How much will your pet boarding cost?

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Pet Boarders on Thumbtack cost$20 - $30

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  • Lowest price:$0
  • Most common low price:$20
  • Most common high price:$30
  • Highest price:$0

How much does it cost to board a cat?

Cat boarding services care for feline pets while their owners are away. Cat boarders are typically animal lovers, trainers or people who work in animal health. They provide lodging for cats at their home or kennel. Many cities and counties require special licensing for a person to board cats and other animals in their home, so make sure that professionals are in compliance with local regulations.

For a fee, cat boarders provide pets a space to sleep, feed them meals, ensure that they have fresh water and keep them on their daily routine. Many boarders administer medication if needed for an additional fee, depending on the business model. Most cat boarders advertise that they offer love and affection along with keeping an eye on the physical well-being of pets.

Professional cat lodging varies widely in terms of the setup. Some boarders provide space for a small number of cats in their private home, while other boarders have dedicated facilities built specifically to house the animals. Several factors affect the cost of boarding a cat.

Nightly rate

Prices for cat boarding vary depending on the specific type of accommodations, the services included in the nightly rate and the geographical region. Boarders in areas with a higher cost of living generally charge higher rates for all services. Other factors reflected in the nightly rate include the boarder’s overhead for providing services, insurance costs and required licensing. Here are some examples of nightly rates:

Delania Brooks of Dee’s Doggy Den in Cleburne, Texas

  • Overnight rate: $18 for the first cat

    • This is a dedicated animal boarding facility with a section built specifically for cats. Each suite accommodates four cats and has perch shelves, beds and a private litter box.

    • Each additional cat lodged in the same suite costs $13 per night.

    • The facilities have a monitored security alarm, smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and surveillance cameras with a DVR to keep animals safe.

    • Supervised playtime with other cats in the cat daycare is included in the nightly rate.

    • Night time cuddles and treats cost $3 per session and include cuddles, massage and tuck-in service.

Allison Weeks of Peticularly Perfect in Escondido, California

  • Nightly rate: $25 per 24 hour period

    • Cat boarding requires a minimum of $100 to book.

    • Pet owners can get a 25 percent discount for two or more pet guests.

    • Owners must provide the pet’s food, medications, treats and other supplies such as bedding, leash and toys, along with any special care instructions.

    • The facility provides TLC time and supervised playtime, pet feeding and care routine, photo text updates, and administration of medicine as arranged.

    • Pets can check in anytime after 6 a.m. and be picked up anytime before 10 p.m. the day of check out.

Additional fees

Cat boarding costs can be affected by factors beyond the cost of lodging. Many cat boarding professionals also offer "pet taxis" to pick up cats and return them to their owners if they are unable to do so prior to travel. Costs for pet taxi services are often based on mileage along with an initial flat rate. Most cat boarders prefer that owners provide their pet’s food, but some will provide meals for an added cost—either a per-day rate or a per-meal rate. Fleas and mites are taboo at shared pet accommodations. If boarders find fleas on pets during their stay, owners will likely have to pay for cleanup services later. Here are some examples of potential add-on costs from Peticularly Perfect:

  • Flea, mite or tick treatment: $250

    • This fee covers the cost of the treatment and cleaning.
  • Pet taxi service: $12 per 15 minutes of drive time

  • Early drop off or late pickup: $2 per hour

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.


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