How To Find A Good Cattery
When you go away on holiday, or you’re not going to be around the house for extended periods of time, you’ll want to make sure that your cat is properly looked after in your absence. For some, this means leaving it in the care of a neighbour, and for others, this means taking your cat to a cattery, where it can be safe, and well looked after. To help you select the right cattery for your beloved feline, we’ve put together some tips on how to find a good cattery and what you should be looking for when you search for a cattery.
Reputation Is Everything
The first thing to look out for is the reputation of the cattery as quality varies massively. As always, asking friends and family would be your first port of call especially if they have used the same cattery multiple times. After that, you need to check online ratings. Much like restaurants and hotels, people like to review services that people have used for their pets, so you can get a really good picture of a catterys reputation through online searches. Google has an extremely useful feature that lets you filter by rating. Search for the term “Cattery In Cornwall” (or what ever area you are looking for) and select the “Rating” tab. This will allow you to see only the best rated catterys. Remove anything lower than 4 or 4.5 out of 5 and you have a list of places that have the best reputation.
What Animals Are On The Premises?
If you have a cat and a dog to home for a while then boarding kennels with an onsite cattery may be a convenient option for collection and pick ups, but may not be the most comforting place for your cat. Look for a dedicated cattery to reduce the amount of noise that your little ones will find distressing or agitating. The last thing they want is to go to a place away from home while having dogs barking in the evening.
Location, Location, Location
You can know a lot about a cattery just by looking at the location. Remember that your cat needs to be comfortable and calm during their holiday so avoid places near main roads, schools or town centres that can produce noise that your cat may not recognise or be used to. Also, if you can, try to avoid industrial estates that may spring to life first thing in the morning. If you have to drive a little longer to get to a cattery, then that is probably a good thing.
Is Food Included?
Find out before booking if food is included, and if so, do they have your little ones favourite meal? If they are staying somewhere other than home then they want as much familiarity as possible. The normal diet is a large part of this. If the cattery supplies the food then this will also save you money and time… plus it’s one less thing to have to remember!
The More Information, The Better
Ask the location how much information they want before the stay. If it is just the name of the cat and how long they will be staying, then you can assume that there won’t be a lot of care taken to your cat as an individual. However if they ask for things like the vet, an emergency phone number, the age and breed of the cat etc then it will give you a good indication that special care will be given.
Go And See Them
Always get hold of the cattery that you are thinking of sending your cat to so that you can go and have a look around. A good cattery will be more than happy for you to go in, meet the staff, and see the runs that the cats stay in. Look out for the cleanliness of the rooms as well as how secure they are. Make sure there is plenty of light and is airy. Be sure to see some other residents in the cattery and see the overall temperament and ambience. Find out if the cattery was set up by caring “cat people” or simply as a business.
If you are wondering how to find a good cattery then use this simple checklist:
Good reputation and online reviews
Exclusively for cats
Calm and quiet location
Food included with the stay
Friendly, and knowledgeable staff