Choosing the perfect Cattery for your feline friend

By Kellie Tickner, Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital Administrator

WHEN it comes to boarding your beloved feline friend, ensuring their comfort and well-being is paramount. Cats, known for their aversion to change, can experience stress during boarding experiences, leading to behavioural changes and discomfort. Selecting the right home-away-from home facility can make all the difference in providing a positive experience for your cat. 

Stress Reduction Measures: Look for facilities that prioritise minimising stress for cats. A reputable cattery will design operations around maximising comfort and enjoyment for your cat during their stay. From familiar scents to calming pheromones, every detail should be geared towards creating a soothing environment.

Cat Carrier Familiarisation: Preparing your cat for their boarding experience starts at home. Help them become accustomed to their carrier by incorporating positive associations. Introduce the carrier well in advance of the boarding date, offering treats, toys, and familiar scents inside. Regular exposure to the carrier, along with the use of pheromone products like Feliway™ spray, can help alleviate anxiety during travel.

Travel Comfort: Consider the journey to the cattery itself. Opt for carriers that provide ample space for your cat to move comfortably and offer both top and front-loading options for easy access. Secure the carrier in the car with a seatbelt and create a cozy atmosphere by covering it with a blanket and playing soothing music.

Post-Boarding Care: After their boarding experience, continue to support your cat’s transition back home. Continue to utilise Feliway™ products to maintain a calming environment and ensure their litter area is secluded from potential stressors. Allow time for your cat to readjust to their surroundings before returning to their normal routine.

Selecting a reputable cattery for your feline friend involves more than just finding a place to accommodate them. It’s about prioritising their comfort, safety, and emotional well-being. By considering factors such as stress reduction measures, travel comfort, and post-boarding care, you can ensure that your cat’s boarding experience is a positive one, allowing them to enjoy their holiday as much as you do. 

Orchard Hills Vet Hospital is an accredited Stress-Free Veterinary facility, and equipped to provide the necessary support to ensure your cat’s well-being throughout their boarding stay. Phone the team on 4736 2027 for more information.