A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published July 4th 2011
More than 25 per cent of Australian homes have a cat - though as any feline lover will know, cats don't have owners; they have staff.
But when those staff go away for a holiday, what happens to the cat? Taking your feline to stay at a quality cattery will ensure that he gets the best possible care, which is, of course, nothing less than he expects.
Choosing the right cattery requires plenty of research.
In order to find the right boarding facility, you'll need to put in a little bit of time and energy. The first step is to search for a few different catteries in your local area. Google is good for this, but a personal recommendation is always a plus, so ask friends, family, your vet and fellow cat owners for their favourite. Once you've narrowed it down to two or three facilities, try to arrange a tour of each one.
Chat to the staff and make sure to ask any question that may be on your mind - it'll help you feel much more relaxed about what your cat is up to while you're away. It's a good idea to go in with a prepared list of questions to find out exactly what sort of care your furry feline will be getting.
Tour any facility you're thinking of sending your cat to.
Use your eyes, ears and nose to help assess each venue:
* Do the cats seem happy and well looked after?
* Do the living areas look and smell clean?
* Is there easy access to clean and fresh water?
* Is the space well ventilated and adequately lit?
* Is there enough space or is the area too cramped?
* Are you able to supply your own food?
* Is there vet care available on-site?
You'll most likely immediately know which cattery you want to send your pet to, simply from the overall look and feel of the place and the professional attitude of the staff. Once you've decided on the right cattery, you'll be able to go away and enjoy yourself without stressing about whether your cat is being well cared for.
As you'd expect, there are plenty of catteries across the greater Sydney metropolitan area to choose from.
Make sure the staff have a professional and caring attitude.
Cat Utopia promotes itself as the blissful retreat for cats that offers peace of mind for you. Located in a peaceful setting on the Central Coast, Cat Utopia caters to felines of all shapes and sizes. There's heated flooring, ducted air conditioning, flat screen TVs and modern grooming facilities.
Puss 'n' Boots was established way back in 1980, and today offers individual attention in a warm and comfortable environment for each and every cat. The professional staff are experts in cat care, with accommodation including single and family apartments or bungalows.
Aristocat Boarding Cattery can be found in the Hills District in Sydney's northwest. Providing five-star accommodation for all cats in a tranquil country setting, Aristocat offers each feline their own run. It is also a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia.
Petersham Boarding Cattery is located on the same site as a veterinary hospital, so vet attention is immediately available if required and cats are cared for by vet nurses. With competitive rates and a newly refurbished outdoor run area,this cattery has an ever-growing list of satisfied feline customers.
So the next time you're heading out of town, make sure you find your cat the perfect home away from home - he'll love you all the more for it.
Best cattery Iv ever taken my cat to is Divine Creatures Cattery in Willoughby. It is truly amazing place! I have never seen anything quiet like a cattery like this, the staff are lovely & my cat Max loves always comes home so happy.