Where to Leave Your Cat

Professional pet sitters and upscale boarding facilities pamper your cat while you're away.

By Andee Joyce

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Pet Camp's employees all have ample experience, both volunteer and professional, working with animals, and genuinely seem to love cats. Klaiman says they frequently eat lunch in the cats' room so they can visit with them on their breaks. Senior staff members take veterinary technology courses and are knowledgeable in administering medications. An emergency veterinarian is always on call. Like pet sitters, boarding facilities require advance reservations.

Not all ABKA-accredited facilities provide the services Pet Camp does, but each is expected to adhere to a code of ethics and more than 200 detailed requirements reflecting the views of operators, veterinarians, pet owners and humane organizations. Participating facilities must submit detailed information about their animal-care procedures to ABKA.

Klaiman believes other kennels will follow Pet Camp's lead in the years to come. "I think more and more younger people are getting involved in this business, and they're doing it because they really love animals," he says. "People come back to us again and again, because they know we really care."

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Barb    Hamburg, NY

1/24/2012 10:14:52 AM

I needed to have someone take care of a newly adopted cat for a couple of days while I was out of town. The Petsmart nearby had just added a Pets Hotel with a separate area for cats so I decided to give them a look. The facilities were very nice and clean, separate cat area away from dog area, separate crates for each or adjoining if there were two cats to be boarded together. I had the option to bring my own food, litter, toys, bedding or they would provide. Since my cat is very social I requested the room with a window to the "hotel lobby". Couldn't have been more pleased with their caring service. They encouraged me to call whenever I wanted to see how she was doing. One of the really nice touches was the invterview form that I completed with personality questions. Based on this, they really had a feel for her likes and dislikes. Highly recommend this type of service.

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