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Cattery - are these warning signs?

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Jennyfi Thu 20-Jun-19 21:17:59

We put our 10-month kitten in a cattery for three days a little while ago. It seems a nice place, they obey strict hygiene rules (no visitors around the chalets), have sneeze guards, send pics of him to us during his stay etc.

We're considering putting him back in there over Christmas, when we're away for 3 weeks. However, I'm bothered about two things:
1) the chalets are really small - like, the size of a toilet cubicle, and have no outdoor area. He's a super active cat; will he mind being cooped up in such a tiny place?
2) when we brought him back last time he peed in his carrier. He's never done that before or since (even coming back from the vet), and I don't know if it was just because he needed to go, or because he was stressed from the cattery.

What do you think? Am I just being a helicopter cat-owner, or should we look into other catteries for Christmas?

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Catalicious Thu 20-Jun-19 21:21:46

Sounds really, really small for 3 weeks.

Would a cat sitter be an option?

Jennyfi Thu 20-Jun-19 21:27:20

A cat sitter might be a better idea, but I'm super paranoid about somebody being in our house while we're away.

Is there such a thing as a cat sitter who'd look after him in her own home? He's stayed with friends of ours over a weekend and loved it - he isn't territorial at all and doesn't mind new places.

I was surprised how tiny the chalets were when I saw them. There's no room for him to run or jump, but everything else looked like it was done completely by the book.

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Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Jun-19 21:38:31

Are there any cat hotels near by? One near me has lovely big pens with a corridor they can open up to get some fresh air in.

TixieLix Thu 20-Jun-19 21:44:36

The chalets are generally quite small, usually with an upper and lower section. Have a look about because some places do have connected outdoor (caged) areas to their pens.

We've put our cat in a cattery several times and the last time she also peed herself in her carrier on the way home. I think she was just busting to go (not used to a litter tray as she goes in the garden).

Pipandmum Thu 20-Jun-19 21:46:36

I’d keep looking.

dementedpixie Thu 20-Jun-19 21:50:38

I use a cat sitter that comes in twice a day. I know her through my sister so she isn't a stranger. I also like the idea that someone is checking on the house each day too

Bebe03 Thu 20-Jun-19 21:58:09

Hi op download the app pawshake. We use it to pay somebody to come in and feed the cats.
She is excellent & the cats are so happy to remain in their home when we are away! Feeders are reviewed so you can go off their reputation it's so much better than moving them xx

Vinorosso74 Thu 20-Jun-19 22:03:50

Personally I wouldn't worry about the outside space but for 3 weeks I'd look for somewhere with more space for him if he's an active young cat.
I felt guilty leaving ours in the cattery at our vets as there isn't loads of space but they are very caring. Was perfect with old cat as I liked the fact the vets were there if needed (actually our vet liked to see her). We have had our neighbour pop in on him and cat sitter who works at the cattery visit him too as we're trying a few things out.

FogCutter Thu 20-Jun-19 22:15:35

I'd definitely choose somewhere with more space for the cat. Those pens sound v small.

sweetkitty Thu 20-Jun-19 22:22:30

A professional cat sitter is great, your also getting the peace of mind of someone popping in everyday whilst your away. We’ve used them in the past with no problems. I’ve now got a friend and we book our holidays around each other so we can look after each other’s pets.

Toddlerteaplease Fri 21-Jun-19 00:13:19

The cattery I use has really large pens. I don't think any have outside space. But some have views of the ducks, chickens and horses. My two gave an indoor chalet as the wildlife freaked them out!

Toddlerteaplease Fri 21-Jun-19 00:13:48

I use a cat sitter but prefer them to be in the cattery for more than one night away.

usernameuser Fri 21-Jun-19 00:16:15

Ok for 3 days but not 3 weeks

BlueSkiesLies Fri 21-Jun-19 11:08:50

I would 100% keep the cat at home and get a live-in cat sitter.

HuggedTheRedwoods Fri 21-Jun-19 17:19:53

It sounds too small a space if they dont have an additional outdoor area and it doesn't read like there are higher up climbing ledges either.

I assume the cubicle space also has to house his food bowls and litter tray? That would mean them being pretty close together which most cats wouldn't like. Is there even enough space for his toys/scratch post/stuff from home?

Also, the rule about visitors not being allowed near the chalets would be a question mark for me, every cattery I've ever checked out has been more than happy for visitors/potential customers to turn up and have a look around.

From what you've said it doesnt sound very nice really, I'd be looking elsewhere for him especially with a longer trip in the offing.

IJumpedAboardAPirateShip Sat 22-Jun-19 05:42:02

We usually have a friend come and stay when we’re away for more than 2 nights, is that an option rather than a stranger to cat sit?

ExsandOhOhOhs Sat 22-Jun-19 05:47:25

Keep looking.

ExsandOhOhOhs Sat 22-Jun-19 05:49:20

Are you going abroad?

If not, why not look at some on your route. It doesnt have to be near home. You can find one in the area you are staying in.

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