The cattery is situated in a quiet little spot in the front paddock with plenty of wildlife to watch if one so desires.
All cats need to be up to date with their annual injections, flea, worm treatment and be vaccinated for cat flu to stay in Border View Cattery.
The cattery is a purpose built unit comprising of 13 chalets. Each chalet has a spacious indoor area and a large outer area, a shelf for the cat in each and a scratch post in the outer section. The cattery is constructed primarily of solid wood with each chalet having robust mesh doors and sides for the outer section. There is UV filtering opaque sheeting on the roof to allow in as much natural daylight as possible to the outer section of each chalet. In the inner section of each chalet there is artificial light and a heat lamp should a cat need it in winter. The opaque panels can come off on hotter days to allow more airflow whilst still keeping the cats safe and secure behind the metal mesh. There is also the option of a portable fan to keep the cats cool in summer if needed. There are two feet between chalets as a sneeze barrier to help reduce the risk for disease control.
All chalets aim to offer space, ambient temperature, good air and water quality, good light and good ventilation. The Cattery temperature is kept between the standard 10C - 26C with the indoor section kept above 18C but the temperatures are adjusted to suit the individual cat.
The chalets are cleaned to the highest of standards with a 2-step cleaning process. We use Clean n Safe Spray and Simple Solution Enymatic Cleaner for cleanliness and Virkon S to disinfect. This ensures everywhere has been thoroughly cleaned and thoroughly disinfected after a cat has vacated the chalet and before another cat arrives.
All cats have litter trays in their outer sections which are kept a minimum or 60cm away from food or water bowls. Cat poo is picked up immediately and disposed of in the designated cat waste bins.
In case of the need for emergence transport to the vets each cat has their carry case left in their internal section. Alec and staff are insured for transporting animals in their vehicles for commercial purposes.
To try to minimise competitiveness each cat has a plentiful supply of fresh clean water. The cats have their feeds prepared out of sight and are fed as swiftly as possible in numerical order. The cats also have their own toys and play time with a staff member structured into a daily routine.
Water that is clean and fresh is provided at all times. It is changed twice a day during health checks as standard but can be changed more if a cat requires. We ask all owners to provide a 2 litre drinks bottle or equivalent of their tap water so we can introduce the natural spring water at Border View Farm gradually. Cat owners are also asked to provide a clean and appropriately sized drinking bowl for their cat but we do have plenty of spares if necessary.
Cat food is stored in rodent proof containers and prepared out of site of the cats. Owners are asked to provide their own food in containers so we can provide dietary continuity for the cat. However we do have a supply of Purina biscuits and Felix wet pouches which we feed to our own cats so there is a backup of food if needed.
We ask all cats to come with their own bedding, toys and grooming equipment. The cats own home comforts can not only help them settle quicker surrounded by familiar things but it also prevents any cross contamination. We do have spares of everything which are cleaned and disinfected after use.
There are many things that are done daily such as cuddles and play time but there are other things we try to vary throughout the week to keep things fresh and interesting for the cats (using different toys, socialisations with different objects e.g. feathers or pom-pom toys and enrichment feeding devices such as kongs, food puzzles and frozen treats.)
Each cat has a daily enrichment plan specific to that cat. This is really important as some cats are scared of squeaky toys whereas others get the squeak and try and eat it for example. Similarly individual cats have different tastes in music. We want to soothe or stimulate the cat rather than scare or over-stimulate them.
Health checks are performed and documented several times per day and even the smallest changes in behaviour are noted and monitored. Croft vets are contacted if there is any doubt whatsoever on the cats well being. We will try to contact owners first but the animals health and well being is our primary concern so if time is of the essence or we are unable to contact the owner we will take the animal to the vets (owners are responsible for any veterinary treatment required). We will ask you to provide a local emergency contact in the rare case of a structural emergency of the cattery creating the need to evacuate all residents whilst your cat is boarding with us. This is highly unlikely but we feel it is important to be prepared for all eventualities.
We are on site 24/7 365 days so your animals will always have round the clock quality care.
Drop Off/ Collection Times:
We have morning and afternoon time slots for arrivals and departures to keep our current residents as settled as possible.
4pm - 5pm
We understand that life doesn't always fit into a time slot so we can accomodate alternative times for exceptional circumstances. Please message or email us to discuss this if you need to.