People often ask me what kind of things they need to consider when they are choosing a cattery. Well, to start with, I’d recommend you check your local Council’s website – first question should be whether or not the cattery you’re considering has been licensed by the Council, and then what rating they received. Ask to see a copy of the cattery’s licence. The licence is important because it means that the establishment has robust procedures, a high standard of accommodation and staff, and is properly insured. Under the new DEFRA regulations it’s not possible to be five star rated unless the size of your pens is at least 50% larger than the standard laid down by the Government.
If you’re going away for a couple of weeks and your cat is used to luxuriating in a nice big, centrally heated house, you really should consider whether a pen held together with chicken wire and situated largely outdoors with a gale blowing through it is going to work for your cat. It really might be a bit too much of a shock, yet many catteries are just like this So look for somewhere that offers modern, hygienic, spacious, light and quiet surroundings which are stimulating yet safe and secure, Good news is The Country Cat Hotel has been built to modern regulations and standarsdsamd we can offer just that , a home from home in a warm and very safe environment.
Since your cat will be spending quite a bit of time in his or her new suite, it’s important that there are sufficient activities available to keep them stimulated. So, make sure that there is a cat tree, toys and ideally a bed they can sleep on but also snuggle into plus comfy blankets which cats enjoy while sitting.
Most cats really like having a view, so seek out pens with large windows where there is something for them to watch, perhaps some wildlife. It all helps to keep them interested and stimulated. All our pens have a large viewing wondow so our guests can watch the world go bu or spy on our wildlife community.
Heating is another important thing to look for. Ideally, you want the sleeping area to be thermostatically controlled so that it can be kept at a constant temperature around 22 degrees centigrade. But it’s also important that there is good ventilation and air extraction and that there is a facility to increase the temperature particularly if it’s cold in the Winter.
One very important thing to ask about is the cleaning regime at the cattery. Cross contamination is something that you have to look out for, so make sure that the pens are scrupulously cleaned during each stay and most importantly in between changeovers.
Whether your cat is the sensitive type or not they will definitely do better in a quiet, peaceful environment to help cats feel at ease, with no sudden, loud noises that can be startling or unnerving for the cats.
The experience level of the staff is going to be really important, especially if your cat has special needs. Did you get a good feeling when you met the staff? Did they communicate well and did you feel you would be confident driving away having left your cat in their care? Ask questions to understand how they will look after your cat and manage any special requirements that he or she has. It’s also worth taking a look at the other cats that are boarding – do they look happy and relaxed? Do the pens look safe and secure, are they clean and tidy?