At FFP head office we have recently rehomed two cats, Bob and Bella. They are brother and sister from the same litter and came straight from a very loving home whose personal circumstances simply changed so that they were not able to keep them anymore.
When they first arrived, as many of you who have rescued or rehomed cats will know, they were very timid and scared about things. Whilst Bella was slightly more brave, Bob spent the first few days hiding in the cat box he arrived in behind the sofa!
Although I have heard about it many times, I have never before had first hand experience of cats being so stressed due to them having to change their environment. It then struck me that this must be what cats go through if they are put into a cattery when their owners go away. They must spend the first few days very worried about things.
A cattery cannot even be compared to our cat sitting service for this reason. The cats stay at their home in their familiar surroundings where they feel comfortable and not have to go through the stress of changing environment and feeling worried about things. Obviously some cats will be well adapted to catteries but I for one would not consider a cattery when it comes to Bella and Bob’s holiday care!