Choosing a boarding kennel or cattery

cat-and-dog-Finding somewhere for Fido and Felix to stay while you are away can be a complicated business. Our guide is designed to walk you through the process, so you can enjoy your holiday and peace of mind that your four legged friends are being well looked-after.

Start planning well in advance of your trip so that you have enough time to make sure the kennel or cattery is up to scratch. Remember that popular places are often booked-up months in advance, especially during the summer holidays.

Next ask friends and neighbours or your vet if they can recommend anywhere, or search online for a site with plenty of positive feedback. Once you have found a likely location phone to check if you can drop-in without making an appointment; it’s by far the best way to get an honest idea of the day-to-day running of the place. Pay particular attention to the following:

  • All kennels and catteries must be licensed by the Local Authority and should have certification on display
  • Ask if they are affiliated with any professional bodies such as The Pet Industry Federation
  • Ask if they have any references from local veterinary practices and check they have an on-call vet available around the clock
  • Check whether you need to provide proof of vaccination, you don’t want your pet to catch something nasty from another animal
  • Do the workers seem like genuine animal lovers or are they just going through the motions?
  • Check the cleanliness of the accommodation and wellbeing of the animals
  • Ask about daily exercise routines and other ways of keeping your pet occupied
  • Check what’s on the menu and whether you can supply your pet’s favourite food
  • Check exactly where your animal will be kept as different sized pets are given different sized pens
  • Check to make sure that there’s adequate ventilation and heating
  • If it’s too noisy for you the chances are that it will be too noisy for your four-legged friend

Once you have found a place that ticks all the right boxes make sure they have an emergency contact number and your vet’s contact details. Ask if you can bring a few favourite possessions (such as toys and bedding) to help your pet settle-in, and remember that you’re not the only one who’s going on holiday!


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