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Cattery standards - what to expect.

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aviator Sun 17-Apr-16 18:27:52

I'm looking for a cattery whilst we are on holiday, first time I have done this so not sure what to expect standard wise. (Cat sitter not an option). I have been to visit one that was highly recommended from on a local forum and everyone says how lovely the lady is and fab with cats, gives them lots of fuss and treats, toys etc.

I left disappointed when I visited it. The cats stay inside, and are kept in a cage in a room (4 cages) They are about 5ftx3ftx4ft . She lets them out into the room (like a small bedroom) individually a few times a day and plays with them, grooms them. It looked reasonably clean, but the house stank of smoke, she obviously smokes inside and it was really stuffy. She seemed a really lovely genuine person though. To be honest I was a bit shock at how small the cages were - I don't know how keen my furry babe will be to wander out for a play with a stranger....but everyone raves about her. I'm going to look at some more outdoor style catterys with pens and runs. So to get to the point - do you think fuss and caring wins over a more 'business' like cattery.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 17-Apr-16 20:11:35

Ours is about 3x7ft but they stay in all the time.

It's very clean and all the pens face the stables & they can watch the birds and the gun dogs milling around.

I visited one that was like a cat concentration camp, I can not believe anyone left their cats there, It was smelly and all internal pens. Some cats faced a brick wall for the duration. They all looked miserable.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 17-Apr-16 21:39:37

This page gives great advice on choosing a cattery and icat has a list of approved catteries.

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