Many families go on holidays over the Christmas break, as kids get 6 weeks off school and their parents take annual leave to spend time with them and unwind from a busy year. Whether you escape to another state for some rest and recuperation or have a big overseas trip, it’s always a time where great memories are made that last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, one family member gets left out of these plans each and every time, and that family member is the household cat. Travelling with an animal can be tricky at the best of times but when it’s a long summer vacation, there’s no practical way to take your furry friend along for the ride.
So, cats are essentially left to fend for themselves when the rest of the family heads off. Even though cats are seen as solitary creatures, they ate actually very social and need regular attention and affection.
Getting your next-door neighbour to come around and put out fresh food and water is a tactic used by many pet owners when they go away. But if the trip is for more than a few days, then that starts to get a bit mean for the animal!
Another option is to put your cat into a boarding facility over the holidays. This gives you peace of mind that he or she will be looked after so you don’t spend your whole vacation worrying.
If you go down this route, where should you book in your animal for their Xmas stay? There are plenty of regular catteries around Melbourne but if you’re treating yourself to a vacation, why not treat your pet to one as well.
A unique accommodation option is Bayside Cat Resort which offers a deluxe cat resort. Every animal has their own individual suite which includes a multi-level tower for sleeping and playing, a scratching pole, toilet and other furniture. Even if you go away for a month your cat will never get bored.
The staff are super friendly and go into the suites every day to provide lots of love and cuddles. You can also bring their favourite toys or blankets so they feel right at home.
Now that the law stipulates that cats must be kept indoors at night time it can be cruel to keep them home alone for a long period. Furthermore, you will need to have very nice neighbours who are willing to come into your house each day to change the water and replace the food. And if they let your cat out during the day, fingers crossed they come home in the evening when they are called!
When you consider the options, cat boarding certainly makes sense.
Helping your cat during Christmas at home
If you decide to stay home for the holidays, here are some important things to consider to look after the welfare of your kitty.
- Don’t leave string or ribbons laying around – your cat may eat them and get sick
- Avoid having ivy, holly and mistletoe anywhere in reach
- Keep decorations out of reach too, unless you want them pulled down
- Allocate a room for just the cat if you’re having guests over
Any most importantly, have a Merry Christmas!