Having fun while the cat parents are away is an important part of feline enrichment
How Cat-Only Boarding Is Better For Stress
If you’ve had a chance to read my story, then you know the main reason I opened Rock the Cat Spa was because I noticed a lack of interaction with my cat while she was boarded. Sadly, but not surprising, I hear this concern echoed often when customers call or stop by for boarding. When boarding my cat, my main concerns were what types of interaction she received and how long she would be kept in that tiny cage each day. Unfortunately, since a lot of people believe cats are loners, this isn’t a high priority for many boarding facilities. One time I was even told that it would cost extra (per minute!) to give my sweet kitty a little extra love and attention! This is when I decided Rock the Cat Spa would be different in every way possible. Here, we give cats the best care and attention they can receive away from home.
Cats are sensitive and solitary creatures who enjoy their environment being just so. Part of why people believe cats prefer to stay at home is because many boarding facilities don’t cater to these needs. At Rock the Cat Spa, we know that the perfect environment can mean all the difference.
No Dogs Allowed
One main issue that I have with other boarding facilities is dogs. They may be man’s best friend, but a dog kennel is always barky and loud. Housing cats in the same facility can be very stressful for the cats.
While the spa is located next to Sit Means Sit (a dog training facility), the dogs are pretty quiet through the walls and not visible at all to my client’s cats. There are no dogs or any other animals inside Rock the Cat Spa. There is even a rockstar rear door if the owner wishes to have no possible dog sightings for their cat. We understand how added stress can upset a cat.
No Overwhelming Scents
Speaking of odors, while there are no other animal odors, we also have a strict policy of no air fresheners, candles or strong chemical odors. Cats can smell about 15 times better than us mere mortals, so even the slightest odor to us may be overwhelming to them. It can also emphasize that the cat is not at their home and make adjustment more difficult.
When cleaning, we move the cats to another area away from the non-toxic and environmentally safe products just in case. We also strongly advise bringing something from home when your cat comes to stay. This allows the cat to experience comfort with the smell of home to help calm and ease any anxiety.
Just like we love massages, cats enjoy being pampered (on their own terms of course!) The spa offers grooming services which can be selected upon check-in. If none are chosen, we still include a simple daily brushing to control any shedding and overall wellbeing check of the cat. However, if the cat is stressed or not interested, we will not force anything. Be sure to let us know your cat’s preferences.
Since this is a cat spa, the spa environment is fully embraced here. Soft classical music plays during the day and is left on at night to help soothe the cats. Classical music has softer sounds and a slower tempo to calm the cats. Spa sounds, such as rain and forest noises, are also played along with cat TV shows of birds, squirrels, string play, and laser dots. Cat grass is another fun feature which is available to help kitty clean her teeth.
As a kid, playing with my food wasn’t encouraged. But it is here! If snacks are allowed, we play hide and seek with treats. We will hide a few in the room when the cat is out to play and let them do a scavenger hunt for them. Hiding food treats can be a fun activity at home as well, but remember where you left them. Most likely, the cat will find them all but just in case, keep track of them. Unlimited Catnip is another bonus for those cats who can’t get enough! Per the owner’s permission, of course.
We love to simply sit and play with the cats! We have ample supply of toys available for each and every cat to enjoy. Daily play isn’t only fun, it can also help expend some energy and lead to a calmer disposition. If the cat isn’t up to playing, we encourage them to come out and hang with us and sunbathe upfront. Whether we are doing laundry or making lunch, we will have a cat out and giving them roam time to explore and stretch if they choose.
One on one time is important to a happy cat away from home! Some are lap cats, some love to be carried around and snuggled and others want to be left alone. We get it! We can accommodate any request the cats may have.
While there aren’t curtains or a Christmas tree, we encourage the cats here to climb! From multiple cat trees in varying heights to climbing walls such as the Meowywood Wall of Fame in the Hotel Catfurnia, we love for the cats to climb and look around. If they are not into climbing, then there are many cozy houses and spaces for them to crawl into for an afternoon private nap.
Sleep is vital to a cat and they tend to sleep on average 18 hours a day. Comfy pillows, blankets and quilts and even TempurPedic beds are available for the cats to doze off on. At bedtime, we have a Purrdown time when the chandelier is dimmed, music on, treats on the pillow and we quietly exit for a completely restful night’s sleep. Upon wakeup, we gently turn up the chandelier light and check on kitty quietly in case they are still snoozing. Usually they are, so we don’t want to interrupt their dream time!
One feature customers will receive at check out is a report card. This is a detailed report of the cat’s activities. The card documents any issues that may have arisen or possible problem (once we found a bump on the leg and it required surgery) in order for the owner to understand any behavioral issues or just to see they had fun!
Rock the Cat Spa was created with your cat in mind. We strive to create a healthy home away from home interactive environment which can really ease any stress for both you and your cat. We often hear how cats don’t want to leave because they are having too much fun! Mission accomplished.
Rock the Cat Spa owner Cari Thompson is a life-long cat lover. When she's not running the luxury cat spa & hotel, she's playing with her cat, Daphne. She writes weekly blogs on cat behavior, health, and care. To learn more about her, check out the About Me page!