The Cat Hospital of Tidewater offers boarding!
- Your cat must have an exam at our hospital before coming in to board.
- Your cat’s vaccines must be up-to-date; we require that they have their Distemper (FVRCP) vaccine and Rabies vaccine at least 5 days before coming in to board.
- Your cat must be spayed or neutered.
- Your cat must be on a flea preventative. If we find fleas on your cat while they are boarding, we will put a dose of Advantage II on your cat at your expense.
- If your cat is over 8 years of age, they must have their bloodwork checked.
Why do you require that the cat has an exam (and bloodwork) before coming in to board?
- Boarding can be stressful on a cat. We require the exam (and bloodwork) so that we have a baseline of how they are under normal circumstances, without the added stress of boarding, so that if they get sick while they are boarding, we know how they are normally.
One of the most common questions that we get is “Where will my cat be boarding, they won’t be in a cage the entire time, will they?” Here are our boarding areas:
Our pens are rooms with a shelf and a chair in them that we drape blankets over so that your cat can hide under them if they want.
Our isolation rooms are slightly smaller and have cages and shelves in them, we take the door off of the cages so that they can go in the cages and hide under the shelves. This is where we may put older boarders so that we can keep a closer eye on them.
Other Boarding Scenarios
One other boarding option that we have mainly happens during our busy boarding times (i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas). Your cat would be in a cage in our cattery during the day while we have appointments, but at night we would put them in one of our exam rooms with both doors closed and plenty of bedding in the room for them to sleep on. The exam rooms also have a chair in them that we drape a sheet over so that they can hide under it.
Boarding Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring for my cat’s stay?
- We provide blankets, litter pans, kitty litter, food and water. We feed our boarders Science Diet Adult dry food and Friskies and Fancy Feast canned food. If your cat is on a special diet, we recommend you bring that so they can stay on their normal diet. Also if your cat is picky and only likes to eat certain foods, we recommend that you bring them so that we can be sure that they will eat while they are here.
- Feel free to bring any blankets, beds or toys that your cat likes from home. We also recommend that you bring something from home with your scent on it, for example a shirt that you have slept in but not yet washed, to help them feel more comfortable.
What kind of feeding schedule do you have for the boarding cats?
- We usually keep some dry food down for the boarding cats and feed them some canned food in the evenings, however if your cat is on a specific feeding schedule (i.e. only canned food and no dry food, fed canned 2-3 times a day, etc.), please let us know and we will change the feeding schedule to accommodate them.
My cat is on medications, can they still come to board?
- Of course! We will give your cat their medications, for a small additional fee. Be sure to bring your cat’s medications when you bring them in to board.
What happens with the boarders when you are closed?
- When we are closed (i.e. Sundays and holidays) a staff member comes in twice a day to clean, feed and medicate the boarders.
Will my cat be with other cats?
- No they will not be with other cats, each cat gets their own room. If your cat does not like other cats, we will drape a sheet over the lower half of their room’s door so that they will not be able to see them.
Even though my cats live together in the same house, they do not get along. Will they be put in the same room together?
- If your cats do not get along and need to be separated, let us know and we will put them in separate rooms.
When can I pick up my cat?
- Your cat can be picked up during normal business hours (for our business hours, click here). We do not have pick-up times outside of our business hours.
Can I call to check on my cat while I am away?
- Of course! Feel free to call and check on your cat, we will be happy to tell you how they are doing.
If you have any other questions or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (757) 466-9151.