Holiday season is in full swing! Among all the planning and packing, many cat or dog owners will need to make arrangements for their furry friends. Kennels and catteries are a popular option for dogs and cats and, with some careful preparation, it needn’t be a stressful time for them. At The Insurance Emporium, we want you to be able to enjoy your holidays knowing that your pet is comfortable. That’s why we’ve put together these tips on how to make sure their kennel or cattery stay goes smoothly.
1. Ch-check it out!
Have a look at a range of kennels or catteries for your pet to stay at before picking one, just to make sure that it’s suited to your needs and that of your cat or dog. The one you pick should suit your furry friend’s normal routine and be able to provide the right amount of exercise that they’re used to.
2. Book in advance
The most popular kennels and catteries might get booked up far in advance, especially if you’re travelling during peak times – like around summer and Christmas. So, book early to make sure your cat or dog can stay there. Also, some kennels and catteries may ask for proof that your pet is up to date on vaccines, so have your certificate ready. On that note, make sure your cat or dog has been treated for fleas and worms ahead of their stay.
3. Creature comforts
Pack your pet’s favourite toy, bedding and possibly an item of your clothing – all things with familiar scents. Bring any medications and make sure they’re clearly labelled with instructions for the kennels or cattery. Also, include a list of what your cat or dog usually eats. Another thing that could help to keep your animal comfortable is if you inform the kennels or cattery any particular likes or dislikes your furry friend has.
4. Keep them calm and carrying on
Calming supplements could help your cat or dog settle and many are available without prescription from your vet – if you have insurance with us, it’s worth being aware that we do not cover these. An appeasing pheromone, which you can get from your vet, might also help to make your furry friend feel more secure and reassured while they are staying in an unfamiliar environment.
5. Doggie day care
If you’re putting a dog in kennels, consider taking them there for day care first so that they can get used to the surroundings and staff. This will also let workers get to know your pup. Also, if your dog usually spends a lot of time with you and hasn’t been separated from you before, it’s worth making sure that they’ll be able to cope.
6. Preparing your cat
With cats, get them used to the idea of travelling in a carrier by leaving it in their favourite room for several days. If there’s more than one feline in your household, ask the cattery to put the animals that get along together and separate those that don’t.
7. Consider other options
For some cats and dogs, it’s worth looking at alternative options to kennels or a cattery, such as a house sitter. Older, anxious or aggressive dogs may not suit kennels. With cats, they can be very territorial and attached to their home environment. For this reason, your feline might become stressed in unfamiliar surroundings. It might be useful, in these cases, to look at ways for them to be cared for at home.
When you’re on holiday, it could help you to relax if you know that your dog or cat companion is also having a nice vacation. Another thing that might give you peace of mind at any time of year is pet insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our pet policies include such benefits as Holiday Cancellation for up to £1,750*. There’s also up to 30% discount^ available for new customers. Journey to The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!
*Cover up to £1,750 available on Time Limited Gold, Maximum Benefit Gold and Lifetime Gold policies.
^The 30% discount is available on lunar monthly and calendar monthly policies and policies where the premium is paid annually. It is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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