What Was the FAB (Feline Advisory Bureau) Cattery Listing Scheme ?

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What Was the FAB (Feline Advisory Bureau) Cattery Listing Scheme ?

The Feline Advisory Bureau (now known as the International Cat Care) was setup in 1958 by a “group of very passionate cat lovers who decided to do something about the dismal lack of information about cat health and welfare.”

This statement pretty much captures the aim of the FAB and from 1958 they set about campaigning for improved cat welfare by educating cat owners, vets, rescue charities and commercial boarding catteries on best practice.

A well known part of the charity was their provision of the FAB Cattery Listing Scheme for commercial boarding catteries in the UK. The idea behind the listing was for the FAB to provide a set of criteria that commercial boarding catteries would be judged upon. If the catteries met the criteria set out by the FAB then they would be given a place on their list and could then advertise their cattery as a ‘FAB Listed Cattery’. This was aimed, two-fold, at helping improve standards of commercial boarding catteries with regards to best practice and raising the standard of accommodation for cats and also to provide cat owners with the assurance that the cattery they choose to board their cat(s) at had met the standards set out by the FAB.

For many years an FAB Listed Cattery was seen as the sign of a good, well run cattery and cat owners would often seek out catteries that had been approved by the FAB. Any cattery owner could apply for a listing but would need to ensure that their cattery met the minimum standards and they would be required to pay a yearly fee amounting to c. £100. Over the years, as the Feline Advisory Bureau developed and grew they began extending their knowledge and education, on cat welfare, throughout the world and as such, re-branded themselves as International Cat Care, in 2010. Part of this re-branding of the FAB involved developing and strengthening certain areas and has allowed them to approach cat welfare concerns holistically and reach more people. Inevitably this meant that other areas were adversely affected. One of those affected was the FAB Cattery Listing Scheme. It was concluded that the Listing Scheme was very labour intensive and that the costs involved in running the scheme would be better spent in other areas. This is what they said on their site regarding the closure of the scheme: International Cat Care – Closure of the FAB Listing Scheme:

“At the FAB* AGM on 16th October 2010, the Chairman announced that the charity trustee directors had made a strategic decision to close the Boarding Cattery Listing Scheme….The Listing Scheme has been labour intensive and the charity has been funding it for many years. More sophisticated accounting mechanisms have enabled the charity to look at apportioning costs in a much more realistic way. “

The historic listings are still available on the International Cat Care website and were due to run until 2014, however they do still have the historic listings live (as of writing this article):

“The List of catteries will continue on the website until 2014 although any current listed catteries that change hands will be removed as there will be no future inspections. However, those who are listed are now self-certified. We still encourage cattery clients to send in their feedback.”

So where does that leave everyone now ?

Well, those that have already been listed still retain a listing on the International Cat Care website, but are now listed as self-certified.

Can a newly built cattery be listed ?

No. As the listing scheme ceased in 2010 there have been no new listings.

Is there any value attached in seeking out an FAB listed cattery ?

Yes and no. By seeking out a cattery that is listed as an ‘FAB listed cattery’ you will be boarding your cat at a cattery that was historically granted a listing by the former FAB. However, as the scheme is no longer supported there will be no guarantee that the cattery still adheres to the same standards for which it was originally listed. This is because no-one from the International Cat Care (formerly the FAB) now inspects and checks catteries for this purpose.

What are the alternatives ?

As it stands there is currently no independent accreditation or standard by which commercial boarding catteries are inspected or judged.

iPAWS (no longer running)logo


Shortly after the FAB closed the listing scheme, iPAWS (which stands for Independent Pet Accommodation Welfare Standard) was being developed in the hope of providing the UK‘s first ever national register of licensed catteries and kennels with information on whether they failed, met or exceeded the UK‘s minimum standards. The scheme was developed by Kay Key of Essential Cattery Design and had the backing of a lot of high profile figures in Cat Welfare, such as Cat Behaviourist Vicky Halls, Dog Behaviourist Gwen Bailey, The Dogs Trust and David Key (to name a few). Unfortunately the scheme was short lived and didn’t get the financial backing and support it deserved. It was certainly the most progressive attempt by an independent body to raise welfare standards for boarding catteries and kennels that has been known to date.

The CIEH Model Licence for Boarding Catteries


As a legal requirement every new cattery must obtain a licence from their local authority. This has been the case for a number of years and the minimum requirements are set by each individual local authority. The minimum standards that local authorities work within are set out in a document called the CIEH Model Licence Conditions for Boarding Catteries. This was a document that was originally written in 1995 (for which we, Pedigree Pens Ltd. were original sponsors). The guidelines were re-written in 2013 and now form the most up-to-date set of minimum requirements for establishing and running a boarding cattery. As each cattery has to renew its licence on a yearly basis this should ensure that minimum standards are met year on year.

So what should i check for when looking for a good boarding cattery ?

Firstly you should check that the cattery is properly licensed by their local authority licensing officer and i would recommend that you do your own thorough research by visiting and inspecting the accommodation at any cattery you are thinking of using. To help you choose a good cattery we have provided a guide and checklist here: Choosing a Good Cattery… and Checklist

The Pedigree Pens Cattery Directory…

Cattery Directory

All of our catteries are built to meet or exceed the minimum standards set out in the CIEH Model Licence Conditions. You can find your nearest Pedigree Pens cattery by searching our Cattery Directory Site.

All of the catteries that have our pens installed are listed with contact details and photos of the cattery.






Find a Good Local Cattery…

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Find a Good Local Cattery

Finding a good local cattery can be quite a headache for a lot of cat owners and deciding where to board your cat whilst you go away on holiday can be a difficult decision. Many owners don’t like the thought of leaving their furry loved ones with someone they don’t know and in a strange environment. In fact, we have heard stories of many cat owners that choose to stay at home, rather than go away on holiday because they simply can’t find a suitable cattery for their cats.

How do You Find a Good Cattery ?

You will need to look around. Fortunately we can point you in the right direction and give you some pointers on what to look out for.

A good place to start is by searching online. You are obviously wanting to find a quality cattery as you have found and have begun reading our article. Do a search in Google and view the websites of catteries. Most high quality catteries will include lots of photos of the accommodation as they will want prospective customers to see how wonderful their facilities are. Be wary of those that do not include photos or give much information about their facilities (they may have something to hide!).

Did you Know ?

You can search for a high quality local cattery by searching our website. We Pedigree Pens have been manufacturing high quality boarding catteries for over 20 years and now have over 200 installations throughout the UK, Ireland and France. You can do a simple search via our easy-to-use Map Page:


Visit the Cattery

Is the cattery family run ? Do they include reviews of their cattery ? i.e. what do others think about their cattery. Give them a call and speak to them. And then arrange a visit !

When you visit the cattery make sure you are prepared….Read our article on Finding a Good Boarding Cattery and download our checklist to help you decide if the cattery you have found is suitable. Click on the link below:

Why Choose a Cattery with Pedigree Pens Units Installed ?

We solely manufacture catteries and kennels and use the highest quality of materials. Please read our articles on Timber vs PVCu catteries and view our materials comparison below:

We invest in the highest quality of materials and construction standards and for these reasons our customers invest in us. You can therefore be assured that by searching for a Pedigree Pens cattery you will be searching some of the highest quality catteries within the UK.

We hope this article has been of help and if we are able to help with your search in any way please like the article, below and get in touch with us or any of our customers via our website.

Pedigree Pens Ltd.



Financing Your Cattery Build

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Raising the Finance to Start Your Cattery Business…

Starting a cattery can be a relatively expensive venture and raising money, for some, can seem like a daunting prospect. Luckily there is more help out there than you might think.

There are a number of options available for raising the finance to start your cattery business. Below are some options worth exploring:

Business Loans

There are many online resources for information on Business Loans. A simple Google search will yield some great results of sites to visit. If you need to discuss a loan in more detail you should arrange a visit to your bank or building society and speak to a business advisor.

Non-Traditional Lending Services

In addition to banks there are an increasing number of alternative lenders around and in March 2013 the government announced a £70 million boost to the finance available for lending to small to medium size businesses. Here is a list of just some of the alternative lenders around:


1) Market Invoice
3) Beechbrook Capital
4) Funding Circle
5) Zopa
6) BOOST&Co.
7) Credit Asset Management

Rural Grants and Funding

The government are keen to provide funding for rural development and as such many people in rural areas are eligible for funding. For more information on the funding available you should visit: Not everyone is eligible for funding but it is certainly worth investigating. It may be the difference between starting your cattery or not.


You may be eligible to Lease your cattery. Leasing provides a tax efficient way of purchasing your cattery. There is no capital outlay (apart from a 25% deposit) and you pay fixed costs over the term of the contract. For more information on leasing your cattery you should contact Tim Gammon at Lease UK on (01372) 466955. We have worked with Lease UK for over 20 years.

Be Careful with Your Money…


The cattery building will be the single largest capital outlay when starting your cattery business.

Once you have raised enough money to finance starting your cattery, careful consideration should be given to which company(s) you choose to undertake the build of the cattery. With this in mind, we actively encourage anyone thinking of starting a cattery to undertake a credit check on the company(s) you choose to build your cattery.

You will be paying a large amount of money (in some cases it may be your life savings) to the people that you choose to construct your cattery, so you will want to know that whoever you hand your money over to, is safe, trustworthy and reputable. Don’t just take theirs or our word for it, do a credit check.

A simple credit check can be done in minutes online, for free by using a company called DueDil.

To carry out a credit check and for more information please visit: 

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Apply for the Rural Economy Grant (REG)

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Rural Economy Grant (REG)

Rural Economy Grant (REG)

The Rural Economy Grant (REG) provides grants to enable a significant ‘game-changing’, transformational performance in farm, forestry, tourism, agri-food businesses and micro businesses in rural areas in England.

The £60 million REG has been established in response to the findings of Defra’s Rural Economy Growth Review (launched in November 2011), which through consultation and an in-depth analysis of a broad range of research, identified large grants (of £25,000 up to circa £1 million) are needed in key business sectors to unlock significant rural economic growth potential.

Please note that support for farming, forestry, tourism, and agri-food businesses (large or small) is available in any rural location (as defined in the Applicant Handbook and appendices below), but support for micro-businesses in other sectors is limited to Rural Growth Network areas only. Project applications will need to demonstrate that as a result of a grant their business will achieve a significant step change in performance (such as job creation, increased turnover, access to new markets etc).

The REG application process is competitive and those projects offering the greatest return on grant investment will be more likely to be successful.

How to Apply

The application process includes two stages:

Stage 1 Outline Application ROUND 1 TO BE SUBMITTED BY 5.00 pm on the 30 April 2012

This initial stage allows you to provide us with an outline of your project, detailing how you anticipate it will fit with the overall aims of the appropriate theme (farm competiveness, agri-food, tourism, forestry, and micro-enterprise), the need and demand for the investment, and benefits of your project.

Please submit your outline application – (both e-mailed electronic copy and hardcopy) by no later than 5.00pm on the 30th April 2012.

To help you complete your application, we strongly advise you read the following handbook guidance and relevant theme appendix for your project;

Following submission, your application will be primarily assessed/ scored against the following key criteria:

  • Eligibility and capability of applicant;
  • Fit with theme priorities (please see section 7 of the Applicant Handbook) and eligibility of activity;
  • Value for money (including an assessment of need/ demand); and
  • Deliverability (in terms of ability to raise required match finance, implement within the RDPE programme period, and comply with state aid).

Following this assessment a decision will be made as to whether your project may proceed to the Full application stage. We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome of their outline application within 8 weeks of the end of the application round.

Failure to submit all of the required information (electronic and hardcopy) with your project application by 5pm on the 30th April 2012 will result in your outline application being rejected.

If you are thinking about submitting an Outline application or have any questions about REG we strongly advise you to contact your local RDPE Delivery Team to discuss your project ideas.

Stage 2 Full Application

If your Outline application is endorsed, you will be invited to submit a Full application. The Full application is a more in-depth stage – requiring the submission of a full business case / business plan and supporting evidence to demonstrate the need and demand, impact, value for money and deliverability of your project and how it will make a game changing difference to your business and local economy. You will also need to provide three like-for-like quotations for all project costs.

Prior to submitting your Full application you will need to receive any relevant, required statutory approvals in order for your project to progress, such as planning permission.

If you are invited to proceed to Full Application you will be asked to identify a target date for submission of your Full Application and all associated supporting evidence. Failure to meet your target Full application submission date may result in your outline endorsement being withdrawn.

Who Can Apply?

The following businesses across England are eligible to apply (please see section 7 of the Applicant Handbook for further details):

  • Farmers
  • Rural based enterprises
  • Forestry contractors
  • Woodland owners
  • Horticultural businesses
  • Rural Growth Networks
  • Not for Profit/ Companies Limited by Guarantee

Please remember that the selection process for REG is competitive and applications will be appraised against one another. This means that there is no guarantee of success and not all projects which are eligible will necessarily be awarded a grant.

You May Be Eligible for a Grant…

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The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) aims to improve competitiveness in the agriculture and forestry sector; safeguard and enhance the rural environment; foster competitive and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities.

What do you want to do?

Government consults on delivery of EU funds

The Government has recently launched a consultation on how the next round of EU structural funds, rural development and maritime and fisheries can work together to support sustainable, environmental, social and economic restructuring. The current funding period will close at the end of 2013 and the next period will begin in 2014, subject to completion of negotiations.

We encourage all interested in the future delivery of these funds to respond to this consultation.  Please note that this consultation will close on 27 April 2012.

Defra takes the lead on RDPE delivery

Since taking over responsibility for the delivery of the RDPE socio-economic elements, through the newly established RDPE delivery teams, Defra is providing a stronger lead on the priorities for delivery. In particular, Defra has refocused remaining socio-economic resources (circa £100 million) of RDPE at meeting the priorities of the Rural Economic Growth Review.

Following the launch of the Rural Economic Growth Review (29th November 2011), the following grant schemes are or will be available.

Available NOW

The £60 million Rural Economy Grant (REG) scheme provides large grants of between £25,000 and circa £1 million (no set upper limit) to enable a significant ‘game-changing’, transformational performance in farm, forestry, tourism, agri-food businesses and micro businesses in rural areas in England.  Project applications will need to demonstrate that as a result of a grant their business will achieve a significant step change in performance (such as job creation, increased turnover, access to new markets etc).

TO BE LAUNCHED, with information available in due course:

The dates of the next application rounds for both the Farm and Forestry Improvement Scheme (small grants of between £2,500 and £25,000), and the Rural Community Broadband Fund (grants to establish Superfast Broadband in hard to reach locations) are due to be announced in the spring 2012.

Skills and Knowledge Transfer (up to £20 million) – a flexible and locally targetable skills training programme to enable rural business growth. The fund will to be launched in the Autumn 2012 following completion of existing local skills programmes.

An additional £3m will support schemes to improve footpaths and access, skills training for new entrants to the forestry workforce, and developing tourism support building on those being piloted by a leading AONB in the South East. The timing of the launch of these initiatives is to be confirmed.

Leasing Your Cattery…

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** Following 25% deposit with confirmed order 

Lease UK in association with Pedigree Pens Ltd can often arrange finance for their Boarding Catteries.  As specialist Finance Brokers, with access to over a dozen funders of high repute, you will always be assured of a competitive rate and a complete absence of bureaucracy.

Lease UK will personally take over all the arrangements for you, steering your transaction through the ‘red tape’ and completing all the necessary documentation, liasing with the Supplier and Funder alike, to ensure a smooth speedy transaction, leaving you free to get on with your practice.





Monthly Weekly Daily
Rental (plus VAT) £270.00 £ 62.31 £ 8.90
Less Tax Relief at, say, 22% £  59.40 £ 13.71 £ 1.96
Net Cost to Lease £210.60 £ 48.60 £ 6.94

The rentals above are excluding VAT and payable monthly in advance by Direct Debit.  100% of the rental can be offset against tax as a business expense.  VAT on the monthly payments can usually be recovered in the usual way.

For further information, contact Tim Gammon at LeaseUK

Tim Gammon and LeaseUKare licensed intermediaries under the Consumer Credit Act and their business is introduced to funders of high repute, subject to acceptance.

These facilities are for business purposes only.