Trusting someone to look after your precious pets while you are away on holiday can be tough, so you’ll have peace of mind if you do your research first. Here are our top tips on what to look for when choosing the right boarding cattery for your cat…
Good places book up fast, so start your search in plenty of time
Get a personal recommendation if possible, and check the cattery is licensed by the local authority
Drop in without an appointment and ask to look around – you’ll be able to tell a lot from an unannounced visit
Check the living area is warm, secure, clean and dry, with plenty of comfortable areas
Individual cat pens should have toys, a scratching post, something to hide in or under, a shelf where the cat can rest, and a large litter tray
Cats who don’t know each other should not be able to make nose, paw or eye contact – other cats staring at them can be stressful
A good cattery will ask lots of questions about your pet, including diet and preferred type of cat litter, to help keep to their routine
A good cattery will insist that cats are vaccinated against flu and other diseases
Ask about insurance cover and what the procedure is for contacting a vet and you in case of a veterinary emergency
Ensure the location is not prone to flooding
Find out how many staff there are per animal in the cattery
As an alternative you could consider employing a pet sitter who stays in your house while you are away – cats are often most comfortable if they can stay on their own territory
We provide free pet advice as every pet deserves to be well looked after. We treated around 35,000 sick injured and homeless pets last year. We're so glad we've been able to help these pets who are unable to help themselves, but there are thousands of sick and lonely pets still in need, so we need to ask for a small favour.
All of our work is funded entirely through donations. People like you are essential to our work. If everyone who benefits from our articles is able to give a little back, we can reach thousands more pets. For as little as £1 you can make a difference - do you have one minute? Thank you.