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Cat boarding in Ottawa shouldn’t worry you. Some cats can be temperamental creatures, and some don’t like being taken out of the environment that they’ve become accustomed to. But now and again, you probably have to travel, and luckily, most cats will be perfectly content at the kennel.

For all kitties, there are some things you can do to make sure they have the best kennel experience possible while away from home.

  1. Do your background research on the facility. Look for feedback on their website, and of course, any word-of-mouth from friends or family who have used a facility in the past.
  2. When you’ve found a facility that you think might be a good fit, book a tour, as early as you can (the best kennels fill up quickly, especially during prime holiday times.)
  3. When touring the facility, look for large, bright cat suites with lots of windows for the cats being looked after.
  4. Check to see if the cats have clean litter boxes and lots of fresh water and food.
  5. Make sure the cats aren’t boarded in the same section as the dogs.
  6. During your visit, keep medical issues in mind and ask the right questions: is the kennel strict on asking for proof of vaccinations? Does the kennel administer medications and at what cost? And does the kennel have a vet on site or a vet that lives close by in case your cat needs medical attention?
  7. Cats don’t require the same type of exercise as dogs, but most of them do like to do some stretching and moving around. Check on your kennel visit to see if the cats have access to an indoor play room that permits them to do so.
  8. Transporting your cat to the kennel facility can be tricky. It’s easiest to transport the kitty in a cat carrier (one per cat). This ensures that they don’t have a chance to jump out of your arms and hide when you’re dropping them off.
  9. Once you’ve dropped them off, relax and enjoy your trip. If you’ve carefully done your research and chosen a trusted facility like Bekkers Pet Care, your mind should be at ease!

Ottawa Cat Boarding Services

Are you headed out of town and need a trusted, reliable place to leave your cat behind? Check out our page on Ottawa Cat Boarding for more details of our services, or contact us to arrange a facility tour. Enjoy your trip!

Thanks for reading,
The Bekkers Pet Care Team

Most dog owners don’t like to spend time apart from their dog. But whether it’s for a vacation or a business trip, sometimes life intervenes and you need a reliable, trusted place to leave your dog behind. Ensuring you know what to look for in a dog boarding facility can give you the freedom to travel without worry. Here’s how to find the right Ottawa kennel for your dog.

Doing Your Research

  • First, you’ll probably want to check out the company’s reputation. Check on their website and make sure they have some positive feedback posted from past customers.
  • If you’ve found that the kennel seems to have a positive reputation online or through word-of-mouth, you’ll definitely want to book an in-person tour of the facility. Contact the kennel if they give full tours of the facility and if you need an appointment to visit the facility.
  • The best kennels will fill up quickly so start your research and plan your facility tour early.

Questions to Ask the Kennel

Once you’re at the kennel, there are some basic questions you’ll want to ask, and observations to take. These could include:

  • Making sure the place is clean and smells good.
  • Ensuring that the kennel has enough staff on to look after the dogs they have in their facility.
  • Checking to see if all the dogs have their own kennel and access to an outdoor run.
  • Ask how the place is heated and if the facility has air conditioning.
  • Check if all the dogs have fresh water and clean comfortable bedding.
  • Ask if the owner lives on site and what time are the dogs checked on last at night.

Medical Considerations

Of course, you’re hopeful that there will be no medical issues when your pet is away. So there are a few more questions you should ask to cover both prevention and treatment.

  • Vaccinations are very important so make sure the kennel you choose is strict on asking for proof of vaccinations.
  • Does the kennel administer medication? And if so, at what cost?
  • Lastly, ask if the kennel has a vet on site (or a vet that lives close by), in case your dog needs medical attention.

Ottawa Dog Boarding

A little bit of research goes a long way. If you’re happy with what you’ve seen and the responses you’ve gotten to all those questions, then go ahead and book the facility. Give your dog a great kennel experience and it will make your vacations worry-free.

Bekkers Pet Care offers dog boarding in Ottawa for all your kennel needs. Check out our packages or contact us to arrange a tour today!

Thanks for reading,
The Bekkers Pet Care Team


Bekkers Pet Care officially opened up January 2001.  The property was bought in the west end of Ottawa to serve Richmond, Stittsville, Manotick, Barrhaven, Kanata and surrounding areas.

After two years of business, Bekkers opened up the second half of the facility to keep up with the demand. In terms of our physical space, we’ve continually added to our facility since then, improving and maintaining our buildings and grounds to the highest standards.

The Growth of Our Business

Our business has grown every year since we opened, 15 years ago. We attribute that to a couple main factors.

The first is the reputation that we’ve built on honesty, integrity, and great staff members. Our reputation is built on honesty and integrity. We’ve always put an emphasis on hiring good managers and plenty of part time staff, to make sure all the dogs and cats being boarded with us get lots of attention during their stay.

The second is the pride and care that we take in our facilities. It’s a top priority of ours to make sure that the kennel is kept up to the same shape as the day we officially opened. That makes it the best kennel in Ottawa and surrounding areas for your beloved dogs and cats.

Visit Our Ottawa Kennel to See for Yourself!

A successfully-run kennel comes naturally when you love what you do, and at Bekkers, we love every minute of giving your pets a great home-away-from-home. If you are looking for the right Ottawa kennel for your dog boarding, cat boarding or dog daycare needs, look no further.

Contact us to set up your facility tour today!

Thanks for reading,
The Bekkers Pet Care Team