Creating a Great Environment for Your Feline Guests
A cattery, if designed and cared for effectively, is great for promoting feline welfare and a brilliant place for an owner to leave a cat should they go on holiday, move house or have an emergency situation at home such as an illness. A good Cattery will leave the owner with no doubt in their mind that their feline friend will be cared for and peace of mind that no harm will come to it.
What makes a good cattery? Why would someone choose your cattery over the one just a few miles down the road? The two most important, deciding factors in this decision are the quality of the environment in which the cat is kept and the quality of care that the cat receives in the cattery. If the owner perceives that both of these issues are addressed and are happy with the standard that is offered by the cattery then they’re more than likely to leave their cat there.
Some cat owners have never left their cat alone before and the thought of doing so can be very distressing and daunting-they’re bound to have hundreds of questions swimming through their mind-what will he be fed at the cattery? How often will he be fed? Will his bed be changed regularly? Will he be given enough attention over all the other cats in the cattery? If you can allay these fears and physically show that your cattery is a nice place for their feline friend to stay then you are halfway to winning the battle.
As mentioned previously, the two most important factors in any Cattery are the quality of the environment in which the cat is boarded, and the quality of the care that is delivered. Starting with the most fundamental aspect, and the part that will create a good-or bad-first impression on the owners is the accommodation that you’re planning to keep the cats in. This should clean and attractive with meticulous attention to detail in terms of hygiene and cleanliness, bedding should be clean, warm and cosy and in a separate part of the pen than the cats play area. The play area should have boxes and shelves where the cat can play-or hide away-if it wants to, a scratching post where the cat can vent any frustration and plenty of toys to wile away any boredom the cat may experience. In addition to this, there should be an opportunity in the cattery for the cat to enjoy fresh air if needs be and perhaps a little window where the cat can look out.
To ensure that the cat is kept in optimum condition whilst at the cattery it should be fed a nutritious, wholesome diet and have fresh water which is changed regularly. The cats should be given plenty of attention where necessary-lots of human interaction in the forms of strokes and cuddles-and enjoy a calm but well ordered routine.
Following these brief guidelines for your cattery will ensure that the cat enjoys its stay and the owners are thrilled when they go to collect their happy and contented cat. Offering the best for your feline guests ensures that the owners will continue to use your cattery again and again and also spread the word about how happy they are with the standards of your cattery.