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Preparing Your Cat for Boarding

Kittens generally take to boarding readily and have a wonderful time playing with their toys and our staff. Adult cats are usually nonchalant and are quite content to rest, eat, and make friends with us. You can ensure the best vacation for your cat by preparing in the following way:

10 days in advance

* Proof of vaccines

1-2 days in advance *Assemble your check-in information
*Fill out the check-in form
The day of arrival

*Allow enough time to check in
*To feed or not to feed? Maintain normal schedule

10 Days in Advance [back to top]

Proof of Vaccines
Make sure that you have written proof that all of your pet's vaccines are current.

We REQUIRE that the following vaccines have been given withing the past 12 months:


We recommend that the following vaccines have also been given within the past 12 months:

FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Feline Leukemia

Be sure that you have enough medications to last the entire boading stay, if your pet requires them.

Heartworm medication. Will heartworm medication be required while you are gone? PLEASE do not give your pet heartworm medication early because you will be gone. Bring your heartworm medication, and we will be happy to administer it at no additional charge. If your cat is not taking heartworm medication, we suggest you discuss it with your veterinarian as the incidence of heartworm has been on the rise in cats.

Contact us in advance about administering any medications that are not given orally.

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Prepare and assemble your check-in information
Assemble the following information, which will be required when you check in:

*Your itinerary, in case we need to contact you.
*Names and phone numbers of at least two emergency contacts.
*Your veterinarian's name, phone number, after-hours number, and address.
*Any pertinent medical information about your pet, such as allergies, seizures, or other special health concerns.

Check-in Form
Fill out the check-in form (click here to access form). You may e-mail us the form, or print it and bring it with you when you check in. Preparing the form in advance will significantly speed up the check-in process. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FORM IS NOT A REQUEST FOR A RESERVATION!

Be sure that you have enough food for the boarding period. This is a good time to read our section on Cuisine, if you have not already done so. (Please contact us for special arrangements for long term stays).

Cookie Breaks for Cats
Cats have a reputation for being 'finicky' and in many cases it's deserved. If there is a special treat that your cat enjoys, we ask that you provide an ample supply for the entire stay. Otherwise we gladly provide healthy, nutritious treats for kitties.

Need more food? Click here to visit PETsMart.com (allow 3-5 days). PETsMART.com Specials


Pack for your friend's holiday, including food, treats if desired, medications, toys, bedding, and so on.

Toys: A variety of interactive and/or self-play toys from home would amuse your cat during his or her vacation. For your convenience, we offer a selection of reasonably priced cat toys in our Lodge gift shop.

Bedding: Our kittie condos are spacious and there is plenty of room for bedding items that kitty is used to, such as bed, basket, or blanket. We also offer very inexpensive bedding for purchase in the Lodge gift shop.

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Allow Time to Check In
Be sure to allow enough time for check-in. We do not suggest dropping off your pet "on your way to the airport". Our pets are very sensitive to our moods and feelings. If you are feeling stressed and upset due to worry about rushing to catch a plane, your friend will arrive at the Lodge agitated and concerned. Click here to see our check-in times.

It's okay to maintain your cat's normal feeding schedule on arrival day. Cats are not normally bothered by digestive upsets caused by the excitement of boarding.

Your pet is in very capable and loving hands!!


At the Lucky Dog Lodge, we treat your pet like a member of the family. Our priority is the happiness and safety of each guest. Rest assured that your pet will have an ideal vacation stay, enjoying our luxurious facilities and peaceful rural setting. Your companion is in caring and capable hands.