As a cat owner, you want to ensure that your furry friend is well taken care of, even when you can't be there with them. That's where catteries come in – they provide a safe and comfortable environment for your cat to stay while you're away. However, finding the right cattery and ensuring your cat's stay is stress-free can be a challenge. Here are some top tips for cat owners to help you find the right cattery for your cat, reduce cat stress during their stay, and how FELIWAY can help.
1. Research the cattery thoroughly
Do your research and read reviews from other cat owners. If you're looking for a luxury cattery or cat hotel, make sure to search specifically for those terms. Consider your budget and compare cattery prices, keeping in mind that more expensive doesn't always mean better. Check out the cattery's website and social media pages to get an idea of their facilities and services. Also, consider visiting a local cattery in person before booking to ensure it meets your standards.
2. Make sure the cattery is licensed and insured
A reputable cattery should be licensed and insured, which gives you peace of mind knowing your cat is in safe hands. Ask for proof of licence and insurance before booking your cat's stay.
3. Check the cattery's vaccination requirements
Ensure your cat is up to date with their vaccinations and check what vaccinations the cattery requires. This is important to prevent the spread of diseases and keep all the cats at the cattery healthy.
4. Pack familiar items for your cat
Bringing familiar items such as your cat's favourite toy or blanket can help ease their stress during their stay. These items provide comfort and familiarity and help your cat feel more at home. If you are already using a FELIWAY Diffuser at home, consider using a cat calming spray like FELIWAY Classic Spray on your cat’s blanket to provide comforting pheromones for your cat so they know the space is safe.
5. Communicate your cat's needs
Make sure to communicate any special needs your cat may have, such as dietary restrictions or medication requirements. This will ensure the cattery staff can provide your cat with the necessary care.
6. New places and environments like a cattery can be stressful for your cat
Cats do not like new environments, they are creatures of habit and spend a lot of time making sure they have a happy home. Ever seen your cat rubbing it’s cheeks against things? That is them leaving comforting pheromone messages and marking the area as safe and secure. FELIWAY Classic Spray provides these natural messages while they are away from home. Ask your cattery to spray your cat’s blanket with this twice daily (leaving it 15 minutes to dry before placing your cat back in their cat hotel room.
7. Support your Cat when you get back home
When you get home you may find that your cat hides, this is a common sign of stress. Although they are now safely back home, your cat has not been around to mark the area as safe and secure.
To help them settle back in, use a FELIWAY Help! Diffuser. This provides comforting messages of safety and security for 7 days while your furry friend settles back in and can start to leave their own messages of happiness!
By following these tips, you can find a reputable cattery and help reduce your cat's stress during their stay. Remember, a little bit of research and preparation can go a long way in ensuring your cat's comfort and happiness while you're away. And don't forget to consider using FELIWAY products to help create a calm and relaxing environment for your feline friend.