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Cattery Whangarei – Deloraine Cattery

As we all know our cuddly furry friends have evolved from hunters, so we can understand their sense of sight is one of their strongest, and designed so they can see in the dimmest of light. Tests have shown cats appear to distinguish light spectrums rather than colors. 

The Retina – the nerve center at the back of the eye – contains cells called cones ( these are responsible for converting light into color) and Rods (rods are responsible for black and white) and in cats the Rods outnumber the cones.

So Can Cats see colors… Not in the same why we do, we have more cone cells in our Retina, which allow us to see colors. Cats have more Rods cells in their Retina, so if they could see any color at all it would more likely be bark colors such as Blues, greens and purples but bright colors would appear dual, less intense or vibrant.

Oh and Don’t forget theres only 1 place your cat should stay while you’re away The Deloraine Cattery

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We have made some changes to our rates

Absolutely Cats Ltd

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Deloraine Cattery

Whangarei cattery cost purr day 

Private & Family Room Rates

1 cat $14

2 cats $20

3 cats $27

Semi Individual Units

1 cat $10.00

2 cats $18.00

3 cats $25.50

Supply our own food and save $1.00 a day purr cat

10% Discount for long term stays of 30 days or more.

Charges are per day booked including day of check out and check in.

:)We also have great Loyal Customer Discounts 🙂

Whangarei Cattery 50 Konini St, Riverside, Whangarei
The Deloraine Cattery is the Only Cattery In Northland with a Full AsureQuality Approval

For more information on this great top quality Whangarei Cat boarding Facility see Whangarei’s cattery  and don’t forget there’s only 1 place your cat should stay while you’re away The Deloraine Holiday Retreat for cats   

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Rachael & Mr B at Whangarei Cattery The Deloraine
Rachael a true care-giver

People often ask me, “what did you do before you came to the Cattery Rachael”? 

I grew up on the Family farm in the Waikato, when my family moved North I started working at the  Bendon factory in Kamo. It was a job and I was only young. I met a lot of new friends working  there over the years, got my first car stolen from in the car park while I was at work, brought my first house, life was good. I left there to have my first Child and the Bendon factory closed not long after that.  I’ve had another Child since, studied a little and had a few part-time jobs, merchandising, Bar work,  just a couple of hour here and there, to earn a bit more money.

When my youngest daughter went off to school I decided it was time to get a job, I needed something 9-3 so I could still be there for my girls. My Mum who is a Care giver for Home Support North said I should try there, so I did.  For four and a half years I worked with the elderly. The pay was sad, but this was one of the most rewarding  things I have ever done, and I met some of the most wonderful people. I wasn’t just the cleaner and care giver, I was a friend, someone to talk to, in some cases I was the only person they saw all week. I’d clean up the house, make the bed, and cook meals, some even needed help with showering.  I miss that life sometimes and the people… they are gone now, but I am happy to have been part of their lives even if it was only for a short time.

So now I’m here at what I believe is, Whangarei’s Best Cattery, The Deloraine….. Wow…. I sometimes need to pinch myself, from care-giver to Business women, but we all know at the end of the day I will always be a care-giver, only difference is I now look after Cats and I Love it. I’m not an academic, as you tell by my Blog posts, nor do I need money to be truely happy, although it keeps the bank manager off my back. I love my Family and friends, It makes me feel good knowing I’ve done the best I can, and to help make someone elses life better for it.

Rachael Seymour

“Whangarei Cattery”

Don’t forget theres only 1 place your cats should stay while you’re away The Whangarei Cattery 

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Just like Children, not all pets like to just eat what we give them.

So to try to help make things a little easier for you here are some tips.

  1. If you’re giving medication with food, Do it when the animal is hungry and only give them a very small amount, make sure they have eaten it all before giving them the rest of their meal. Do not let them see you putting medication in their food.
  2. So your cat doesn’t eat medication with food? ok with two people, while one of you hold the cats front legs … so you don’t get scratched the other person can then pop the tablet into the cats  mouth, Don’t let them go untill he’s licked his lips.
  3. That didn’t work? Guess you have a fighter… again with two people try wrapping him in a towel… the cat that is….  🙂  leaving the head out, again one of you hold the cat and the other pop the tablet into the cats mouth.
  4. Ok so now you have holes in your arms face and fingers, But has the cat taken the tablet ? next time try using a pill popper or get someone else to do it.

 This bit of information was brought to you by Rachael Seymour from Whangarei Cattery The Deloraine don’t forget it’s the only place your cat should stay while you’re away.

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It doesn’t matter whether you use a Cattery with private rooms or Semi Individual where your cat shares with others during the day; there is always a small chance your cat may get sick. Just like when we take our kids to play group, there is a possibility they may get head lice or even a cold, And as do play groups, Cattery owners do all they can to minimize the rick of your cat getting sick, after all, it our lively hood.

All Cat Boarding facilities in New Zealand are required to have some kind of Isolation unit or facility; this is a room where a sick cat can be kept on its OWN with NO other animals, this is to stop the spread of any viruses etc.

It is standard procedure at The Deloraine Cattery. Should a cat show ANY signs of illness to immediately have the animal placed into Isolation so he/she can be monitored. A vet is then called, and if need be the cat is taken to the veterinarian as soon as possible. When the vet has given the all clear the cat is then returned to the cattery, however it will then spend the remainder of its stay in the Isolation facility, (unless otherwise advised by the vet)

Owners or emergency contacts are only called if required; this would mean the animal is very ill or we simply can not have the animal back at the cattery, and you will need to arrange to have the cat collected from the Vets.

So why don’t we call the owners first?

  1. We feel it is far more important to call the vet first; after all it may not be anything to worry about.
  2. What can you do (the owner) from half way around the world? Except worry.
  3. Lets say your cat was in a fight at home, 2 days later you drop him off at the cattery, and off you go on holiday. mean while an abscess has started to devalop on your cat, where it had been bitten by the cat it was figthing with at home days before, the abscess then pops… I will do my best to keep the wound clean however your cat will need a shot of antibiotics, so off we go to the vet …. I will not phone you while you are on holiday to tell you this, as your cat is fine.
  4. When you leave your cats at the cattery, the terms and conditions clearly states that… we reserve the right to refer your cat for veterinary attention should this, in our opinion be necessary. The owner shall be responsible for all costs incurred.

Most cats are very happy and settle into the cattery within a few hours, and you must keep in mind it is not always the facilities staff or owner at fault if cats fall ill, think of it this way…. you could always leave your cat at home alone… where they can get sick  from the stress of being left on their own, fight with the neighbours cats, run away, get hit by a car……. etc   sorry but that’s the facts. “Don’t Risk Leaving Your Cats Home Alone”.

The Cattery is the only place your cat should stay while you’re away

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Semi Individual Unit

Here at the Deloraine Cattery we have holiday options to suit all cats, from private suites to Semi Individual units or semi communal as some call them.

Despite what some people may think…… The Deloraine’s Semi Individual facilities are awesome. In this part of the cattery your cat will have his or her own private unit where they spend the night and are fed in the morning and again in the evenings before being safely tucked up for bed. Each unit is made up of two rooms the 1st being their bedroom and the 2nd their bathroom. During the day cats have access to a large lounge area, with heaps of beds, chairs, toys and climbing trees.  

Semi Individual Unit

 This area can house up to 23 guests, but on average we would have no more than 10-12 cats at any one time, we find a lot of our regular customers use this part of our facility. One of the most common question asked about this type of cattery is. “Do the cats fight in the cattery”? I can assure you the answer to that is..  No they do not…Cats are territorial animals and will generally fight to defend their home, so because the cattery is neutral territory there is nothing to fight for. We closely monitor all the guests staying in the cattery to ensure they are settling in with minimal stress. If for any reason your cat does not enjoy being in our semi Individual area they will be upgraded to a private suite at no extra charge.   

The shared lounge area, has plenty of toys to play with, climbing frames and cosy spots to curl up and have a snooze in the afternoon sun. The large opening windows let in lots of fresh air.

Large windows let in plenty of fresh air

 
 
Don’t Forget There is only 1 place your cats should be while you’re away
And this Whangarei Cattery is it. 

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The Deloraine Cattery is a "Cats" only facilityCat Boarding facilities vary in construction, from the basic wooden cabins to the more modern up market penthouse units with private outdoor verandahs, heated blankets and TVs. Whilst this is re-assuring to see a modern building facility, the care behind the scenes is more critical. It is extremely important that you feel confident that the staff managing the cattery enjoy being with the cats. It is crucial that they are well trained, caring and capable and most importantly that they have adequate time to dedicate to the cats in their care. Be wary of facilities that claim to be ‘AgriQuality‘, ‘Vet  Approved’ or even claim to have a ‘Vet Excellence certificate’, as these programes are non-existent and facility owners are misleading the pubilc.

Everything we do at the Deloraine Cattery is for the good of the Cats.

• At the Deloraine Cattery you will see the cats show an interest in visitors and staff. This would indicate the cats are settled and happy.
• This is a “Cats” only facility. We are not a “Kennel”- the noise of dogs barking can be very stressful for cats – particularly if they are confined. Animal welfare organizations recommend that catteries are not attached to kennels.
• Our private and family rooms are a decent size, with separate run areas to allow the cats space to exercise enjoy the sun and be less stressed.
• The cattery is well ventilated, to ensure good airflow and reduce the risk of cross infection from other cats.
• The rooms are also insulated, and are warm and dry with heaters to provide extra warmth in the winter.
• The cattery buildings are secure, with all outdoor areas secured with amplimesh security panels, all exists and entry points are on a double door system to prevent cats escaping.
• The litter trays are changed daily or more if needed. All dirty litter trays are cleaned with Trigene to kill any germs and refilled with fresh litter.
• Fresh water is available to the cats at all times.
• Each of our rooms has a view, toys, scratch posts and or ladders to provide stimulation.
• We do brush the cats daily if your cat lets us, however we are not  professional cat groomers and you will need to book this service if your cat requires it.
• Only cats from same household share accommodation in our private and family suites. If you are boarding more than one cat, and they don’t get on well, ask if they can have their own rooms.
• The Deloraine Cattery uses the Onerahi veterinary practice, as this is handy to us and they will come to the cattery if need be.private and family suites
• It is required that all customers leave us with contact details for you and someone contactable in an emergency. If your cat is elderly or suffers from a medical problem it is recommended you let your vet know that you are boarding your cat and inform them of how far your wish treatments to go should your animal’s health decline.
• We feed top Quality Royal Canin Cat food, how ever we also have a number of other verities of soft food. If your cat is on a prescription diet you will need to bring this food along with your cat.
• We recommend you bring along some of your cats favorite toys and bedding (unwashed as this will remind him of home).
• We require that all cats have current vaccinations, and documents showing this must be produced upon arrival
• We also require all cats are upto date with Flea and worming.
When transporting your cat to the Deloraine Cattery, we recommend you use a strong and sturdy purpose built cat carrier with a solid base so that your cat cannot escape. It is important that your cat feels comfortable – line the carrier with newspaper or a towel and ensure that there is adequate ventilation. To prevent your cat from becoming travel sick, it is best not to feed him before your journey.

 
The Deloraine Cattery is a top Quality facility and books up fast over the holiday periods, so you will need to make your bookings well in advance.

Never Leave your cats home alone!  why would you when your cats could stay in Whangarei

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