If you're planning to be out of town or away from home for several days, it's important that your feline friend has someone reliable to take care of them while you're away. Cats are much more independent than dogs, but that doesn't mean they do not need constant care and attention. Before you call the local boarding kennel, consider the pros and cons of this as well as opting to have someone you know check in on your cat.
Many veterinarians provide cat kennels for cats while you're away. The number of dog-exclusive kennels is much higher, but some facilities will also happily accept cats. Consider the conditions in which your cat will be left while you're gone, and think about the length of time you plan to be away. If you have an outdoor/indoor cat, keeping them in a cage for a week could be traumatic for them. Take a look at the facility and make sure they provide adequately sized cages or kennels for cats so they have room to stretch and play.
Cats can be vulnerable to a number of diseases, so only use a kennel that has strict requirements for vaccinations. If your cat were to come into contact with another feline and get into a fight, they can run the risk of catching a number of communicable diseases if the other cat is not properly vaccinated. Look for cat boarding kennels who specialize in cats only so you know your pet will be getting the best treatment possible.
If you have a trusted friend or family member nearby, ask them to keep an eye on your cat while you're gone. This is often a better choice since cats like to be in their own territory rather than away from home. Make sure your cat-sitter comes by to check on your kitty at least twice a day so they can be sure the cat is getting ample food and clean water. Ask them to scoop the litter box at least once a day so your cat has a clean place to use the bathroom.
Ideally, you can find someone who would be willing to stay in your home the entire time you're gone. Not only will they be able to provide care for your cat, but they can also keep an eye on the house and bring the newspaper and mail inside for you. Make sure you only choose someone that you fully trust if you decide to task someone with this responsibility. Create a checklist of all the things they'll need to do for your cat such as administer medication, change the water bowl, and give your cat food. Whichever option you choose, as long as you leave your cat with someone you trust, you should be able to enjoy your vacation worry-free.