Last year was my first year to use a cattery in Ireland. I had always asked a family member to look after my cats when away as we would return the same favour with their pets but last year we all went on a holiday together and found I had no option but to use a cattery. When I started to research catteries in my area I found some to be too small, some place your cat in with other cats and some had dog boarding kennels on the same premises and you could hear the dogs barking.
I have always found the best facilities are those that someone has recommended to you. Ask your friends or family who own cats and see if they have used a cattery before and would they recommend one for you. Ask your local animal shelter, or your local vet. I have put together a small guide below with some questions you may need to ask if you are placing your cat in a cattery for the first time and hope this helps you in choosing the best cattery to suit you and your cat.
Terms & Conditions when placing you cat in a cattery:
Before you can take your cat to any cattery in Ireland you must have an up-to-date vaccine cert and your vet’s contact details. All catteries will demand you sign a contract stating if anything should happen your cat while you are away the cattery has your consent to seek medical help and the cost is transferred to you. If your cat is on a special diet you may be asked to provide your own food. Male cats over the age of 7-8 months are not accepted if they are not neutered. Flea & worm treatment must be up-to-date.
A couple of questions, you may want to ask yourself before choosing:
- Is the accommodation clean?
- Does your cat have enough space?
- Will your cat be kept indoors or outdoors and if outdoor will they be warm enough at night?
- Are your cats safe from other animals such as dogs or foxes?
- Will they be in a room on their own?
- How often do you visit and play with my cat?
- I have a disabled or special need cat, can you provide the proper care?
- Can you Skype, send me pictures or emails to update me as to how my cat is doing?
- Will my cat be groomed (if needed)?
- Do you have a communal cat room?
If allowed, bring your cats bed, blankets and toys, the smell from these will make them feel more comfortable in their new accommodation.
Double check all the contact information you have given and make sure they have the right contact information for you.
My Bella is a very skittish cat so I would not place her in a cattery that had dog boarding kennels attached…..just something to consider.