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Going on holiday?

Making plans for your feline friend...

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We all look forward to our holidays but when you have a cat who isn’t coming with you, leaving them behind can be stressful for you and your cat unless you have done your preparation work and set up the perfect break for both of you.

There are a few different options to consider for your cat’s care when you go away.

In-Home Care

Having someone, whether it is a friend, family member or professional pet sitter, stay in your house while you are away is many people’s preferred option as it creates the least amount of disruption to your cat and their routine.

However, finding the right person you trust who is happy to care for your best friend while you are away is not always easy. If you go down the route of a professional pet sitter, be sure to do your homework to make sure they are fully trained and insured and it is a good idea to ask for references from other customers. 

Before you go away, write down your cat’s feeding schedule including details of any medication they need and at what times. It is also important to make sure your cat’s carer has the contact details of your local Vets4Pets practice so that they know who to call in an emergency. 

If your cat gets upset when you go away, there are special plug-ins you can buy from your local Vets4Pets practice which emit a scent which mimics the naturally occurring pheromones that a new mother would produce which can help your cat feel more relaxed.


It’s not always easy finding someone to stay in or visit your house regularly, so another option is to take your cat to a cattery.

Good catteries often book up quickly so it’s a good idea to do your research early on to find a cattery that you’re happy with and book your cat in as soon as you know your holiday dates.

A reputable cattery will insist that your cat is fully vaccinated before they will accept them and will ask to see your cat’s vaccination records so don’t forget to take them with you when you go.

Again, if your cat doesn’t like the cattery, ask if they have the facility for you to use a plug-in to help your cat settle in. Alternatively, speak to your vet at your local Vets4Pets practice for advice on other solutions for keeping your cat calm and happy whilst your are away.

Whichever option you choose, early preparation will ensure you can jet off on your hols feeling relaxed and happy knowing that your cat is happy too. Doing a trial weekend before you go is a great way to make sure you cat has a relaxing time too.

Pet passports

Oops, there is one more option we forgot – how could we!

If you’re holidaying in the UK, perhaps your cat could go with you? Or even if you’re travelling to Europe, Pet Passports mean that your cat would no longer have to go through quarantine to re-enter the UK. Great news for our four-legged friends who like to travel! 

For more information, read our article on pet passports or have a chat to one of the team in your local Vets4Pets practice.