Cattery Construction – Materials Comparison

Cattery Construction

Below is a table comparing cattery construction materials used by different cattery manufacturers. Use the table to examine the different types of materials used in cattery construction. In a modern cattery there is a real need for safe, warm, hygienic, secure facilities and you will see from the table below that some materials are more suited to cattery construction than others.

Material
Advantages
Disadvantages

1. PVCu

* Impervious

* Hygienic

* Long Lasting

* Durable

* Self-extinguishing

* Smooth wipe-clean surafces

* Proven track record

* None Known

2. Timber

* Natural in appearance

* Cheap

* Needs regular treatment

* Difficult to clean

* Decays rapidly

* Porous

* Combustible

3. Polypropylene

* Light-weight

* Cheap

* Durable

* Rather soft and scratches easily which makes it prone to stain absorbtion

* Twists and warps with temperature fluctuations

* Brittle at low temperatures

* Looks cheap

* UV degredation

* Poor weathering resistance

* Flammable

* Difficult to bond and paint

* Oxidizes readily

4. Metals

(Box steel / Aluminium)

* Impervious

* Cheap

* Clean

* Cold and uninviting

* Reverberates noise – may distress animals

* Powder coating/paint finishes prone to staining

5. Perspex

* Cheap

* Hygienic

* Scratches easily

* Usually not UV stable

* Becomes brittle

* Discolours over time

6. Glass

Use only laminated or toughened

* Impervious

* Hygienic

* Easy to clean

* Long lasting

* Efficient ventilation essential to prevent heat build-up

7. Polycarbonate

Use only heat-reflective with a minimum of 3-walls (layers)

* UV stable

* Hygienic

* Durable

* Light-weight

* Transluscent

* Fairly expensive