Since I became a cat parent, I haven't travelled, like a real vacation, which makes 3 years. I just get this paranoia of leaving my cats behind for a long period of time since I'm very OC with their care and security. They are very sheltered cats, you know. *hairflip*
There came a time that I needed to travel so I had to look for a place where I can board my cats while I'm away. A friend suggested pet hotels. Pet hotels are establishments where pet owners need to leave their furbabies when they need to go on a trip and do not have anyone to look after their pets. Veterinary clinics have this as part of their services and the number of establishments are becoming increasingly popular. For someone like me with no yaya or know someone to leave my furbabies with, this is heaven-sent.
I had to do a lot of research to where to board my furbabies. First of all, I wanted one that have very good safety concerns. There was a storm coming so I made sure the place was flood-proof. I also made sure that my boys would have a lot of space to exercise. Finally and most importantly, I made sure that they are very big on safety and security, so the boys won't do any escape exhibitions. I consulted cat lovers and cat mums who have multiple cats and cats with special needs and issues (in my case, Candy with all his life issues and kasungitan). My friends Jonna and Mirell suggested I take my boys over to Pet Project in San Juan, and most pet lovers agreed as well.
Pet Project is a Vet Clinic located in San Juan. It is a huge house converted to a clinic,
|photo from the Pet Project Facebook page|
The doctors behind this place are Dr. Riza Zunio and Dr. Melay Pelayo. Coincidentally, Dr. Riza was the doctor who performed surgery on Candy when he was rescued as well as his neutering procedure. Imagine her surprise when she met our baby boy again, this time a lot fatter and cuter than the scrawny, thin kitty she met before. Being the pet parents we are, we did an ocular of the space first and explained our babies' needs, okay, mostly Candy's needs. Also, I really expressed my greatest concern on their security and safety, like even though my cats are chubby, they move fast and to be really cautious going in and out of their suites. Yes! Our cats actually had rooms instead of cages,
|taking lots of selfies while giving my Burtie Boy snuggles|
I'm one pet parent that gets separation anxiety when leaving my furbabies. So imagine I think I created a 5-page list of all my notes on my cat's needs (diet, their attitude, their temperaments, body concerns. etc). and even packed with them their own toys, bed, litterbox, food, and two unwashed shirts (as per Jonna's suggestion). The day before their boarding, I was hugging and kissing them a lot even. When they were in their room, I personally arranged their stuff inside. Dr. Rizza suggested not to open their carriers yet as they will stay with them for a bit so that the cats can adjust better in a new environment.
The best part of it all was that they would send us updates even while we are away. Dr. Rizza would send us photos and updates via Viber everyday.
|set up big cages at the room so that the kittehs don't escape, complete with litterboxes, bed, and hammocks|
|Candy being that handsome cat that he is, always gives everyone that "I-don't-care-how-you-run-your-life-look", which actually increases his appeal.|
|playtime with Burt the Explorer|
This was what gave me my ultimate peace of mind, that I know that my boys are doing quite well and I really left my cats in good hands. I could really enjoy my vacation and sights. Even though that the clinic was busy, the doctors still took time to send me updates and really play with my cats.
|we brought Burt's scratching post, and he loves it|
|The king Candy in his spot, still being a cute catloaf.|
I would recommend Pet Project for pet parents who want to go on vacation with peace of mind with their furbabies in good care and would love getting updates on their babies. This really gave me the opportunity to welcome travelling again because I know my babies will be in good hands. And yes, I love that they really followed all my instructions up to the very last detail even setting up these comfy cages for the cats to be able to hava some space for exercise while still being safe. Also, they really had playtime too, which gave them social interaction. Thank you Dr. Riza and Dr. Melay and the rest of Pet Project Vet Clinic for taking care of our babies!