When it comes to ensuring your feline friend has a stress-free and comfortable stay at our veterinary-owned and government-accredited cattery, preparation is key. Cats are creatures of habit, and any change in their environment can sometimes be met with resistance or anxiety. To help make the transition smooth and enjoyable for your beloved pet, we’ve put together some essential tips on how to prepare your cat for their stay at our cattery.
Vaccinations and Health Check
Before booking your cat’s stay, make sure their vaccinations are up to date. This is not only a requirement for their safety but also for the well-being of other cats in the facility. Most catteries, including ours, will ask for proof of vaccination, so check with your veterinarian to ensure your cat is current on their shots.
Medication and Special Care
If your cat requires medication or has specific dietary needs, be sure to inform us in advance. We have trained staff who can administer medication and accommodate special dietary requirements. Provide clear instructions, doses, and the medication itself, labeled with your cat’s name. Some items will be possible, others might not. This would depend on the nature of your cat, how anxious they might be feeling in a new surroundings, and what the medication is! We do have a fee for medication administration as it often is a two person and challenging job!
Familiar Items from Home
Cats are often comforted by familiar scents and objects from home. Bringing a few of your cat’s favorite toys, blankets, or bedding can help them feel more at ease in their new environment. These items provide a sense of security and can reduce stress. Or, purchase some feliway spray to be used in their room, we can sell you a bottle if you like and send the rest of the bottle home with Kitty when they return home.
Ensure the cattery has your up-to-date contact information. In case of any emergency or questions about your cat’s well-being, it’s crucial that we can reach you. Leave multiple contact numbers and provide an emergency contact if possible.
We will try and do our best to help your cat adjust to the cattery environment gradually. We will try to give some treats or a toy to make it a positive experience, or spend more time with the nervous cat trying to help her settle. This can make the transition to the cattery less daunting for your pet. Sometimes it just takes some time to get used to the new place.
Provide the cattery with a list of your cat’s likes, dislikes, and any behavioral quirks. This information can help the staff tailor their care to your cat’s unique needs and preferences.
Respect Their Routine
Cats thrive on routines. Try to stick to your cat’s regular feeding and playtime schedule as closely as possible in the days leading up to their stay. This consistency can provide comfort in an otherwise changing environment.
Stay Calm and Positive
Cats can pick up on their owner’s emotions. If you’re anxious or upset about leaving your cat, they may sense it. Try to remain calm and positive when dropping them off, reassuring them that you’ll be back soon.
At our cattery, your cat’s well-being is our top priority. By following these tips and working with us to make the transition as smooth as possible, you can ensure that your feline companion has a comfortable and enjoyable stay, whether it’s for a short vacation or an extended period. We’re here to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your cat, and we look forward to welcoming them into our feline-friendly facility.