Hotel for cats
A cattery for active cats, used to go out at home
Cats and kittens are cared for in large rooms, all with direct access to secure outdoor terraces.
Both indoors and outdoors, cats can climb to different levels or retreat to one of the many kennels. All cat rooms are heated, most of them with floor heating, to a temperature of 20-22 degrees Celsius.
The cat decks overlook the garden and forest, or the inner courtyard and reception area of the Lassie Boarding Kennel, where the cats can watch everything that is going on outside and enjoy the fresh air. The cat decks are fully screened, on top as well, and covered, with a 2nd security corridor for maximum of safety.
Each cat room has large windows to ensure brightness inside and especially to allow a great exchange of air.
Cats are fed premium dry food and wet food, at choice and at will.
For cats that are on a special veterinary or allergenic diet, you must provide us with this food in addition. We will make sure that your cat only has access to his special food during his stay in boarding.
Each resident is cherished, cared for and stroked during our frequent visits to the various catrooms. We provide the necessary attention during our presence by playing and cuddling.
The long-haired cats are brushed daily, as well as the cleaning of the eyes is done without extra charge, for those who are easily handled.
Generally, the cat is a territorial animal, very independent by nature and, unlike the dog, likes to walk alone. The cat needs at least 12 to 16 hours of sleep per day, the few hours left awake he goes hunting and grooming.
Although most cats are loners, the social life of felines depends on their habitat. Being in the cattery, the cat leaves its usual environment and therefore its territory. There he is on what is for him a "neutral" ground. We can observe cats that have particular affinities for certain cats and show it by signs of affection: nose to nose rubbing, mutual grooming, sharing bedding and games.
Since the cat is a hunter, the cat does not like to be seen. Rooms with huge mirrors and open shelves do not allow him to isolate himself for his rest periods, nor to be transparent to prepare himself for the "hunt" in the game. Thus the rooms of our cattery are themed rooms with wooden ramps to climb and many niches, all giving a warm effect.
During its active periods, the cat loves to observe. He watches everything that moves, the birds outside, the guests passing by, he stands on the window sill of the room to observe the little dogs passing by in the hallway during their going out to the exercise areas, knowing that none of these small dogs will be able to come near him, and especially to observe the other cats keeping him company. A new resident will first observe the behavior of the other cat already accustomed to the place. This is how he will know where to feed himself, find the litter boxes, go out on the outside terrace. He will also observe the behavior of this cat towards the nursing staff and will thus quickly gain confidence in us and in his new environment. As long as he sees that his companions are relaxed, he deduces that everything is in order and that he is safe.
Isolating a cat alone in a room would take away all these factors. Alone cats get bored and meow because they feel left out. Lassie Boarding only has rooms available for cats where there is a medical indication to do so, and only during non-schoolvacation periods. We are often shocked to be told about catteries that offer cages or small kennels in the cellar or the attic of their structure. A cat needs to get out, get fresh air, get light AND get social contact with people and other cats to feel comfortable.
A cattery for active cats, accustomed in apartment:
Active indoor cats who are in the Lassie cattery take full advantage of the days in boarding to experience this outdoor adventure. Very often our new visiting clients are worried that their cat will ask to go outside as well when they return home.
But in the 20 years of our boarding experience, these clients have all come back and been delighted with the experience. They ask again for one of the rooms with an outdoor terrace and tell us that their cat did not change its routine back home and did not make the connection between going to the boarding house and a walk outside the apartment.
Of course, in case of cold weather in winter, we keep a very close eye on whether the apartment cats in our care stay outside for too long, and if so, we bring them back inside.
A cattery for "senior" cats:
"Senior" cats can be boarded either in a room with an outdoor terrace or in one of the large, light and airy rooms on the first floor, where we closely monitor their appetite and overall health.
A cat is considered senior between the ages of 10 and 12, and old at 15. A cat's aging affects its daily routines. An older cat will want to sleep more, enjoy a quieter environment and eat smaller portions. His eyesight, sense of smell and hearing may deteriorate over time.
Older cats often suffer from other diseases than younger cats, and the risk of getting sick increases with age. As a cat boarding facility, we must be alert to any changes or symptoms of illness in the cat in our care, so that we can treat it in time and provide a dignified life during its stay.
The main diseases of the elderly cat are :
- arthritis and joint disorders
- oral diseases
- kidney failure, stones and urinary disorders
- hyperthyroidism and behavioral problems
- diabetes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases
- benign or malignant tumors
- skin abscesses
Aging is less visible in cats than in dogs. And yet, we must face the facts: he too has aged, even if, in this field as in others, the cat knows how to be particularly discreet.
Medication prescribed by your veterinarian can be brought in for the duration of the stay in the cattery and is administered by our veterinary assistants. During your visit or phone call, we can decide together which facility will be the best for your cat.
A cattery for the diabetic cat:
Nowadays, many cats suffer from diabetes. For an extra charge, our veterinary assistants take care of the insulin injections once/twice a day. In case of doubt, the blood sugar level will be evaluated before the injection. This whole process is done on site and a call can be made to the veterinarian, if necessary.
Due to the enormous demand during the school vacations, we can unfortunately no longer accept new diabetic cats during these busy periods, but only outside the school vacations.
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