No one can replace YOU in your cat’s life, but sometimes we need to leave our cat/s.
A good cattery is the next best thing. It could be a much needed holiday, a hospital
moving house or family members coming to stay who are allergic to cat fur.
What are your options :
1/ Leave your cat at home - Cats are in fact not as happy with this as you think,
cats don’t like to be
in an empty house alone. They do not understand why they are there and YOU are not.
Their favourite person who they have bonded with are no where to be seen. Remember
your cat bonds with YOU not the house…
If you are away for a period of time your cat may
start pining and stray into other cat’s territory or
onto a road they would not normally use.
If your cat did go missing think of the worry this
will give the person caring for your cat. If you have chosen a good cattery none
will happen and your cat will be cared for,
be safe and have company.
2/ Put your mind at rest…Ask friends and family or other cat owners for recommendations.
Make an appointment with a cattery, go along,
with a list of questions, that is what we are here for.
See how the boarders are behaving, relaxed, asleep, happy, chatting to you as you
pass by. Are the surrounding gardens tidy and buildings in good condition. Is there
a homely feel or a business
element . How many staff are there. At the end
of the day you know your cat best and will know
if you have found the right cattery.
We appreciate a
(Feline CV !)
this is a good opportunity to involve the children
telling us about the routine for your cat at home, so we can mimic your cat/s needs
while he/she is on holiday.
You can tell us for example if:
Your cat likes to be brushed, likes tummy rubs, an extra blanket to snuggle under.
Does he or she have a favourite toy? If so bring it along. Is your
cat a deep thinker or busy bee?…loves to chat and a
or happy just
watching/sleeping the day away.
Owners will understand and appreciate that this will
ensure a happy guest.
Q: When is the best time to bring my cat to cattery?
A: If you are travelling that day, best come along to the cattery first thing. Just
incase your cat decides to go “walk about “ and then you will be waiting for him
to come home.
Q: Should I feed my cat as normal on that day ?
A: If your cat is coming to us in the morning, we can feed him when he arrives.
He will be more likely to hang around the house thinking you have
just forgotten to feed him.
Q: Will my cat come into contact with anyone else's cat ?
A: No… your cat will not come into contact with other cats. Each cat or family of
cats will have their own dustpan and brush. No cross infection can then take place.
Only cats from the same household will live together.
Your cat will be aware of their neighbours.
Q Should I visit the cattery before booking & what should I expect and ask?
A: Absolutely ..Yes ! If possible, make an appointment and go along, see for
yourself how the guests are and an experienced proprietor should be able to
answer all your questions. Security and fit for purpose buildings are always one
of the most asked questions. The best recommendation is” word of mouth,”
work colleagues, local vets, & local cat charities.
Q: What daily checks will you do for my cat?
A: We check ears, eyes, coat . The contents of the litter tray, food eaten,
drinking habits and the general well being of your cat.. Most of this is documented
on the chart relating to your cat attached to the chalet. This will allow us to
pick up on any changes straight away.
Q: I don’t have a family of cats but would like a family cottage for my cat.
Is this possible?
A: Yes, if one of the cottages are available. Please enquire. Also if you wish to
upgrade from a single to a double chalet, we are sometimes able to accommodate.
Q: What is the youngest age that I can board my kitten?
A: Once your kitten has had the full course of vaccinations and one week clearance
we are able to accept your kitten. Usually around 14 weeks of age.
Q: Will my cat be groomed daily?
A Yes, as part of the daily routine. We do have grooming brushes etc for all
types of coats. But you are welcome to bring your own along as your cat will
be familiar with them. However we will not groom cats that are obviously
not groomed at home and any cats that object violently to being groomed.
Do Remember your cat's vaccination card. Your cat will not be able to stay without
Do Treat your cat against fleas & worms 3-5 days prior to boarding.
( If your cat is due during stay we are happy to give treatment with your written
Do Bring along their favourite bed if you wish, also toys & grooming brush to
help your cat settle in.
Do Remember to book your cat in the day before if you have early morning
travelling arrangements or overnight.
Do Bring along your cats treats, we are happy to give to them on a daily
basis during their stay.
Don't Wash your cat's bedding before taking to the cattery, as this will remove any
Don't Feed your cat before the journey it may well vomit or worse!
We will feed once settled in.
Don't Put bedding that you wish to leave for comfort in the carrier in case of
Newspaper, puppy training sheet or an old towel will do the job.
Don’t Arrive with your cat in your arms or on a harness.