cattery design

Cattery Design Advice Book | Starting a Cattery

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Did you know ? Pedigree Pens Ltd. are featured in Cattery Design by Leading Kennel and Cattery Designer David Key.

Cattery Design

His book contains step-by-step cattery building guidance and advice on plans, construction, materials, equipment and all aspects of your design. This book is a complete reference guide and takes you through all the options you need to think about before building or updating your cattery.

It features advice from cat welfare experts, Dr. Irene Rochlitz and Nadine Gourkow. It also features fascinating case studies from successful boarding catteries, and world renowned charities such as Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Feline Advisory Bureau, RSPCA and Wood Green Animal Shelters.

This essential guide is an easy to read, encouraging and inspirational overview of cattery systems, equipment and materials. It contains step-by-step guidance for creating the perfect cattery with real life case studies. This book will help you understand how catteries can be improved with cat welfare knowledge.

It also contains some 400 large colour photographs, many of which are full or double-page spreads showing lots of detail.

From Amazon: “How many of us dream about changing our lives, starting our own business, working from home in a beautiful countryside location, spending more time with our beloved pets, and making a difference to the lives of cats and their owners? You probably already have a multi-cat household, but whether you have always dreamed about working with cats, have just realised that this is what you want to do with your life, are already lucky enough to be working with cats, or you are just interested in cat welfare (generally or professionally) – you will adore this inspirational book. If creating a cattery is what you dream of, then naturally you will want to provide the best accommodation and care, earn a good living, have fun and love what you do: providing a healthy, safe, loving environment for cats. Whether you are interested in what makes good housing for your own cats, boarding, rescue or breeding – the foundation should be good cat welfare.

As well as looking the part, your cattery must be easy to live in, visit and work with on a daily basis – and this book will provide you with the ideas, practical information, design advice and inspiration to help you create your perfect cattery.”

You can view an excerpt here: Cattery Design Excerpt

If you would like to purchase Cattery Design, you can do so by visiting our Amazon Store.


Telscombe Cattery, East Sussex

How to Find and Choose a Good Boarding Cattery

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No-one likes to leave their cat, but sometimes this can’t be helped.

Print off & use our checklist to help you find the ideal cattery & you can rest, knowing that your cat will be safe & in good hands.

Click the link below to print off our checklist or “right-click” and the hit “Save target as…” to download

Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

A good cattery owner/staff will perfectly understand your concerns & should be happy to answer all your questions to your satisfaction.

How to find a good cattery

  • View boarding catteries with Pedigree Pens facilities
  • Ask friends, colleagues & neighbours for their recommendations
  • Ask your veterinary surgeon
  • Yellow pages – but don’t just choose the nearest, look around!
  • Local newspapers & cat magazines

How to choose a good cattery

You have to visit catteries to really get a feel for the right one for you & your cat.

  • Make an appointment, don’t just turn up and disrupt meal & cleaning times!
  • Ask to look around. If they say ‘no’ – don’t board your cat there.

Health & Safety Checklist:

Is the garden & cattery clean & tidy?
Are the surfaces smooth & safe, with no protruding edges?
There should be no smell
Do the buildings look maintained & cared for?
Is there a security (anti-escape) corridor in front of the runs?
There shouldn’t be a communal area (to avoid disease)
Is there a covered exercise run, light, insulation, heat & a sneeze barrier & ventilation (solid partition to avoid spread of disease) available individually for each unit?
You shouldn’t be allowed to touch the cats or enter an occupied run
Are litter trays clean & water bowls full & is there a separate kitchen?
Did they make you feel welcome & at ease? Could you see the local authority license on display?

Environment & Stress Checklist:

Do the cats look content?
Is there a shelf or shelves for them to sleep/play/look out from?
Is there a scratching post taller than the cats? (so they won’t have to stoop)
There shouldn’t be much noise
Are there toys to play with?
Is there a view to keep them occupied?
Is there a record kept of each cats diet & needs? How is this checked upon?
Does every cat have access to daylight & fresh air?
Do they ask lots of questions about your cat?
(e.g.: name, age, sex, breed, neutered, vaccinated, markings, diet, how many feeds per day, likes & dislikes, coat length, grooming, medical history, medication, your vet’s details, contact whilst you are away)
Do they allow your cat’s own bedding & favourite toys? A jumper you have worn recently? Familiar smells help the cat to settle more easily & is far less stressful

Remember :-

  • book well in advance as good catteries get booked up quickly.
  • you must take your cats vaccination records with you or you will not be able to board your cat

Setting up a Cattery

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Setting up a Cattery: In today’s discerning market we need to provide high quality, hygienic, low maintenance facilities.

This is not only because of customer demands, but also to comply with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Model Licence Regulations (see our CIEH page) and the proposed Animal Welfare Bill.

To this end, we recommend that our boarding catteries are installed as small and exclusive developments (ideally 10 to 35 double size pens) and are focused towards the more discerning cat ownerwho is prepared to pay a premium for quality services.

As a guide, two of our recent installations have opened at £10 and £16 per cat, per day

This strategy is important when setting up a cattery in order to market and establish your business correctly.

Serious direct competition is unlikely to exist, although there is certain to be a boarding cattery within your local area which is likely to be of a much lower standard.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you set up your cattery. Join the 100’s of other successful Pedigree Pens Ltd. customers

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Choosing the Right Cattery

Timber Catteries

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There may always be a demand for timber catteries, mainly due to price considerations.

However, we believe timber is a false economy, as timber is comparatively short-lived and requires regular, expensive & time consuming maintenance, which may involve the use of toxic treatments.

PVCu is non-toxic & requires no maintenance to protect against weather conditions.

PVCu is impervious to known diseases and will help in the fight against the spread of feline infections.

It is for these reasons that we choose to manufacture catteries using PVCu – in the interest of cat welfare.

(Timber catteries infected with ringworm requires drastic action – i.e. the infected housing unit must be totally destroyed by burning).

To this end, we sponsored the CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) to produce a guide for safe, practical & comfortable feline accommodation. This is the standard that your local authority will be measuring your cattery against.

Additionally, some local Environmental Health Departments have introduced a policy of banning the use of exposed timber in any part of a boarding cattery – they realise that we must tackle the spread of feline diseases as a matter of priority. Examples:

  • North Warwickshire Borough Council Animal Boarding Establishments Act which in Condition 5 states: “Exposed wood will not be permitted even if regularly decorated.”
    A representative from their Regulatory Division made this statement in September 2005:“The main reason we have this condition is that we feel that wood, even if regularly decorated, can not be properly cleaned and disinfected and is one way of cross infection between animals.”
  • St Albans City & District Council Licence Conditions which in Condition 6 states: “The use of wood must be avoided on surface structures of accommodation and exercise area interiors of existing accommodation and must not be used for repairs or new accommodation.”
  • Yet another example from a veterinary surgeon who is the licensing officer responsible for five local authorities made this statement in June 2008: “My recommendation is that wood is to be avoided in the construction of boarding catteries. Not only because of disease spreading between the cats, but also on Zoonotic grounds (diseases communicable to humans, for example ringworm and E.coli)”