Pet Owners Surveyed on Pet-Sitting, Kennel Boarding

Keeping cats in familiar surroundings tops list of reasons for choosing in-home pet care.

Posted: November 9 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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Cat Owners Surveyed on Pet-Sitting, Kennel Boarding

Most pet owners prefer to leave their cats at home instead of boarding them in a kennel.

 As the holiday season draws near and vacation plans are underway, pet owners also must secure arrangements for their cats. In a recent poll, about 82 percent of pet owners said in-home pet sitting is their preferred method of care, according to a survey conducted by pet-sitting company Fetch! Pet Care Inc.

Other preferred methods of care were pet-setting at sitter’s residence (13 percent); group daycare (5 percent) and kennel boarding (less than 1 percent).

With kennel boarding drawing the lowest numbers, respondents were questioned about prior kennel experiences. Almost 33 percent cited a “bad experience” boarding a pet, and 12 percent cited more than one bad experience.

Nearly half of pet owners surveyed said their biggest concern with kennel boarding was their pets’ emotional health, citing issues such as depression and separation anxiety. Approximately 20 percent were most concerned with their pets’ physical health due to the transmission of airborne diseases.

When respondents were asked about their favorable responses to in-home pet sitting, three out of four people said it was the preferred method of care because pets are able to maintain their normal daily routines in familiar surroundings. Other responses included no germ or virus exposure from other pets, personalized care and convenience.

The survey was conducted Oct. 19 through 29, 2007, and 1,133 pet owners were surveyed; 55.83 percent owned one or more dogs, 31.86 percent owned one or more cats and 12.31 percent owned one or more “other” animals, including fish, reptiles and farm animals.

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Angela    Hamburg, NY

11/9/2007 3:44:47 PM

This is so good to know.

Rebecca    Broken Arrow, OK

11/9/2007 10:49:05 AM

This article was helpful because I have been debating what I should do. I feel ba leaving him at home but now I think I'll have his aunt come stay with him and it will be fine.

MARTHA    COLUMBUS, OH

11/9/2007 8:35:09 AM

I WOULD WANT MY CAT AT HOME. I HAVE A FRIENDS WHO WILL SIT WITH HIM IF NEED BE, I MYSELF HAVE CAT SAT FOR FRIENDS. THEY ARE BETTER OFF IN THIER OWN HOMES

Marielle    Mississauga, ON

11/9/2007 7:21:51 AM

Dogs can benefits from being boarded a good kennel (doggie daycare type), because they can make doggie friends and have a lot of playtime. Cats generally hate being around strange cats and take a long time to make friends even with a new cat at home. The absence of their owner, the new surroundings, and the strange cats, are all things that especially all together are very stressful for cats.

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