place. When boarding your cat, not only are they in completely new surroundings, but they are hearing other cats, dogs, and people unfamiliar to them. They also now may have different litter and a different litter box. Even this seemingly minor change is stressful to your cat. And to top it off, there is nowhere near as much space to find a good comfy spot to cuddle in and nothing smells like you. 🙁

So while you may be considering cat boarding for your feline friends, I can honestly tell you, boarding your cat should be saved as an absolute last resort for your furry kids. Why not consider in home cat sitting? It’s is a great option for keeping them comfortable and happy in their own homes, and it’s really comparable in price to boarding your cat. This also means no need to gather belongings, no struggling to get in to the carrier, no driving to a facility, and no need to worry about how well your independent cat is adjusting to a brand new place. So if you’re considering cat boarding in Chandler, we encourage you to opt for cat sitting instead. What you’ll come home to is a very content and well adjusted kitty. Trust me, your cat will thank you – just like our client Merlin above!

Tony Bacon
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