Caramel: White and brown cat getting alternative cattery carePlanning a trip away this summer and wondering what to do about the cat? The good news is that there are plenty of options beyond the usual visit to the local cattery. Read on for our handy guide to finding a cattery alternative for your next trip away.

Care for your cat

Cats are the ultimate creatures of habit. They need familiar sounds and smells around them to feel safe and content. Cats love their routines and the strange environment of a cattery can be very traumatic. Finding the best care for your feline friend means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday knowing that you will return home to a happy cat.

Pros and cons

It’s useful to weigh up the pros and cons of each cattery alternative. We take a look at the options available:

  • Cat friendly holidays. If you can’t bear to be parted with your feline friend, you can take them on holiday with you! There are cat friendly hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages to choose from. On the plus side, you won’t need to worry about how your cat is doing while you’re away. Please note however, many cats don’t travel well and the journey can be upsetting for them. Additionally, cats are territorial animals and most find it traumatic and stressful being taken away from their familiar environment.
  • Ask a friend or neighbour. This is a great option in theory, as your cat gets to stay in the comfort of their own home. But in reality it’s difficult to ask friends or neighbours to help out for more than a few days at a time, and most people won’t have time to give your cat the fuss and affection they need.
  • Ginger and white cat looks into the camera: cattery alternativeHiring a cat sitter to care for your feline friend gives you the most reassurance of all. Cat sitters do their job because they genuinely love spending time with cats – not just feeding them and changing litter but giving them love, attention and playtime too. Cat sitters are also very knowledgeable about cats and able to administer medication, which is a must if your cat has any health concerns. There is also the added bonus of someone keeping an eye on your house whilst you’re away.

Why choose cat sitting over catteries?

The beauty of cat sitting as a cattery alternative is that the service is tailored to the needs of your cat. Your cat won’t need to fit around the timetables of a busy cattery – they can relax in their own environment and keep to their usual routines. Cat sitters can spend extra time with your cat to help them feel secure and content while you’re away. Most of all, hiring cat sitters means that you can enjoy a guilt-free holiday, knowing that your cat is being well cared for in their own home.

What makes The Cat Butler unique?

The Cat Butler’s cat sitters are absolutely passionate about cats! Our veterinary trained cat sitters can provide exclusive holiday care for your cat in St Albans, Harpenden, Wheathampsted, Hatfield and further afield in Hertfordshire. As well as providing the usual cat sitting services such as feeding, cleaning litter trays and administering medication, our cat sitters will happily groom your cat. We especially enjoy playtime!

Sleeping tabby cats: cattery alternativeAs well as keeping your cat happy, at The Cat Butler, we’ll look after your home, too. Our home security service includes taking in newspapers and post, opening curtains, watering plants and putting out rubbish. All of this makes your home look “lived-in” while you’re away and best of all, this service is available at no extra cost!

If you’re looking for a cattery alternative, cat sitting will give you absolute peace of mind that your cat and your home are in safe hands while you’re away. To find out more about our rates and to book our cat sitters for your next holiday, get in touch today.


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