Fram & Sax News and Cat Care May 2019
01 May 2019
Our first fundraising event of the year at Pets at Home, Martlesham was a success and it was lovely to meet many people who had adopted cats from us in the past, some cats now having reached a ripe old age and still doing well! In various ways, kind people expressed their support for the work we do for the cats and kittens in our care, and many also became more aware of our never-ending work with ferals, our neutering campaigns and how we help with cat welfare.
Date for your diary: Please come along to see and support us at the RSPCA Fun-Day at Mill Lane, Martlesham on Sunday, 26 May 2019.
Cat Advice:Holidays and your cat: Home or away? Booking your holiday is exciting, but don't forget about your cat! Whilst you're enjoying your long-awaited break, it is important that your cat is safe and content whist you are away.
Cat sitters: All cats differ, but those who enjoy their home comforts or who have a nervous disposition are likely to prefer staying where they feel secure - at home. In these circumstances, a reliable home sitter is probably the best option for your feline friend. If you are lucky enough to have trusted family, friends or neighbours who are happy to care for your feline friend, your cat can continue to enjoy their home surroundings. Alternatively, pet sitting services can be booked to take care of your cat while you are away. For recommendations, try asking other cat-lovers in the area for the pet-sitting businesses they trust.
Choosing a cattery: For cats who are comfortable with being away from home and in the company of strangers, catteries are a great alternative - but be sure to choose carefully. Always check that the cattery is licensed with the local authority and ask to see the licence. In preparation, ensure that your cat's vaccinations are up to date and that you book well in advance.
Cats Protection recommends that you inspect a cattery before you make a decision. There should be double doors or a 'safety corridor' to prevent escape artists from disappearing. Cats should be kept separately and shouldn't have direct contact with other cats; there should be space between the pens so cats can't go nose-to-nose with each other. Do pens have some form of heating, are they insulated and easily cleanable? Food and water bowls and litter trays should be clean and tidy. Importantly, you should be asked to show evidence that your cat's vaccinations are up-to-date. Lastly, make sure that the cattery is comfortable to administer any ongoing medication or special food your cat may need.
It may also be a good idea to ask about bringing familiar food, cat litter and a comforting item that smells of home with your cat. It can greatly help your cat settle in to their temporary environment. Getting your cat used to these 'holidays' from an early age, is advisable and reduces possible stress.