The best 3 alternatives to cat boarding!

25 Nov 2019.


Going away on holiday? And dreading the guilt of sending your cat to a cattery? Don’t worry, you are not on your own. Thousands of cat owners face the same dilemma every year. To help, we’ve prepared pros and cons to 3 great alternatives to cat boarding. Choose which solution suits you and Mr Whiskers best.

What is cat boarding?

Cat Boarding facilities or catteries are locations where your cat is temporarily housed until your return. Cats are usually given a small enclosure of their own, where they will be fed and receive the care they need. But as cats are very territorial and most will find the cat boarding environment very stressful. So please do consider this option carefully.

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If you don’t like the idea of your kitty being stuck in a small unfamiliar enclosure fulled with strange smells and other cats. We’d suggest looking into these 3 great alternatives to alleviate the stress and possibly returning to find an angry kitty. 

  1. Asking Friends or Neighbours
  2. Employ a Cat Sitter
  3. Employ a House Sitter

1. Asking Friends, Family or Neighbours

Asking a friend, family member or neighbour to pop-in and feed your cat is the most common alternative to cat boarding. Your cat gets to stay in the comforts of his or her own home. And the cat care duties such as feeding, fresh water and litter box clearing will be done.

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2. Employing a Cat Sitter for short daily visits

Paying a reliable cat sitter to visit your home once or twice a day is a great way to ensure your fur baby is well cared for. Not only will they mind, feed, cuddle and play with your cat. They will also change the cat litter and send daily photos as part of the service. In general, each visit is at least 30 – 40 minutes. And extra services such as collecting the post and watering the plants can be asked for on request.

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3. Employing a House Sitter for over night stays

An over-night-stay cat sitting service is where cat sitters stay at your home. As a result, your kitty gets even more attention than just a daily visit. This is ideal for kittens, old cats or cats that need medication. It’s also a safe way for your home to look ‘lived-in’ while you’re away.

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NOTE: You can easily find professional pet minding services online these days. However, they may not always be as passionate, local or bespoke as the cat sitting services offered through Cat in a Flat’s trusted cat sitting community.

Whichever solution you choose, we hope you have a lovely, relaxing time away.

You deserve it!

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