Should you Board your Cat? When you must travel, making sure your beloved cat is well taken care of while you are gone is foremost on your mind. Whether you leave suddenly or plan a trip carefully, you're probably going to feel guilty over the upheaval your leaving will cause your pet. But is it better to find someone to watch her, or should you take her to a kennel? The short answer is a predictable one: It depends on the situation. If you are planning a trip or vacation, you may want to find a reliable friend or relative to take care of your cat right at home. Staying at home reduces a kitten's chances of picking up a respiratory infection, which is very contagious and quite common in many kennels. (Adult cats are often immune.) It is also less stressful for your cat, who may be so upset she refuses to eat. Although your cat will miss you madly, at home she is in a familiar place surrounded by familiar scents. If you decide to kennel your pet, you should have done your homework in advance, especially if sudden business trips are the norm. Visit the kennel and ask as many questions as you feel necessary to ensure the health of your cat. Are dogs and cats kept within the same room or even within sight of each other? (All-cat kennels are the best for your ca Saying good-bye is hard to do, but with preparation for proper care you can keep your cat healthy and happy for your eventual reunions.) Does the kennel offer places for your cat to climb and perch? Will she be in her own room?
Traveling with your Cat: If you're going abroad, the policies of the nation you're visiting may make the decision for you. Some countries - such as Great Britain, for instance - require quarantines that may last 6 months or longer. Some nations, such as Canada or Mexico, only require you to show proof of vaccination. Canada requires proof of rabies vaccination within the past 3 years while Mexico requires proof of vaccination within the past year. By the way, if you plan to travel to Hawaii, you should be aware that the state is considered "rabies-free." State law requires you to quarantine your pet for 6 months. Your veterinarian can help you decide whether to take your pet with you or put him in a kennel. If you decide to leave him behind, ask your vet to recommend a place for him to stay or recommend a pet sitter.