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Cats @ Home Why Cats Dislike Catteries
Why Cats Dislike Catteries ... !
One thing is absolutely certain, Most cats really do dislike catteries!
The answer is “none of the above”.
There are some really caring cattery owners and some catteries have very modern pens.
So why do cats really dislike catteries?
The answer is pure and simply that cats are territorial animals.
What do we actually mean by this?
Over many thousands of years, cats have been genetically predisposed to be solitary animals and to reign over a large territory (unlike dogs which are basically “pack” animals).
This explains much of a modern cat’s behaviour. It explains why........
Even though cats can be sociable (when they choose to be!), they spend a great deal of time alone -
They will fight other cats to defend their territory (and their food supply).
Of course, thanks to very caring and doting owners, in modern times, domesticated cats do not have to hunt prey in order to eat. Many cats will hunt prey ... !
Because, as already stated, they are genetically predisposed to do certain things, including hunting prey (even though these days, they don’t really need to).
What does a cat’s territory mean to a cat?
In a word -
So when most cats are forcibly taken away from their familiar home environment (their central territory), they will become stressed, unhappy, sometimes stop eating and are quite unable to adjust to their new surroundings.
It’s not so much the fact that they don’t want to be taken to a cattery, it is more to do with the fact that they do not want to be taken anywhere (away from their home territory).
These problems are amplified a hundred times if your cat is a house cat, or a rescue cat which has known abuse and hardship, not having their owners around is traumatic enough, but being removed from their home can and often is devastating for them.
So it is simply common sense and far better to care for a cat in its own home rather than take it somewhere else to be cared for. Why would anyone want their cat to be stressed and unhappy when it could be calm, relaxed and contented?
So let’s not blame cattery owners for supplying what is, in effect, an inappropriate service -
At the end of the day, it’s down to cat owners to educate themselves with regard to what a cat’s needs really are, and to recognise that a cat’s best interests are served when the cat remains at home. It’s not just ourselves saying this -
When you go on holiday, instead of taking your cat to a cattery, check out the difference that Cat’s At Home can make to the quality of your cat's life by clicking on Our Service
We also have some very useful information for cat owners which can be accessed by clicking on Cat Welfare
If you really have no alternative other than to use a cattery (perhaps because there simply isn’t a suitable cat sitter in your area), then be careful to exercise appropriate care and due diligence.