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Star Boarding Kennels is a family run business established in 1977. The kennels are licenced for 62 dogs and 94 cats and are set in approximately one acre of land. All employees are chosen for the commitment and interest in the animals. It can pull at the heart strings to leave your beloved pet at a kennel while you are away from home, but rest assured Star Boarding Kennels provide a wonderful loving environment for your cat.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Boarding Kennels has a luxury cat kennel that opened in 2008 and has proved extremely popular. The cat kennel consists of 20 walk in units which have been constructed by Pedigree Pens. Each unit is furnished with a bed, a chair for your cat to lounge on and an activity stand/scratch post. Drinking fountains are also available on request. The cat kennels have everything your cat needs but you are welcome to bring bedding and toys from home to help your cat settle in. Make sure anything you bring is washed at 40 degrees and tumble dried.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

When bringing your cat to the cat kennel list the possessions you are bringing along with any dietary requirements. It is also important to tell the kennel about and ongoing conditions your cat may have and bring their medication with you. Make sure you treat your cat with a veterinary flea treatment prior to boarding. If this is due during the period of the board then Star Boarding Kennels will be happy to administer it on the due date. Cats must be vaccinated against flu and enteritis and must also wear a collar with an identity tag. An up to date vaccination certificate must be shown at the kennel upon arrival.

Cats can be trained to perform basic exercises, such as sit or how to use the cat flap, as well as more complex exercises such as giving a paw, retrieving objects or sitting in the meer cat position. For the majority of car owners training may be a more important route towards grooming their cat, examining him or her to check teeth, coat and claws, or simply to call them in at night. Training cats can be a time-consuming and delicate process and whatever your goal it will need to be done at the cat's own pace.

To find out more about the services offered at Boarding Kennels visit their website online website to see opening times and find out when you can visit the kennels to see for yourself the wonderful environment they provide for your cat.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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