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Neighbour or this cattery?

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EachandEveryone Sun 29-Jan-17 06:42:49

www.silverhillcattery.co.uk/Cattery.aspx its had great reviews and the vets always recommend it to me. £16 a night though. I need to go away for a week and I've never left her this long. My next door neighbour comes in and feeds her for me if I'm away for the weekend. She's 8 months and loves company. It looks ok doesn't it? The neighbour is lovely but there will be no playing and she goes outside in 15 minute spurts if I'm at home and can keep an eye on her but I can't expect the neighbour to have that responsibility.

Anyone had a successful cattery stay?

Toddlerteaplease Sun 29-Jan-17 08:25:26

It looks lovely. Mine have a cat sitter when I'm away because of their background. If they were outdoor cats I'd rather have them in a cattery. My parents cat goes to a cattery and is very happy.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 29-Jan-17 09:23:05

I use a cattery, I like to know where he is at all times. Cats are good at masking pain too but my cattery would notice more than a neighbour would in 15 minutes.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 29-Jan-17 09:40:41

Don't forget that A cattery's business depends on people entrusting them with one of their most precious family members. So they will look after them well.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Jan-17 09:57:50

Do u think theres much difference in the £9 or £16 one?

Vinorosso74 Sun 29-Jan-17 10:17:51

That looks very swish! Our upstairs neighbour used to pop down to feed and sit with our cat. We use a cattery now as she needs insulin injections and it's at the back of our vets so everybody knows her. Plus I know if the cattery staff have any worries they can speak to the vets or nurses. Our vets do pop in to see our cat when she's in. The cattery itself is a lot more basic than that one but I know the staff take good care of her.
Have you been to visit both the £9 and £16 options?

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sun 29-Jan-17 10:19:38

I use a cat sitter as I don't like the idea of Harry in a cattery but, if I ever have to use one, I would definitely look at that one. It's 45 minutes from me so would definitely be doable.

I'd probably book him into the £16 a night deluxe suite - if ever no idea if it's any better but I'd like to think he was having a holiday in a 5 star hotel even if I wasn't!

Toddlerteaplease Sun 29-Jan-17 11:21:35

There's one somewhere in Lincolnshire that has proper human furniture in it.

HunterHearstHelmsley Sun 29-Jan-17 11:22:26

Neighbour. I used a cattery once but never again.

Paris1986 Sun 29-Jan-17 11:29:53

Neighbour pops in if we're away for a night, our cat goes into a cattery for anything longer (we either seem to be away for a night or a 2-week holiday!). Rescued our cat almost three years ago (she's coming up 8) and does extremely well in the cattery. It's linked to her old vet's but since we moved although weve changed vets due to distance, have kept the same cattery as they're brilliant with her. Being linked to a vet's is good so they can spot if anything is wrong and can give her a quick once over straight away if necessary. Touch wood she's never had to be seen by the vet. Is that something that might help persuade you to try a cattery? It all depends on what your cat/neighbour is like, but at only 8 months it might be a good idea to get her used to a cattery environment in case she ever needs to stay in one in the future, if nothing else.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 29-Jan-17 15:56:59

Omg you can choose which channel Tv your cat watches!! gringrin

OlennasWimple Sun 29-Jan-17 16:02:35

We do neighbours for a short holiday but anything over 5/6 days is a cattery. Partly because we don't want to impose on our neighbour or make her overly responsible for our cats, but also because one of ours is liable to think that we have abandoned him if we don't come home after a few days and will go out looking for us - so we like knowing that he is contained.

Go and visit the cattery first - a good one will be very happy to show you around and answer any questions. Then you can also look at the difference between the regular and the deluxe accomodation smile

AverysillyoldHector Sun 29-Jan-17 16:04:57

I'd choose a cattery for more than a weekend. Mainly in case the cat is taken ill and they can be given treatment without delay.

£16 + VAT + £2 insurance seems expensive for a single cat, however luxurious it might be. Ours is £9 for one cat for everything and is really lovely, plenty of space and lots of being played with.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Jan-17 16:24:47

Yes i dont know whether to pay the top price as its her first time she is mainly a flat cat so it will be lovely for her to feel soil on her feet. I cant go and see it because im wirking right until i go but i trust the nurses at my vets.

MrsNuckyThompson Sun 29-Jan-17 16:43:50

At that age of cat I'd probably go cattery if you can as it gives you peace of mind. Our cats are now 9 and we avoid cattery if we can. Just when young and silly it is good to know exactly where they are and a week isn't tooo long for them!!

Toddlerteaplease Sun 29-Jan-17 17:02:55

I'd go for the standard pen. The luxury one is nice but the cat really won't care. It's a lot of money extra.

Paris1986 Sun 29-Jan-17 17:09:59

I agree with pp who have said standard is fine. Ours is £10.50 per day (I think!) but by far the nicest we visited and it is in St Albans so not the cheapest part of the country! As long as your cat is well looked after, fed and fresh litter then it's not going to mind (let alone know!) if you're spending £9 or £16, lol.

TheCakes Sun 29-Jan-17 22:40:21

If she mostly stays inside I'd get a cat sitter to come in and play with her at home.

TheCakes Sun 29-Jan-17 22:40:48

Ours sends me pics of him playing on Whatsapp!

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Jan-17 23:38:23

I doubt someone will come round just to play with her and it involves giving keys to strangers I don't think I can do that

RamblinRosie Mon 30-Jan-17 00:35:54

I prefer to leave my cats in their home, they seem happier.

It's also a great way to develop friendships with neighbors, we have a four way caring arrangement. Cats are always cared for, post is taken in , house is monitored. Suddenly, we're friends, not just neighbors.

TheCakes Mon 30-Jan-17 21:19:30

Ours does. She stays for about 40 minutes, puts his food out, changes his litter, plays with him, opens/closes the blinds and turns lights on and off so the place doesn't look empty. She loves him! Worth paying her to take good care of him.

EachandEveryone Tue 31-Jan-17 16:55:09

You were all right abput the cheap rooms. I spoketo the owner and she suggested them without even selling me the others. They said because shes young and its her first time they can keep a closer eye on her. She wont be able to go out side but thet have along corridor with fresh air that they take turns to play in. She will have a window as well. Does ot sound ok? They only offer whiskas, felix, iams, sheba or something science shall i take my own grain free or is that being precious?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 31-Jan-17 16:57:58

It sounds fine. I always provide my own food for ours.

EachandEveryone Tue 31-Jan-17 17:12:41

I know what you mean she said she could always go to pets at home and get some bless her

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