CAT BOARDING TIPS
Cats react much differently in a strange environment than dogs do. Cats are instinctively solitary.
They don’t run in packs so when confronted with strange surroundings, their normal response is to withdraw physically and mentally into a protected, solitary state. For this reason cats enjoy the “protected” feeling they get from being caged while in the kennel. While it is true that most dogs want to run around and get acquainted your cat will likely want to sit in the corner of their cage and stare until they feel comfortable in the new environment. Human contact does not normally accelerate their acclimatization. It has to take place at the cat’s own speed. We also use phemorone diffusers to aid in the keeping the cats calm.
Many cat owners oppose caging because “kitty loves to run around.”
Perhaps they do at home, but while they are in unfamiliar surroundings their cage gives them a feeling of safety. “But what about exercise?” Here again, cats are different than dogs. Dogs need space to exercise, whereas cats exercise isometrically. This means that if a cat has enough room to stretch, they can exercise every muscle in his body. When your cat is in strange surroundings, around strange cats, they will undoubtedly prefer “safety” to “space.”
Stress is a Factor.
Any animal in strange surroundings suffers from stress. This means that their normal immune process is affected as well as eating and digestive habits. Rock Creek Kennels’ experienced, Certified personnel are trained in animal care and will do everything possible to minimize the effects of stress on your cat. You can minimize the effects of stress by trying to make the boarding as pleasant as possible for your cat. Remember that the more often your cat boards, the more adjusted they will be to the kennel environment, and the easier the boarding process becomes for them. Therefore, several short periods of boarding prior to a lengthy vacation will do more to help your cat adjust than will anything else.
Welcoming Kitty Home.
After you pick kitty up from the kennel, be sure to keep them locked in at home for a few days before allowing them to roam outside. Just as they had to adjust to the kennel, they will have to adjust to being home again. Allow them to find that “at home” feeling again before letting them out of the house.
Rock Creek Kennels is in the business because we love cats. We want boarding to be a pleasant experience for both you and your cat!