Cat boarding: mission, regulations, advice and prices

Cat Boarding: Mission, Regulations, Advice And Prices

The holidays are approaching and you want to keep your cat. If you’ve ever entrusted your cat to kind neighbors or supportive friends, you may not want to bother with them anymore. Cat boarding is then the solution. To choose it well, here are all the details about this booming cat care method.

Mission Of The Pension

A pension is neither a refuge nor a care centre. It is a place where you drop off your animals so that we can ensure their well-being in your absence. This is why some pensions only accept sterilized cats, ask that the cat be in good health and of a sociable nature, and refuse kittens under four months old.

Boarding your cat therefore requires some registration formalities.

It is essential to present a photocopy of a ID card of the same name as that indicated on the vaccination card.

The pension also requires a deposit check : not cashed, it is used to finance a possible visit to the veterinarian and to guard against a temptation to abandon. In the latter case, the pension tells you the duration without hearing from you from which they consider that the cat is abandoned (one week most often).

You will find pensions that take more precautions, probably because they have been exposed to the problem too many times. They indicate that in the event of abandonment, they will file a complaint by providing a photocopy of the identity card presented, the registration number of the vehicle with which you came and a copy of the video surveillance attesting to this number.

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Keeping your cat cannot be improvised. It is important that you yourself are ready to entrust it so that you have a peaceful holiday. As for your cat, the fact of staying in an unfamiliar place must be compensated by providing it with its usual kibble, as well as toys or other objects impregnated with its smell.

Expectations regarding the animal may vary from one boarding house to another. The pension may require the administration of an antiparasitic treatment on the arrival of the cat, or the certification of recent treatment or the provision of a new anti-flea collar.

Do not hesitate to ask to visit places before you decide. Legally, each animal must benefit from a minimum of 0.5 m² and be housed in premises with a minimum temperature of 15°C. Premises with tiling and rounded corners facilitate the cleaning of surfaces and therefore good hygiene. Litter boxes, cat trees, bunks must be available for the animals. A cat flap door will allow the movement of cats at any time of the day and night.

The cat must be up to date with all its vaccines, the vaccination card attesting, anticipate the date of the holidays to make sure that everything is in order. Vaccinations against leucosis, typhus and coryza will be requested in all pensions; those against chlamydiosis and rabies depend on the region: they will be either recommended or mandatory.

Cat Boarding Regulations

No official training delivers diploma pension manager. However, some training courses in the cat trades provide useful notions for managing these animals collectively, such as BPA, BP or professional baccalaureates specializing in breeding trades. You learn to take care of the cats, to educate them, but also to manage a clientele and a business. The LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins) also offers a certificate of technical study of the pet. Do not hesitate to ask the pension for their references in this area.

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Cat boarding is a supervised activity by articles L.216-4 to L216-8 of the rural and sea fishing code. It is compulsory to declare the pension to the prefect.

The facilities must comply with health and animal protection rules. To ensure this, the Departmental Directorate of Veterinary Services (DDSV) carries out checks to ensure the hygiene of the premises and the comfort of the animals.

The manager of a boarding house for cats must be able to provide proof of professional certification (list established by the Ministry of Agriculture), of training authorized by the same ministry, or of a certificate of competence relating to the exercise of activities related to pets of domestic species (abbreviated CCAD, this certificate was issued until December 2015).

The pension manager should keep two registers one indicating the dates of entries and exits of the animals in its establishment, and the other all the care carried out on the animals in boarding.

Cat Boarding Rates

Cat boarding is booming. You may have the choice and can compare the prices of the pensions between them.

Then check what is included in the prices indicated: accommodation, daily cleaning of the rooms, heating or ventilation, provision of all the furniture, provision of toys, food.

The latter can be provided, and in this case, the price will be higher. The pension can also accept that you provide the kibble yourself, imposing a minimum per day to prevent your cat from running out of food.

Rates usually start at 10 euros for a cat and for a stay of less than 15 days. The pension can offer decreasing rates if you entrust several cats to it or if the stay is longer than 15 days. THE special care such as taking medication, administering insulin or daily brushing of the coat, are subject to tariff supplements.

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Some guesthouses offer specific approaches or top-of-the-range services: organic croquettes, vegetable and ecological litter, pheromone and essential oil diffusers, aromatherapy necklaces, etc. The price will be that much higher.

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