Spring Creek Kennel & Cattery
Pet owners will soon be making
holiday vacation plans and now is the best time to begin
making arrangements for accommodations for the family
pet. Since no one likes returning from a vacation to find
that the family pet has run away or chewed up the
furniture, kenneling your dog or placing your cat in a
"cattery" can be an excellent solution to your
pet care concerns.
kennels and catteries are businesses that are designed
and operated specifically to care for pets. They are
experienced in pet behavior and can eliminate the
problems caused by separation stress. Most pets adapt
quickly to the boarding environment and even seem to
enjoy the experience. Following are some tips on how to
find the right boarding kennel or cattery for your pet.
Ask your veterinarian or
friends for a reputable boarding facility in your
area. Telephone the facility to see if they could
accommodate your pet. Remember, most facilities
fill up weeks in advance of busy vacation times.
Dont wait to the last minute to make your
Make a personal visit to the
facility to determine the quality of care the
facility offers. Take note of the general
appearance of the facility. The kennel should
look and smell clean. Insist on inspecting the
actual area your pet will be kept during the
stay. Look for secure fences and gates, room to
exercise, and whether the enclosures drain well.
Ask about supervision and determine whether
kennel staff is knowledgeable about pet care and
Inquire about provisions for
water, food, veterinary services and
immunizations. A reputable kennel will have a
strict policy regarding proof of immunization for
Next, check out the
provisions for animal comfort, such as
temperature control, protection from the weather,
ventilation, bedding, sleeping quarters and
exercise area. Dogs should have enough space to
enable them to break out into a run. Because cats
exercise isometrically (by stretching) they do
not need much area but the enclosure should be
large enough to permit stretching and placement
of food dishes, toys and a litter pan.
While at the
facility, ask for any printed materials on the
facilitys policies, rates, hours, or
successful boarding tips, etc.
By finding the right boarding
kennel or cattery, you can relax and enjoy your vacation,
knowing that Rover and Felix are safe, happy and well
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