When setting up a viable pet care business, it's important that you create an environment for the animal that is safe, secure and homely. You want to make what is essentially a home away from home.
Boarding dogs is a relatively common process and, whilst they may take a little time to settle in, after a couple of hours they'll be more than comfortable in their new environment. For cats, however, it's a totally different story.
Of course, cats need someone to care for them whilst their owners are away, but relocating them to a new environment is definitely not a good idea.
Here's why you should NEVER board a cat in your home...
Cats are creatures of habit. As independent as they may seem, they're really complex creatures that love to be settled into a solid routine in surroundings that are familiar.
Changing their environment can send a cat right off kilter, as they struggle to adapt to the overwhelming differences around them. Not only is the environment new, the scents that surround them are also totally alien, harming their territorial instincts.
The Problem Of Boarding An Outdoor Cat
For new cat owners, the decision between keeping the cat inside the house or letting them roam free is a major predicament, but their natural instincts and loyalty to their owner means that they're finely tuned to return home night after night.
This is fine when they're in an area that they're familiar with but, when relocated to somewhere unfamiliar, problems occur as they attempt to navigate themselves around. Without scents to lead them, they'll become confused and distressed, increasing the likelihood of accidents and putting them in a dangerous position.
Furthermore, if the boarding location is fairly close to their proper home, there's a chance that they'll return to the territory that they're familiar with. Whilst this is probably what's best for the cat, as a boarder the situation is far from ideal and should be avoided at all costs.
The Problem Of Boarding An Indoor Cat
For indoor cats, the need to mark territory can cause major issues. Not only will it cause stress and unsettlement for the cat, it can also be troublesome for you, as they desperately try to leave their mark.
Whether they scratch furnishings or go to the toilet to leave their mark, it's going to cause disruption, which will make boarding a cat a total chore.
This need will also conflict with their need for attention, which is vital in maintaining a positive state of mind. As independent as they are, cats need the reassurance of their human companions, with a lack of this having overall negative effects.
So, What Should I Do With My Cat?
Whilst sending your cat to a boarder is never a good idea, they obviously need to be cared for whilst you're away. So, there's only one real answer - find a suitable sitter!
At Tailster, we've a range of fully vetted carers and sitters to tend to your cat care needs. Whether you want someone to stay at your home for the duration, or simply pop in a few times each day to check on how they're doing, we've got all of your cat care needs covered.