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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hiya All

Just wondereing if anyone has had any experiences with catteries??? What would you guys expect from a cattery?

I am having to put Dylan in one for a week over Xmas while we travel all over UK visiting family Doesn't want to but it has to be done...

I have found this place near us www.dalkeithcattery.co.uk (please feel free to take a look and give me your opinions. I am going to take lots of things from home too to make the indoor pen he has a bit more homely.

The lady I spoke to on phone sounded sooo nice and really friendly. Kinda one of those people you like/trust the minute you speakto/meet them.

Prices aren't as bad as I had imagined either... £6 a day - would have cost me double that for one day if I had a cat/house sitter. I don't care about the house - not mine

So any reassurance/advice about putting cats into a cattery would be much appreciated.

Hayley x x
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Hi Hayley. I don't have any cattery advice for you because we've never used one. But, as you can see from my "Road Trip with Kitty" post, I'm also having concerns about what to do with Skeeter while we are on holiday for X-mas. May I ask, how did you decide on taking Dylan to a cattery rather than hiring a sitter? Perhaps we'll take Skeeter to a cattery, too. I'm going to keep an eye on this post! I hope everything turns out well.
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I think it looks great, very homey, and they sound like they know what they're doing! I'd trust my baby with them (not to mention, if anything were to happen, they'd pick up on it faster than a sitter, who's only there a few times a day)
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 07:57 PM
 
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omg this is a cat palace!!! it looks great and I wouldn't hesistate for a minute about bringing my cat there.

is the price reasonable? how much is it in american dollars?
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I agree it looks like a beautiful place. Would you be able to tour before booking a reservation? That would give you a really good idea if it the type of place you are looking for.
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wow it look like a very nice place Maybe to give you more peace see if they have recomendations from people you could call who have boarded their cats there??
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Ok answers to questions...

minerva88 - it's about $10 a day in US currency - a cat sitter to stay here would cost me $20

lolakitty23 - I don't like the idea of a sitter coming in just for a hour or two a day - I'd prefer Dylan to be around people rather than think he has been abandoned. He is still young at 6 months old. If someone was to be here it's have to be for long periods during the day. Where we live isn't the nicest of places too and if we were to get broken into while we were away I do not even want to think of them stealing Dylan or hurting him or anything.

Also as I said above - a cat sitter works alone... If anything happens to them, or something bad happens in their life they aren't going to think twice about my cat - at least catteries have staff members hired.

Lori - I asked and she said she unfortunately had a lot of time wasters who would look around for ages then decide not to book so she gave me a web address and said to check that out first. I think she wants me to be more or less ready to book if I go see the place which is fair enough. As a first time user to I have to leave a deposit as many people in the past have booked in there then tried to get a friend or someone else to look after cat. I'm absolutely fine with this... I may give her a call this evening to view and/or book.
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lolakitty23 - I don't like the idea of a sitter coming in just for a hour or two a day - I'd prefer Dylan to be around people rather than think he has been abandoned. He is still young at 6 months old. If someone was to be here it's have to be for long periods during the day. Where we live isn't the nicest of places too and if we were to get broken into while we were away I do not even want to think of them stealing Dylan or hurting him or anything.
Also as I said above - a cat sitter works alone... If anything happens to them, or something bad happens in their life they aren't going to think twice about my cat - at least catteries have staff members hired.
What you said above (I'd prefer Dylan to be around people rather than think he has been abandoned. He is still young at 6 months old.) is exactly why we are having such a tough time with deciding on what to do for Skeeter when we have to go out of town. Our little one is only 5 months old right now, and I'd feel terrible if he felt like he were abandoned. And I read that you shouldn't leave a kitten alone for more than 8 hours at a time. So, hiring a pet sitter would leave me wondering all the time: have they fed him yet? Did they give him two fifteen-minute play sessions today? How does he feel in the house alone? Did they leave the stereo on for him? UGH! It would drive me crazy!
Thanks to your post, we have been entertaining the idea of a cattery and will call around this week to check out the few we know of in our little town. Our vet actually has a whole area of the building devoted to a cattery...it looks so cool. So, that would be our first pick. We always see little kitties in there who look like they are having so much fun!
Thank you for replying to my questions.
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Well Dylan's booked in 21-28th December I hope he'll enjoy it and be ok...
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