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Catteries & Cats Health

Catteries? – Why Keep Cats at Home instead of using a Cattery

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Why? Because

Most cats really hate catteries!

Is it because catteries are horrible places? Is it because cattery owners are uncaring? Is it because they don’t like cattery food?

The answer is “none of the above”.

There are some really caring cattery owners and some catteries have quite modern pens.
So why do cats really hate catteries?

The answer is pure and simply that cats are territorial animals. By this we mean, over many thousands of years, cats have been genetically predisposed to be solitary animals and to reign over a large territory (unlike dogs which are basically “pack” animals).

This explains much of a modern cat’s behaviour, for example, even though cats can be sociable, they spend a great deal of time alone because they are basically solitary animals. They wander over large distances across the neighbourhood since in the wild they need a certain minimum size of territory to supply an adequate amount of prey.
They will fight other cats to defend their territory and with that, their food supply.

Of course, thanks to very caring and doting owners, in modern times, domesticated cats do not have to hunt prey in order to eat, yet many cats will hunt prey, but why?

Because, as already stated, they are genetically predisposed to do certain things, including hunting prey (even though these days, they don’t really need to).

What does a cat’s territory mean to a cat?

In a word – EVERYTHING!

A cat’s home environment and the immediate surrounding area is “marked” by the cat so when most cats are forcibly taken away from their familiar home environment (their central territory), they will become stressed, unhappy, sometimes stop eating and are quite unable to adjust to their new surroundings. It’s not so much the fact that they don’t want to be taken to a cattery, it is more to do with the fact that they do not want to be taken anywhere away from their home territory.

So it is simply common sense and far better to care for a cat in its own home rather than take it somewhere else to be cared for.  Why would anyone want their cat to be stressed and unhappy when it could be calm, relaxed and contented?

So let’s not blame cattery owners for supplying what is, in effect, an inappropriate service – after all, they are only supplying a service that a proportion of cat owners (mistakenly) believe is required.

So when you plan your holiday, why not get Safe and Hound to look after your happy cats in their favourite place, at home!

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