Going on holiday? What happens to your cat?

Thinking about your next get away? Thinking about what will happen to your beloved pet?

Cats Protection would not recommend anyone taking their cat on holiday with them, as it can become very stressed by travelling and disorientated in a new environment without the familiar smells of their home territory.

So really that leaves two options: arrange for a trusted cat sitter to look after your cat, or book a stay in a cattery for your pet for the duration of your holiday.

Booking a cat sitter

A pet sitter is a service in which someone will call in regularly to feed your cat and spend some time with them. A trusted friend, neighbour or family member is ideal.  Alternatively, some pet sitter services will arrange for someone to live in your house while you are away.

Checking into a cattery

If you book your cat to stay in a boarding cattery while you are on holiday, make sure you organise it well in advance and that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.
here are plenty of catteries to choose from and it can be overwhelming to find a suitable one. We always recommend inspecting a cattery prior to making a decision.

When you visit, check:

  • Each unit is insulated, easily cleanable and has some form of heating
  • Pens gave gaps between them so that cats cannot go nose-to-nose
  • The pens, litter trays and food or water bowls are clean and tidy
  • Cats from different households are not housed together and cannot come into direct contact
  • Cats from different households are not housed together and cannot come into direct contact
  • The cattery insists that all cats are up to date with their vaccinations
  • There are double doors or a ‘safety corridor’ which prevent any cat that has got out of his pen from escaping
  • The cattery is happy and comfortable to administer any ongoing medication if your cat requires it 

For more information read the Foreign travel and cats page on our website and our Moving house cat care essential guide.