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Vacation plans: care for your cat when you go on holiday.

As we approach the summer months, you'll no doubt be starting to think about booking your summer holiday. But while you’re jetting off into the sunset, what happens to your beloved pet?

tabby cat sitting in blue suitcase

Photo by zeevveez via flickr / Creative Commons

Cats Protection would not recommend anyone taking their cat on holiday with them, as they 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 it. 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’re away.


Checking into a cattery

If you book your cat to stay in a boarding cattery while you’re on holiday, make sure you organise it well in advance and that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.

There 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:


For more information read the Going on holiday page on our website and our Moving house advice.

Continuity can be helpful when taking your cat to a cattery, so ask the cattery about taking familiar food, cat litter and something that smells familiar from home; and ensure it has somewhere to hide in its pen.

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