Cattery near me
You are wondering who can take care of your cat while you’re away from home and are considering a cattery? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
What are catteries?
One of many options available to cat owners who are absent for a few days are catteries which work like hotels for your four legged friends. The principle is simple, drop off your cat in a facility near you before you leave and pick it back up once you have returned. But what looks like the ideal option is not always perfect for cats who are easily stressed by changes to their environment.
Things to consider
What do I have to consider before booking a stay for my cat in a cattery? First, make sure to research the cattery thoroughly and find out if they abide by the latest laws and regulations for animal care facilities. Additionally, they should have a valid security policy in place for accidents, emergencies and escapes.
You should familiarise yourself with the premises before dropping your cat off to make sure that it will feel safe and comfortable. This is especially important for cats who are shy or don’t get along with other pets well. In general, cats tend to have harder times away from home than dogs, so consider carefully if a cattery is the perfect option for your kitty.
Prices for catteries
The prices for catteries can vary depending on several factors such as the length of the stay and the services provided. Some catteries offer basic packages no more expensive than any other pet sitting services. Other facilities are more luxurious and offer special services that can go up to $100 per day. Also take in account that catteries in Sydney or Melbourne might be more expensive than in other areas of Australia.
A cat hotel is a more luxurious type of cattery. As with a cattery, it is a place where you can temporarily leave your cat in your absence. The main difference from a cattery is the level of luxury and added facilities. You can expect more cat-friendly furniture, elaborate play areas and more comfortable sleeping areas. It is also not unheard of that a cat hotel has its own vet on site and even grooming services.
One thing to keep in mind though is that the terms "cattery" and "cat hotel" are often used interchangeably. This means that some places that call themselves a cat hotel might not actually be more luxurious than a normal cattery. It is therefor of vital importance that you check the establishment before you make your decision: just because something is called a cat hotel, does not mean it lives up to your expectations.
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Alternatives to catteries
Sometimes, booking a stay in a cattery near you isn’t possible or the best option. Luckily, there are various alternatives available.
Friends and family
Asking friends or family to take care of your cat during your absence is a great alternative to a cattery. It has the advantage of being cheaper and you wont have to deal with the insecurity that comes with leaving your cat in the hands of a stranger. Your cat will feel even more comfortable if it’s being cared for in its familiar environment. While asking friends is a great solution, it’s not always possible. But don’t worry, this does not mean that a cattery is your only option!
Professional cat sitting services
In recent years more and more companies, such as Holidog, have specialised in professional cat sitting services. By browsing through our extensive database of registered cat sitters near you, you will find the perfect person to keep your cat company during your absence. In contrast to a cattery, your cat can often stay in its familiar environment and wait for your return while being pampered and happy.
Holidog manually selects all of its pet sitters to guarantee a high quality service and to ensure your cat’s safety. We do, however, recommend that owners get in touch with the pet sitter before booking. Make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you trust the pet sitter. Your pet’s safety should always be your number one priority.
You can find out how much a cat sitter will cost by simply browsing our website. Use our search tool by entering your postal code gain acces to a list of cat sitters near you who would be happy to take care of your cat. Select the cat sitter that fits your budget and your expectations by comparing rates and experiences displayed right on their profiles.