Holiday season is just around the corner but going away can be a bitter-sweet experience for both cats and their owners. I know I would love to take my cat with me wherever I go, however cats and camping just don’t get along.
You could get a pet-sitter to look after your feline at home but in the festive season, these can be pricey and hard to come by. How about sending your cat on it’s own luxury get-away where your cat will be waited on hand and paw- just like they like it?
MUCA has sniffed out five of the most opulent cattery’s in the country that will make your cat’s holiday memories the envy of the street.
The Cat Hotel in Linden
Running water, plenty lush scenery, birdlife to watch and places to explore, The Cat Hotel will make your cat feel like a VIC (Very Important Cat). This five-star cattery features three different villa’s to choose from, depending on your cat’s preferences: The Standard Villas (although far from standard), the Superior Villas and the purr-worthy Deluxe Villas. The Cat Hotel caters for both indoor and outdoor cats. Each villa comes equipped with a heated panel, cosy blankets and baskets to curl up in. The Superior Villas are ideal for cat families or cats who prefer some extra space to flex their claws.
The Deluxe Villas are one of the most popular suite to book. These spacious villas feature a noteworthy hide-away loft, garden jungle to explore and more places to perch than your cat can imagine! The luxury of The Cat Hotel has gained it’s feline resort plenty of media attention. At The Cat Hotel, every cat is treated like a celepurr-ty and your precious moggy may even feature as the hotel’s Cat of The Week!
Cozy Catz Hotel
The Cozy Catz Hotel is individual attention at it’s finest! This comfortable cattery is a ‘home away from home’ for your cat. Space is limited at each branch which ensures your cat both privacy and personal attention. The Cozy Catz Hotel is ran and owned by mum-daughter team, Julie and Melody who both have years of professional experience working with pets. The Cozy Catz Hotel provides round-the-clock monitoring to tend to your feline’s every meow.
Each private room has multiple levels for cats to climb and get cosy. Each room also features an en-suite private garden for your cat to enjoy the sunshine on their fur while watching the local butterflies and bees. For when things get chilly, a heated panel is installed in every room. While you are away, Julie and Melody send regular photos and updates so that you won’t miss out on your kitty’s holiday antics- how cute is that?
Fila and Floyd
Fila And Floyd is a trendy boutique cattery situated in the beautiful suburb of Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria. Owner and pet-lover, Tanya Eksteen always wished to turn her passion for working with animals into a full-time career. Tanya saw her dream turn to reality when Fila and Floyd welcomed their first guest in March 2016. Fila and Floyd offers nine multi-level chalets to book so space is limited. Each chalet has its own greenery and opens up into a tranquil indoor garden that’s open for a stroll during the day. Every room is equipped with a natural scratching post and even a hidden drawer to cuddle up in! Fila and Floyd’s focus is five-star treatment, luxury and the little things that go a long way. Each chalet can hold up to three members of the same feline family so your cats’ won’t need to be separated. Fila and Floyd also offer a pet-sitting service for cats (or dogs) who prefer to stay at home during the holidays.
Withycombe Boutique Boarding
Withycombe Boutique for the discerning feline has been offering professional boarding for cats since 2005. The Withycombe cattery has a ‘no dogs on the property’ policy and is strictly on standard with the UK’s Feline Advice Bureau (now International Cat Care) Cattery Boarding Manual. Here at the Withycombe Boutique, the cat is king.
There are eleven different bungalows to choose from. Each bungalow is secured to prevent any possible escapes and designed with a sneeze-border for hygiene and privacy. Toys, fresh bedding, music and grooming is provided to pamper and entertain the guests. The rooms feature multi-level shelves and a scratching post for enjoyment. Guests will be kept warm in Winter with heated panels while the gentle breeze of fans will keep kitty cool in Summer. Withycombe Boutique is owned and ran by Tracey whose life has revolved around pets since she was a child. Tracey offers years of experience working in veterinary practices, vet shops and animal welfare. She has also completed Cat Health & Welfare by FAB and COAPE to ensure your cat is in exceptionally capable hands.
Catopia is all about fun, play and lots of love. This highly recommended cattery offers exclusively indoor and semi-outdoor accomodation. At Catopia, there are 19 rooms available to book: 15 indoor rooms and 4 semi-outdoor wood cabins. The wood cabins are cosy, yet spacious and have their own veranda’s for sun bathing during the day. You can also take advantage of the double rooms and discounts available for larger cat families. Catopia’s main attraction has got to be the enclosed cat playground. Here your cat can stretch out, blow off some steam, play with the many toys on offer or just laze about. Catopia’s airconditioned rooms ensures the temperature is always just right for your kitty. A stay at Catopia includes Royal Canine meals and a special treat to be gobbled with every breakfast.
Tips for choosing a cattery:
- The good ones are always taken: Don’t leave your cat’s holiday plans to the last moment as the better places will be booked well in advance, especially during the holiday seasons.
- Meet and greet: Always arrange a visit to your potential cattery to meet the owners and scrutinize the place where your cat will be staying. Take a look around and observe the overall cleanliness and happiness of the guests and accommodation.
- Consider your cat: Most often, outdoor or indoor options are available. Consider your cat’s preference and how long your cat will be staying. Guests who are staying for a longer time may prefer an outdoor area to enjoy.
- Ask and ask some more: Don’t be hesitant to ask any questions or address any concerns that you may have. The cattery manager should be friendly, open and more than willing to help.
- Sharing is not always caring: Be sure to choose a cattery that does not allow mixing from different cat families. Contact between neighbouring cats should be restricted.
- Discuss any special dietary requirements, if medication is to be administered and any existing condition your cat might be suffering from eg. constipation, furballs, urinary problems.
- The cattery should be clean and sterile however it should not smell overwhelmingly like chemicals or cleaning agents.
- Prison Break Protection: In the event that your cat may pull a runner, check that a closed-off escape run is installed or that your cat’s exists are well blocked off.