Recently, my husband and I celebrated our beautiful dog’s ninth birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet canine companion for so many years. To commemorate this special occasion, my spouse and I shopped for the perfect birthday gift. We decided to purchase a nice red collar for our dog. Our dog’s old collar was faded and dirty. Her new, red collar looked amazing next to her sleek black fur. After placing her new collar on her, our dog looked ready to take some memorable pictures. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the best practical gifts to buy for your pets. Enjoy!
Many people prefer leaving their cats at home when they go on vacation, reasoning that the cat will be more comfortable in familiar environs. While this may be true to an extent, it can also be dangerous for a senior cat. This is because older cats are more likely to suffer a medical emergency or another issue when you are away. The following tips can help you make boarding a more comfortable and safer option for your pet.
Tip #1: Check for elder-friendly facilities
Older cats tend to have stiffer joints, often with at least slight arthritis as a challenge. When checking out the boarding facilities, make sure the kennel area is easily accessible for your pet. Some cat facilities use multi-level cages so the cat has more room to roam. Make sure kennels of this type have gradual ramps leading to upper levels, instead of difficult platforms for jumping.
Tip #2: Ask for privacy
Many senior felines are set in their ways, which means they may not be as comfortable seeing other cats near their turf. This is especially true in an unfamiliar environment. Choose a facility that use privacy curtains on the kennels and provides plenty of enclosed areas inside for your cat to nap peacefully and undisturbed. There should also be a well-padded cat bed to cushion the older bones.
Tip #3: Be upfront about problems
Just like people, cats can develop some challenges as they age. One common issue is incontinence. If your cat suffers incontinence, be upfront with the facility so they will be prepared to check bedding and other soft items in the kennel for accidents throughout the day. Some older cats also get stiff or painful joints, which means they don't like to be held in certain ways. Make sure you let the staff know if this is a concern since it will save your cat the pain and possibly prevent them from scratching or biting at the staff in annoyance.
Tip #4: Create a care list and supply pack
It's not uncommon for cats to be placed on special diets, sometimes even prescription foods, as they get older. If this is the case for your pet, then make sure that the facility is clear on dietary needs—including any treat restrictions. Also, provide the facility with plenty of the specialized food so they have it on hand. The same goes for any medications your cat must take. Provide the facility with prescription information in case they need to order more food or medications while you are away.
Tip #5: Consult with your vet
Make sure your vet's office is aware that your cat is being boarded and where they are being boarded, just so they are prepared in the case of an emergency. Also, ask your vet if there are any health concerns that should be addressed before or during boarding. For example, it isn't uncommon for anti-anxiety medications to be used. Have your vet prescribe one that won't interfere with any other medications your cat is on.
For more information, consider contacting a boarder in your area. Places like the Academy Of Canine Behavior may be able to help.