The majority of cats including “first-timers” will settle in with no trouble at all. But all cats are different, and while some will relax within the first few hours, other more nervous guests may take a little longer. We will do everything we can to help them feel comfortable as quickly as possible.
To do this we try to find out as much information as we can about your cat: food preferences, favourite games, likes and dislikes, routines, character etc.. It all helps us towards making it feel happy and at home while you’re away.
We also encourage you to bring along some of their belongings from home as they carry familiar scents. Bring along their favourite blanket, bed or even one of your worn t-shirts or jumpers, and perhaps their favourite toy.
We also use Feliway (feline pheromones) within the cattery which can help reduce stress levels if you have a nervous cat.
Some cats can suffer from a loss of appetite when they are stressed and as a result don’t eat or eat very little in the first couple of days. If their usual brand of cat food does not get them eating, then we always have lots of tasty things to entice them: we cooking up some chicken breast or fish filet, or perhaps try some tuna in spring water. Once they have their appetite back the ice is normally broken and they’re fine after that.