Boarding Your Cat – Things To Consider
There will be times when you might need to consider putting your cat in a cattery. If you are going on an overseas holiday or even a local holiday for a period of time and you are unable to find somebody to care for your cat at your own home, then the safest solution would be to take your cat to a cat boarding home. If you know that this is something that will be required in the future then you should take the time to do some research and find out how well these cat boarding homes are run.
You should talk to people who you know and trust who have already put their cat in a boarding home, and ask them how they felt their cat handled the stay and how it behaved when they brought it back home. Also, you should ask them if they saw any change in the condition of their cat after coming home from the cattery.
Once you have done a bit of research and found recommendations from other people it is worthwhile taking the time to visit these boarding homes to see how they are run, and to look at the conditions that your cat will be living in for the period that it will be staying there.
Try to get a boarding home that is close to your house so there is less travel to and from the boarding home for your cat, which will relieve some of its stress. Also, make sure that your cat will not come into contact with other animals that could result in health problems. If your cat is on any special diet or medication, talk to the staff at the boarding home to make sure that they are happy to give your cat the specific diet that it requires, or the medication that it needs to remain healthy. If you do your research well, your cat will enjoy its holiday as much as you enjoy yours.
Cat Communication..what are they saying?
Cats are particularly good at communicating with one another and humans. They have a considerably larger vocabulary than dogs, with most cats being able to make over 100 different sounds. These sounds can range from purring, to hissing and growling, spitting, wailing and howling, and many different combinations in between. They certainly do have the ability to get most of what they want from their owners, and that is why it is often said that the cat rules the house and the humans are the servants. Yes we certainly do seem to do all the running about, yet when we call the cat it is just as likely to turn around with its tail in the air and wander off. It is this independent nature that appeals so much to so many people and that’s why cats are one of the most loved pets in the world.
Cats are also extremely good at communicating with one another and once again with humans, by their body language. Cat owners who are tuned in to their cat’s behavior can communicate extremely well, and this also makes it a lot easier for the owner to train a cat to do particular things or to behave better. It also allows the opportunity to become a lot more aware of when the cat is not feeling well and when a trip to the vet might be necessary. Fortunately that is not too often if the cat has been well cared for and given good nutrition because they are extremely resilient and even the process of purring can help to stimulate healing properties within the cat. If your cat is making a sound and it is directed towards you then you know it is trying to communicate with you and usually it is not too hard to work out what it wants.
Cat Communities.. where is your cat in the local pecking order?
In cat communities there is always a pecking order and at the top of the pecking order there is the breeding female. The breeding female is the most dominant figure in the cat community and provided the other cats know their place in that community it can be quite harmonious. It is only when a cat tries to move up in the order of dominance that a fight ensues and this generally happens when toms are trying to win the favor of the female. Cats are often more vocal when greeting one another than dogs and even when you hear cat fights in the night, they are never quite as violent as they sound. Most of the interaction in these ‘cat fights’ involves who can make the most noise, and often no contact is made at all. In circumstances where a fight does eventuate, a cat can sustain injuries that might result in a visit to the vet as these injuries can cause abscesses, cuts and tears to the ears and face, and scratches to the eyes. The risk of infection increases if your cat has been fighting with stray cats. Cats that are brought up in the same household together will generally get along well without any trouble and will greet one another by rubbing themselves against each other, and sometimes they will lie down and let the other cat groom them.
Occasionally they might take a swipe at each other, but this will generally not cause any harm as they aren’t attacking one another. They can use the same behavior with their owners, and this is particularly more common with the long-haired varieties as they can get a little overexcited when playing and end up scratching and biting. This is not actually a cat behavioral problem as such, as it is just like children getting a little overexcited and can easily be stopped by not playing with them when they appear to be getting agitated.