Cats 101

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Our Cats 101 section is brimming over with helpful tips for taking your cat on a trip and choosing the best pet accessories for your home. We'll steer you towards the best options for beds, collars, carriers and all sorts of kitty gear, and assist you in everything from picking out the best cat litter to decoding pet insurance lingo or choosing your next pet's name! Read up on the documents you'll need for your next international trip with your cat or get advice from the pros on taking the perfect cat picture. Your cat deserves the best and we're here to help with Cats 101.

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Don't Settle For the First Place When Boarding

I spent a long time looking at different places online and visited two in person before making a decision. The first place smelled really bad, was tiny, and the lady that ran it was out running errands more than she was there so I thought I'd better keep looking. Look for a place that strives for a flea-free environment and requires cats to be up to date on their shots. Ask how long the cats will be allowed out and make sure you get a straight answer.

Carrie A., owner of a Bengal

Before Taking a Road Trip with Kitty

It's hard to believe, but most cats are homebodies. They don't need getaways like we do. I would worry that your kitty may inadvertently escape, and being far from home, not know how to get back to you and safety. Having said that, if you really want to bring her along, it's certainly better than leaving her at home alone with a few bowls of food and water. I would absolutely have her microchipped before you go. It's not that expensive and your cat can be identified and returned to you if she does get out. While you do that, make sure she's up-to-date on all her vaccinations including and especially rabies. And, of course, if she's not spayed, she should be before you go.

Joy W., owner of a Maine Coon mix

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