Boarding: What to pack?

The countdown is on – you’ve packed your bags and knocked off work for the next two weeks. The only thing left to do is drop the fur kids off to their pet sitter on the way to the airport in the morning. But what do you pack for them? Surely they don’t need much, right?

To take to thinking out of packing for your pet, here is a list of things you may like to pack when sending them to their surrogate family for their own holiday…

  • Food – it’s not ideal to change up a pets diet overnight, it can cause an upset tummy, so be sure to include their usual food and discuss their feeding routine and amounts with FurMumma.
  • Bowls – although not essential, pets will feel comfortable eating and drinking from their own bowls. You may also have a fast eater who usually uses a slow feeder bowl.
  • Bed – our boarding clients are crated inside at night and we have plenty of blankets however, it’s always comforting to have smells from home so bring along their bed (if they have one) to pop into the crate.
  • Toys – although their are plenty of toys on hand in our home, some pets have a favourite feeder or toy that soothes them. Pack that too!
  • Lead – you never know when the FurMumma family might head out for an outing or walk so it’s ideal to have their usual leads, collars, harnesses and/or halters on hand.
  • Treats – there is really no explanation needed… treats are life!
  • Litter and litter tray – for the felines, a new environment can be nerve racking enough, let alone not knowing where to do your business! Cats will be drawn to the familiar smell of their own litter tray.
  • Medications or special health products (i.e. tooth paste) – needless to say, it’s very important that FurMumma is fully equipped with your pets medications and health products as well as the correct instructions for dosage and administration. Go one better and write this out for quick reference!
  • Current paperwork – it is essential that all boarding pets are vaccinated and flea and worm treated. Please include their current paperwork.
  • Emergency contact details – although unlikely, in the case of an emergency where we cannot reach you, it’s always best to head to your usual vet who knows the history of your pets health. You can include this on your ‘New Client Form’.

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