Your two options are to take your pet to a cattery or have a trusted friend or member of the family take on the role of pet sitter.
With a pet sitter, your first and most crucial step is to leave the name, address and phone number of your pet’s vet in case of an emergency — and leave your cat carrier out.
You'll need to leave clear instructions on emptying the litter tray, disposing of contents, cleaning and refilling, plus more than enough litter and food, as well as any water bowls or drinking fountains. Don’t forget to tell your pet sitter where they are kept. There are essential cleaning supplies such as stain removers, plastic bags and disinfectant. You'll need to advise on how to get your cat in at night.
A recent photo and detailed description is a wise move, including any special markings, just in case he decides to wander. You need to add details of situations that might cause fear or aggression.
Always remember to inform your vet that your pet sitter has authorization to take your cat in for treatment.
Keep a note in your purse that gives contact information for your pet sitter in case you are involved in an accident or become ill. When you are travelling abroad, as this will bring you peace of mind.
If a pet sitter is not an option for you, then your alternative option is using a cattery.Health and Welfare expert Karen Bessant advises on how to choose a quality establishment. "Yellow pages, cat magazines, local newspapers, veterinary surgeries, local councils, pet shops - even your friends can provide you with lists of licensed catteries. But the ultimate choice is your own. Location alone should not be the method of selection - the nearest cattery may not be the best choice for your cat."
"Choose at least two catteries to have a look at. Give the cattery a call and find out a bit more."
Do the cats have individual, heated sleeping accommodation?
Only cats from the same household should be boarded together.Heating will ensure your cat is comfortable whatever the weather.
Are dogs boarded there too?
The sight, smell or noise from dogs in kennels can be very stressful for cats and is best avoided.
Do the cats have an outdoor run?
Some catteries provide indoor accommodation only. Most cats prefer an outdoor run. Outdoor runs also give improved ventilation that prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses within the cattery.
Is there a safety passage?
A safety passage encloses the entrances to each cat’s quarters, enabling easy recapture of cats should they be
intent on escape.