Cats and kittens become family but unfortunately they are rarely welcome on family holidays. Consequently we have to find someone to take care of them while we are away.
Catteries, cat hotels, cat boarding facilities, call them what you will, have had a chequered reputation over the years but it is possible to find the perfect home away from home for your four-legged 'child'.
Firstly ask friends and family if they can recommend a cattery. Ask your vet or local animal shelter. Do not, however, assume their recommendation is all that is required. Make a short-list based on their suggestions, accessibility, and budget.
You can find dozens of catteries online and some veterinary clinics offer short term and emergency board for example The Cat Clinic http://www.thecatclinic.com.au/ (Mt Gravatt, Paddington and Clayfield). The RSPCA http://www.rspcaqld.org.au/ also offer boarding at their Dakabin, Toowoomba, Bundaberg and Cairns shelters for $15 per day. In Logan Village you will find a cattery called Catz Holiday Home (07 5546 3522) which, being small, offers fabulous personal care without all the trimmings for around $15 per day while other catteries offer different levels of accommodation ranging in price from $12 -$25 per day for basic and up to $50 per day for luxury bedroom suites including reverse cycle air conditioning and private outdoor play area
Step two is arranging a visit. All reputable catteries will be happy to show you around. Look for the following: Happy animals Fresh water
Clean bedding A secure, safe area for the cats to play inside, and outside Do they require proof of immunisation (they should)
A vet nearby or on the premises in case of emergency
• Experienced carers
• Someone on site 24/7
• Relaxed, quiet environment
Finally, book in advance, especially during major holidays such as Easter and Christmas.