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Vaccinations & Flea/Worming Treatments


Before coming to the cattery always check your cat’s vaccination certificate to make sure it is up to date and has been signed by a vet.  Your cat does not need to have been vaccinated against Leukaemia to come to the cattery although most vets will advise this as an additional protection for your pet.  If unsure about your cat's vaccinations please contact your vet who will be able to advise whether they are up to date.  Cats that have not been vaccinated will need to start a new course consisting of 2 injections 3-4 weeks apart.  Protecting your cat against fleas and worms with a suitable spot-on or tablet is highly recommended before their visit.  We are happy to give your cat its flea or worming treatments if the regular dose lands during their stay but the owner must provide these.  You do not need to bring any details regarding your cat's insurance whilst in our care as they are covered under our own policy (excluding pre-existing conditions).  Please note that ideally all cats over 6 months old should be neutered before coming into the cattery.

 

Bedding

Here at Brankley Cattery we can provide your cat with a bed and all the blankets they will need during their stay with us.  Alternatively, if you prefer to bring your cat's own bedding you’re more than welcome to do so.  If it’s your cat's first stay with us, something with a familiar smell may help them to settle down quicker. Please be aware that all belongings deposited at the cattery are left at the owners own risk.

 


Cat Carriers


Cat carriers are an owner’s worst enemy and our most asked about problem.  First of all, try to get the carrier out well in advance of the day you need it as this will give your cat time to adjust to its presence.  If the cat is not suspicious of the carrier it will help you when the time comes.  There is no right or wrong way of getting a cat into its box, however if you’re struggling you may find it easier to tip the carrier on its end and lower the cat in whilst holding the front and back paws to stop them sprawling.  Another way is to have a family member hold the carrier with the door open in mid-air, whilst you face your cat towards the box holding both their front paws (to stop them grabbing the edges of the carrier door) and carefully put them in.  Speed is essential and the most important factor of all of these techniques - the more times you try and the longer you fret about doing it the more stressed and frightened the cat will get.

 

Food

We stock a wide range of the most popular cat foods available for you to choose from, please see our 'prices' section for the list.  Owners must provide prescription diet foods as we cannot order these in.  For your peace of mind, if your cat is on a strict set amount of dry food you may find it easier to bag portions up beforehand.  If your cat has any known food allergies or flavours they just don't like, please tell us on arrival at the cattery.

Medication

Owners are wholly responsible for bringing enough medication for their cat's stay.  We cannot collect prescriptions on behalf of customers whilst their cat is in our care.  If you have a tried and tested method of administering your cat's medication (for example treats, pill-giver, etc) please bring these along with you to enable us to maintain your cat's familiar routine.  On arrival, thoroughly go through your cat's medication with us, including the dosage required.

 

Hints & Tips

We do NOT recommend that you let your cat out on the morning of the stay.  Cats pick up on changes and will likely hide out all morning if they become suspicious.  If your cat does not travel well, try covering the carrier with a towel or blanket.  A lot of cats prefer to be in a dark and enclosed space.  Some cats are prone to having an accident during travelling - puppy pads are a fantastic way of catching any spills and are inexpensive and easy to dispose of.  Many people have had success in using calming sprays which are readily available from pet stores.