The best way to look after your cat if you are going abroad, or are called away on an urgent trip, is to leave your cat with a reputable cattery.

Some pet owners are lucky enough to have neighbors that will come and feed their pet while they are away; they spend time with them, clean their litter, and give them fresh food and water. This, however, is only advisable if you are going to be away for a couple of days maximum. You can leave your cat with a friend or family member, but if you really don’t have anyone to help you, then you should take the plunge and take them to a cattery.

Most catteries will ask for a deposit upfront when you make the booking because, like a hotel, they need to book places and be guaranteed that the payment will be made. Most ask for an online payment which can easily be made over the internet. If you are worried about the safety of doing so, you should look at the website which should certify that it is safe for making payments. There are many specialist companies, such as Holm Security that focus only on online security in terms of emails and secure pages and transactions.

If you are still worried, then you should ask the cattery whether their website is on such a secure server with specialized security software. Before you make the deposit payment, you should make sure that you are happy with the level of care that your cat will be given. If a cattery is serious about its business, it will allow you to visit, and staff or owners will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. The website should also have plenty of testimonials, videos and photos of the facilities. These days, many catteries will even send you video of your pet while it is staying with them.