HIDEOUT CATTERY


In-Our-Home Cat Boarding

(307) 296-7833

10 TIPS FOR BOARDING YOUR CAT


1.  Tour the facility before boarding. Is each cage large with multiple levels, and is bedding provided? Is the setting calm, clean,

           bright and airy? Is it safe & secure with double door exits? Can your cat be allowed out of its cage for extended times to

           explore and exercise? Are there cat-accessible windows for bird watching?

           NOTE: Beware of any facility that won’t allow you to see exactly where your cat will stay due to “insurance restrictions.”

           There is no insurance with that limit!


2.  Make Reservations EARLY, especially during peak Summer months, Christmas & major Holidays.



3.  When packing for your trip, talk to your cat—describe the home-like comfort where they will be staying, emphasizing

           that you will return. Our survey shows that informed cats(!) are calmer and adjust better. (Cats understand more

           than you may realize!)



4.  On the day your cat is scheduled to check-in, keep your cat indoors and confined.  Preparations for a

          trip can make a cat uneasy causing it to hide indoors or outside. How awful to have to leave your

          cat behind, not knowing if it is safe.  It happens!



5.   Pack something familiar from home—a favorite toy, favorite bedding, and/or something with your smell (pillowcase,

           sock, T-shirt). The items should be clean & small enough to fit into the Cabin. (Of course, all bowls, litter box with

           fresh litter, and a cozy bed are provided)



6.   Have a tote bag with enough food for your cat’s stay (plus a little extra). Your cat will eat  sooner with familiar food.

           Also, an abrupt change of diet can cause diarrhea when boarding AND AGAIN at home (!) when changing back to its

           food. Remember to include medications, vitamins, and/or treats.



7.   If your cat is prone to car-sickness, remove water and food the night before Check-In. After arrival at its Cabin, it will

           find fresh water and food to nibble when its tummy settles.



8.   Please remove collars and have your cat(s) in separate plastic carriers at the Pick-Up time.   Sturdy plastic carriers are

           the best escape-proof transport (also the best for at home in an emergency!). Zippered bags are NOT escape-proof!



9.   Within 24 hours, most cats realize that they are not at the Vets! They sense the territorial boundaries of the other

           boarders, snuggle into their Cabin’s plush bed, and accept the pampering of the Staff. Our guests usually become

           quite affectionate and playful.



10.   Delivering your cat home again is another adjustment for it. Re-exploring the entire house or hiding are common

           behaviors for the naturally cautious cat. If your cat is an indoor-outdoor cat, keep it indoors for a day as it settles

           into being home again.