At Muirburn we’ve been looking after dogs and cats since 1996 and there’s a lot we’ve learnt along the way. We always get asked a number of questions from owners that are understandably concerned about leaving their pets at a kennels and cattery, especially if it’s their first time. That’s why we’ve put together our top 5 tips for you!


1. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and include Kennel Cough

All dogs and cats must be fully vaccinated prior to their stay. A current vaccination certificate must be produced on arrival. Dog vaccinations should include kennel cough, which should be done at least 10 days prior to boarding. The risk to health where pets congregate is high – the local park, dog training courses, and of course a kennel stay. This risk is greatly reduced by vaccination. If you neglect this procedure, then you are failing to take steps to protect your pet.

2. View the kennels/cattery before you book

We actively encourage first time boarders to come and visit so you can see where your pet is going to live whilst you are on holiday. Our kennels and cattery are of the highest quality and we love to show this off to new customers whilst answering any questions you may have about how your pet will be looked after whilst in our care. Viewings are limited to between 11am and 12pm from Monday to Saturday so to disturb boarders as little as possible. If you wish to view outside of these times please call us on 023 92 592765.

3. Book a trial stay

If you’re unsure how your dog or cat will react to a kennel or cattery stay, you could consider booking you pet in to stay for a day and night for us to monitor them over this short period and report back to you. Most dogs and cats that stay with us adapt quickly to their new surroundings, and we even have many regular boarders that excitedly drag their owners through the gates!

4. Book in early

To avoid disappointment, it’s always best to book your pet’s stay as soon as you have your own holiday booked. This also avoids having to ring around friends and family the day before your flight begging them to house-sit or having to drive your dog to their house in the middle of the night!

5. Bring something familiar with them

To help them settle in to their new surroundings, it sometimes helps boarders to have a familiar toy or piece of bedding with them. Try to bring something that is not too precious in case it gets damaged, and make sure that it is labelled so it can be easily returned when you collect your pet.