A Guide To Breeding & Boarding Catteries

Catteries are boarding establishments where pet cats are cared for by professionals. The establishments are categorised into two: breeding catteries where cats are bred for commercial or recreational purposes and boarding catteries where they are hosted upon the owner’s request. Catteries are used by cat owners when they are unable to look after their pets. Therefore, cat owners often consider catteries when they travel, when they are gravely ill or hospitalised, if their home is undergoing construction, and when they moving, among other reasons, that prevents them from personally caring for their cats. Pet owners look for facilities that provide quality care for their animals.

For cat lovers who are looking for establishments to admit their cats, the first aspect to consider is the legitimacy of the establishment. A good cattery should be legally registered and licensed under the local authority. Legitimacy is an assurance that the boarding house has undergone the required inspection and that it’s running has been approved. A licensed cattery runs under the set safety and hygiene regulations and this is an assurance of security and health of the pet and the validity of the business and its staff.

Secondly, a cat owner should consider the available space. A good cattery is spacious, well ventilated, clean, well-equipped with facility and personnel, and has a manageable number of cats. All these characteristics promote quality care of the animal and ensures that the needs of cat are met appropriately. The cat can rest, feed, receive treatment and exercise comfortably in such a setting. In addition, there should isolation spaces and precaution measures for animals with diseases to prevent healthy cats from getting infected or other potential harm. Therefore, another quality to consider is the emergency response set up. A good cattery is always prepared to respond to emergencies and to protect the pets from potential harm such as, security concerns or fire. A record of all its occupants, their conditions and progress over time is a good start.

Another aspect cat owners can consider while choosing a cattery is the services provided.  Apart from adequate space and basic care, a good cattery should provide additional a services that are essential in a cat’s quality of life. The services may include grooming, training, bathing, vaccination and veterinary services. In the same light, an individual should consider what other animals are housed within the same facility and how they have been separated from one another. Cats require comfort, hiding, walking and playing spaces and isolation from dogs. It is crucial to look for a cattery that provides all round care for the comfort of your pet.

Lastly, one should consider the rates of the facility by other users. A good rating indicates that the facility is popular and has been effective for other cat lovers. Consider its affordability and accessibility and pay a visit before admitting your cat. Consider its terms and conditions and the regulations for cat owners about visitation and what special or individual items are allowed in the facility.

Why cats dont like water?

It is common knowledge that cats do not like water. When they get wet, they feel threatened, powerless, and have no control over themselves.

First of all, this is due to genetic predisposition. Even big cats like lions or leopards do not like water because predators like crocodiles lurk out of the water, so smart cats stay away from danger.

However, most domestic cats like to play with water. These include dipping your paws into the water, spraying, and some will even put your head under the tap when the heat is high. Still, there is a big difference between wetting your paw and head, and moisturizing your whole body.

They feel threatened

When a cat’s fur is completely wet, the cat loses its agility and thus feels threatened. Cats do not feel trapped. Although their upper layer has a lower resistance to water, it is not enough.

Cats have a great flair

While cats, on the one hand, enjoy splashing around on bars while outside, they have a great aversion to tap water. According to experts, cats can detect which water is natural, such as that in the natural environment, infectious with water that contains many chemical elements, such as that of the tap. The smell of tap water is repulsive, which is one of the reasons why they do not want to bathe.

Unknown territory

Cats in the wild can choose whether to dive into the lake or bar or “bathe” in the rain. However, throwing a domesticated cat in a tub full of water will be a great shock to her, as they do not like such surprises.

Cats like to play with water, not to bathe

Although water is not a natural cat environment, most domestic cats are curious, so you will often find them playing with water from a sink or tub. Some will even put their heads under the tap. But there is a difference between dipping only the head and paws, from immersing them completely, especially when it is against their will.

One theory is that when a cat gets wet, its hair becomes heavier and colder, which makes the cat uncomfortable. Also, hair drying can take a long time, which can further irritate cats.

Some species enjoy the water, breeds like Maine Coon, Bengal, Abyssinian, or Turkish van have no problems with water. They have a different hair texture, which makes them more water-resistant because they do not experience discomfort and enjoy swimming.

How to bathe your cat?

Unlike dogs, cats almost don’t have to bathe because they clean themselves.

But, if it is especially dirty, you must confront it with your biggest enemy – water. It is best to moisten the towel with lukewarm water and wipe the cat. Finally, wipe it with a soft and dry towel, or dry with a hairdryer.

If a more thorough wash is required, insert the cat into the tub or washbasin with lukewarm water and slowly leave it wet until it becomes accustomed to being in the water. If your cat can handle this well, spray it with water and rub with cat shampoo. Finally, rinse the shampoo so that it does not irritate the skin.