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What types of vaccinations does my cat need before any type of boarding or grooming?

Usually, kittens must start getting vaccines when they reach 6 to 8 weeks old until they're about 4 to 5 months old. For kittens, the shots come about every 3 to 4 weeks. Once that's done, your kitty should get their yearly vaccines, or ask your vet about the 3-year vaccine.
They would need their RABIES shot, and the FVRCP shot (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia). The FVRCP shot is a combination, or you can also call it the "distemper shot".

When you groom cats, do you have to sedate them? What can I give them if they're too anxious?

It depends on the behavior of your cat. Some cats, they’re a little bothered by the noise of the clippers, but with others, they might not like it, but they’ll keep still when the groomers are working on him/her.

In a few cases, there are cats that simply cannot be groomed without a sedative. These types of cats are usually the ones that have a hard time with strangers trying to hold onto them when they’re trying to groom them; and they might bite or scratch because they panic – which is nobody’s fault, because the cat sometimes simply does not like to be held tight.

What is recommended for these types of cats is a sedative given by your veterinarian; it is called “Acepromazine Maleate” the 10 mg tablet. The way it works is, usually, you don’t feed your cat in the evening and then give them the tablet first thing before taking them to the groomers. The pill will start working within 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the tolerance of your cat to sedatives). It is best to have them groomed within the hour and a half mark, so that there is no chance for your cat to wake up whilst getting groomed. If you don't want your kitty to have the effects of the sedative in their system, there is another option. There is another medication called "Gabapentin". It's not as strong as the ACE, but it has what they call a "gentle sedation" effect on your kitty. 

There are a whole bunch of other "organic" ways to calm your kitty without medicating them. Check them out and try them before resorting to pills. You can read about them here:

The 8 Best Calming Aids for Cats in 2021 (

When I travel, wouldn't my cat be better off at home in his/her own environment with a pet sitter?

That is truly up to you. However, you have to take in account that a pet sitter might only come during feeding times. What about the other times of the day? Who will play with your cat(s) during the day? Who will scoop out their litter more than twice a day? If something were to happen to them at home during the day, would someone be there to check on them right away? Or bring them to the vet in case of an emergency? Here at Catnip Inn, we can ensure that they will have FREE play times throughout the day, get clean fresh water at least twice a day, and get their litter boxes scooped throughout the day to ensure cleanliness and freshness. Whether it be interacting with other cats or playing with our wonderful staff, your cat(s) will surely get the attention they deserve throughout the day. And should any emergencies were to happen, we would contact you right away and let you know about the problem. There are several veterinary services close-by and there is a live-in caretaker that would make sure that your cats are doing well even at night.

What do I need to bring for an overnight/prolonged stay?

We supply every kitty boarder a litter pan, fresh litter, and a food and water bowl. The items you can bring to make them feel more "at home" is something that would smell like home: perhaps a small blanket or pet bed, a towel, or even a shirt that smells like you. Though we can provide food for an extra fee, we advise that you bring the food that your kitty is used to eating at home to prevent an upset stomach. You can also bring some small toys (or larger toys if you've got a bigger unit reserved for them) to make them feel more at home.

My cat(s) need medication, would Catnip Inn be able to administer them?

Yes, we would be able to dispense any medications your pet may need. However, we won't be able to do real early morning (before 9am) or after hours (any time after 5pm) medications. We can administer pills, syringe liquids, add medication to food throughout the day, if needed (from 9am-5pm). There is a medication charge. If you would like to know what they are, please see our "Cat Boarding Rates" page and scroll down the page to see the BOARDING CHARGES.

What are Soft Paws/Claws? Do you apply them?

Soft Paws (for dogs) and Soft Claws (for cats) are vinyl nail caps for pets. Some cat owners use them as the humane alternative to declawing. They are used to protect your furniture from getting scratched up by your cat(s), and they are also used to protect yourself and the people in your household if your cat loves to scratch (even accidentally). They are easy to put on, and can be done at home; but we suggest that if you don’t know how to put them on, to bring them to us so that we can show you how to properly place them on your cats.

I have a cat that sheds A LOT, what can I do about it?

There are TWO seasons where cats shed the most, SUMMER and WINTER. However, sometimes some cats just shed their fur more than others. A consistent way to remedy this is to brush your kitty/kitties often. However, not just any brush will do; because you can use a brush that we would use on our hair and it won't do you any good in the long run. You need what is called an UNDERCOAT RAKE. We would recommend that you use a DOUBLE-ROW UNDERCOAT RAKE. It has two rows of stainless steel pins that capture all the undercoat your fur baby produces. Another sure-fire way to reduce shedding is to give your kitties a good bath every other month. If you have trouble doing these things at home, call our shop to make an appointment, and we'll be glad to help you out and teach you any techniques with brushing that would help you.

Also, check out our BLOG to see a more IN-DEPTH explanation on what you can do and what types of combs/brushes/tools you'd need to groom your kitty at home.

How much is it to board my cats? How much is it to groom them?

Please see our BOARDING RATES and GROOMING RATES pages for more information.

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