If you're like most human beings, you will never really understand your pet cat. Perhaps this is why people love them so much as domestic pets, because they are so unpredictable and difficult to read, but they will nevertheless tell you in no uncertain terms when they're not happy. More than anything else, your feline friend needs consistency, predictability and safety, and if you're planning to go away on a rare family holiday, you will need to make special preparations for this. What do you need to do to prepare for your cat boarding?
Signs of Brewing Trouble
While you may find it difficult to understand some of your pet's mood swings, they will soon tell you if they're stressed. Anything unusual can trigger this situation, and don't be surprised if they immediately go into hiding at the first signs of trouble.
If you can find them, you will notice that their pupils are excessively large as this is part of the fight-or-flight routine that they inherit from their ancestors. Alternatively, they may become really noisy as they attempt to vocalise their displeasure or may spend most of their time going through a compulsive grooming regimen. Perhaps worst of all, they may begin to eliminate outside the litter box, just to underline their message.
If you know how your cat is going to behave in a potentially stressful situation, then you should begin to prepare it for its upcoming trip to the cattery. Begin by paying more attention than usual to your little friend, with extended periods of playtime. Introduce some new toys and some soft bedding as a special treat or pick up some catnip to help them really relax.
If he or she tends to hide under the bed in stressful situations, don't try and pull them out forcibly so that you can pamper them, as this will inevitably be counterproductive. However, when they do venture out, then you can praise them for their bravery and give them some additional treats.
If your cat is gracing you with its presence, never ignore this, and use it as an opportunity to burn off some of their energy. Too much energy can fuel anxiety, stress or misbehaviour, so now is the time to break out that laser light or automatic cat toy.
Help from the Cattery
Remember, the cattery knows how to deal with feline foibles, and the staff will do everything in their power to make your little friend happy. Before you book your cat's stay, have a chat with the management to put your mind at ease.
When I first considered putting my cat into a pet day care centre, I was really unsure if it was the right thing to do. I wasn't really sure my cat would like the experience and I was worried that he would become really stressed. However, after I paid a visit to my local pet day care centre, I realised that I had nothing to worry about. The staff were all really professional and the place was clean and safe. My cat seemed to love his first stay at the pet day care centre so now I leave him there whenever I am not in town.