Has The Cat Got Your Furniture In Its Sights?

We are not letting any secrets out of the bag when we tell you that your cat loves to scratch. And not just itself.
For a cat, the act of scratching has many benefits and a sturdy cat scratcher of some kind cannot be left out of the equation if you have a pet cat.
Your furniture, curtains, drapes, decorative tassels, timber fittings and features, carpets and rugs can all be a target for kitty, which could lead to the destruction of these items.

Why Does a Cat Scratch?

Scratching from a cat’s point of view is like humans doing our yoga or boxing. It’s more than that though, as it can even be like a visit to the health spa.
This is because a cat will stretch out his or her back, neck and arm muscles when it scratches. They can be languid and lazy when they do this or full of energy. Sometimes it may be that they need to release pent up energy and they can get quite vigorous and playful.
Another reason cats scratch is to mark their territory. They not only leave obvious markings for other animals to see. They also release pheromones from the pads of their feet that advertise to any and all other cats that they have been there and this is their spot!
Finally, a good scratch removes the tired old used sheath on their claws, revealing a lovely new sharp claw beneath. Good claw health is essential to a cat’s wellbeing.
Durack Pet Motel ensure every kitty home has a kitty claw centre.

What Sort of Scratch Pole Should You Have?

Cats can and will scratch in different ways. Some cats like to claw at ground level, whilst some like to stretch up tall.
A good cat scratcher is tall enough for your cat to stretch out to its full height – or length as the case may be. It must be sturdy enough to take the weight of the cat in full stretch and durable enough for a good claw battle.
The most common forms of covering are carpet or rope. Either work fabulously at helping kitty get what it needs. Both are effective in giving them something to grip on to. Carpets may be a little more challenging sometimes than rope as a cat’s claws can get stuck in them. Therefore, be vigilant.

Tips for Taking Your Cat to a Cattery

For many cat owners, taking their pet with them on holiday or on business trips is simply not an option. Travelling with a pet, especially overseas, is not simple. They require travel documents and they can’t accompany you immediately like your travel bags because of quarantine issues and regulations. Moreover, a cat’s talent for escaping is a potential for a holiday nightmare. Holidaying with your pet in a tropical destination in bliss is a nice dream, but the reality is it’s impractical.

Leaving your cat in a boarding cattery whilst you travel is a good solution. Cats will be safe and well looked after in there. Still, it is normal for you to be apprehensive about the care and safety of your pet. To feel at peace and relaxed whilst away from home, here are tips when taking your cat to a cattery

Booking the Right Cattery

It is important to choose the right cattery, both for your peace of mind and the safety of your cat. When searching for a place to board your pet, here are certain criteria to consider:

• Book clean cat kennels. Inspect the cages to make sure they are sanitary and do not smell.

• The cages should be large enough for the animals to move around.

• If the pet motel also boards dogs, ensure that the dogs and cats are kept apart.

• Ensure that you will be contacted in case of an emergency and that there is a veterinarian on call to treat the animals if they become sick.

• Make sure your cat will be played with, petted and groomed whilst staying at the cattery. Durack Pet Motel offers a free care programme, a time when pets are given pats, cuddles and daily playtime. Our spacious cat suites, which have a good view of the garden, are fitted with scratching posts as well as shelves and cubby holes.

Also take note of the number of years that a cattery has been in business. Ask the cattery for references or letters from satisfied customers.

Transporting Your Cat

Invest in a good cat carrier to ensure your cat is comfortable and safe when being transported. If pet transportation is available, avail of it for your convenience. At Durack Pet Motel, we offer pickup and delivery services. We will collect your pet at home and transport it directly to our facility. Your pet will be delivered safely to your doorstep once you arrive home from your trip. Our fully air-conditioned pet taxi features a separate travel compartment for each pet to ensure their safety and security.

Prepare your cat before taking it cat to the cattery. Have your cat vaccinated and treated for parasites like fleas and worms. Also, don’t forget to pack their medicines or special food and give them to the cattery staff. Include your pet’s favourite blankets, toys and a T-shirt you own, so your kitty will not miss you as much.