Yet despite this, they still require the human touch to ensure they stay safe, warm and fed. So what happens if you have to go away for a long period of time? There are many options available to you, from having a trusted person visit your home on a daily basis to feed and check on the cat, to booking them in to a local cattery where their needs can be fully met.
Catteries are a growing industry and their popularity is on the rise.
The growing industry of Catteries
1. No neighbours that you trust
In today’s modern world of frequent house moves and densely populated areas, it isn’t uncommon for people not to know their neighbours Whereas twenty years ago you may have been comfortably having Betty-from-next-door pop in to look after your cats whilst you were away, nowadays that friendly neighbourhood atmosphere has sadly gone.
2. Longer working hours and commutes
Many people feel that they can’t ask friends or family members to look after their cats as it would be too much of an inconvenience for them. This is usually due to long working hours and commutes.
3. Greater selection of catteries
The growing popularity of catteries has led to more being set up across the country, so there are now more to choose from! The more catteries that become available, the less distance you might have to travel to get to one, which makes them a more attainable pet-care option.
4. Improved facilities
It’s not uncommon these days for catteries to have a range of different facilities and activities for your feline friend to enjoy during their stay. These include outside areas to roam about in, dedicated play-rooms and even one-to-one cuddles with the staff in a home-style environment. If the thought of leaving your cat for a week or two is playing at your conscience, look for a cattery with these extras. It may be pricier than the more basic options, but your cat will have a truly pampered stay!
5. Positive online reviews
One of the biggest barriers to people using a cattery for the first time is that they aren’t sure if they can trust the company with their beloved pet. Many catteries have Facebook pages that allow customers to post reviews of their experiences. New customers can check these to gain confidence and trust in the quality of the cattery they are interested in.
Have you ever booked your cat into a cattery? If so, how did you find the experience? Do you prefer booking a cattery to having friends, family or neighbours look after your cat? Let us know in the comments below!