More Cat Care Information:
If you are planning a vacation or need to travel for some other reason then catteries are the most suitable option to keep your cat at while you are away. In the following sections let us look at common facilities that are available in these catteries, requirements they should meet and your responsibilities.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
Facilities Available at Catteries
Facilities provided by some of the leading catteries in Surrey like the Star Boarding Kennels include the following:
- Open aspect rooms which have individual thermostatic heating.
- Chauffeur service for bringing the cats to and from the cattery.
- Exciting scratch posts, play tunnels and different toys to let your cats have some fun.
- Separate space for each cat with good sized sleeping area along with running area.
- There are normally solid sneeze barriers of full height for preventing contact between cats.
Essential requirements that a cattery should meet
a. Many of the catteries in Surrey have outdoor as well as indoor areas to let the cats play around. You need to check if your local cattery also has such facility.
b. Cattery should be such that there is enough ventilation to prevent spread of any air borne diseases among the cats.
c. Ideally the cattery should have fully functional smoke alarm as well as heat censor.
d. Feeding bowls and litter trays should be clean and there should be overall cleanliness inside the cattery.
e. Some catteries in Surrey may charge extra for grooming cats with long hairs or for administering medication, so it is always better to ask beforehand.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Licensed catteries in Surrey would require you to have updated vaccination card signed by your vet that shows vaccination done for cat enteritis and flu. If such vaccination is not updated then your cat is prone to getting diseases from others and catteries will not accept your cat.
You also need to get the vaccination at least 5 weeks prior to leaving your cat at the cattery so that the vaccines have enough time to take effect. After you complete the initial vaccination, booster vaccination is required on annual basis and should be completed 1 week before boarding a cattery.
Your Responsibilities as Pet Owner
As an owner you have several responsibilities and catteries in Surrey will expect you to provide some details to them like:
- Feeding: You will have to make the cattery aware of any particular dietary needs yours cats have so that the cattery can follow the schedule as needed.
- Medication: Catteries in Surrey will expect you to inform them beforehand about any medical problems your cat has or some medication that will be necessary to give while the cat is at the cattery.
- FIV Positive: The FIV virus does not get transmitted through feeding or other equipment but it will be your responsibility to inform them in case your cat is FIV Positive so that authorities can keep an eye for any symptoms of ill-health and take necessary action.
- Other Issues: It will also be your responsibility to inform staff at the cattery in case cat suffers from disabilities like illness or blindness and in case it is pregnant.
A Final Note
Finally we can say that good catteries with their experienced and trained staff such as Star Boarding Kennels will ensure that your cat has a good time while you are away. You can also bring in your cat's favorite toys, bedding, and jumper or blanket so that the cat gets all the familiar smells that are present in the home.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|