It's never fun to board our cats when we go away, for them or for us. However, I feel a little better leaving them in good hands at the Cat's Pause. It is a small, cat-only kennel run by a bona fide cat lover. We have 2 cats so the "Texan suite" suits them just fine. Their "suite" is always clean both when I drop them off and pick them up. The owner allows some creature comforts from home, even encourages it. I like that she spends time with all the cats. (She has a chair in their room and watches TV with them.) I've never had a problem making a reservation, but she does fill up for Thanksgiving and Christmas in advance. Note: Usually, payment is made when you pick up your animal, but for these two holidays, it's a pre-pay deal. You can also arrange for an assortment of cat grooming while your cat is being boarded. I met the groomer, and he is very friendly. He was shaving a cat and the cat wasn't scratching his eyes out. Impressive.