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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. The parasite infects most warm blooded animals, even people, but it’s primary host is the family Cat. Animals are infected by eating infected meat, by eating the feces of an infected cats, or passed on by a mother cat to her fetus. Catsthrough contamination of hands,and contact with raw meat, especially pork are the main source of infection to people.

The infection usually  causes mild flu-like symptoms, but healthy adults genrlly do not show any symptoms. However people with a weakened immune system, such as AIDS patients or pregnant women, may become seriously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. The parasite can cause encephalitis an inflammation of the brain and neurologic diseases, and can also affect the heart, liver, inner ear and eyes.

The most common way for a cat to become infected with toxoplasmosis is by eating  infected prey such as rodents & birds, it is also possible for a cat to become infected by eating raw meat.

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As a little girl growing up I used to suffer from Car sickness, Mum would say “It’s all in your mind” … Well sorry mum it’s all over the back seat.

I remember the smell of mums perfume or those really strong-smelling air fresheners used to make me fell sick every time, and it’s very much the same for our furry friends.

Next time you’re taking your cats to the Vets, The Cattery, or just for that Sunday drive, spear a thought for the poor little fur baby, and go easy on the perfumes.

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Deloraine Cattery is a 5 star holiday retreat for cats.
This top Whangarei cattery has been caring for cats for over ten years and is situated on 2.5 acres of peaceful parklike surroundings, close to Whangarei city and handy to the airport. This luxury modern cattery,  offers the finest pet accommodation you and your cat could wish for. Our cat boarding facility truly is a home away from home for your cats.

Why leaving your cat home alone?

Whangarei Cattery 50 Konini St, Riverside, Whangarei

Deloraine Cattery, Cat Boarding How it should be

Book your cats Holiday today

WHY?

  • AsureQuality approved premises -This means we demostrate and are committed to high standards of animal care.
  • Caring for cats for over 10 years, friendly experienced caring staff.
  • Offering Holiday options to suit your cats.
  • Luxurious private and family suites with 24 hour access to fully secure outdoor verandahs.
  • Semi individual lounge with plenty of space to climb & play, each guest has their own private Unit.
  • We guarantee your cat will be safe & secure.
  • Set in a peaceful park like setting.
  • Only a few minutes from Whangarei city and Whangarei airport.
  • Long term or a few days – your booking is welcome.

Don’t miss out! Book early 

09 436 3616

Please note our hours

Sunday -Friday8.30 – 11.00 am & 4.00 – 6.00 pm

Saturday: 8.30 – 11.00 am & 4.00 -5.30 pm

Excludes Christmas and New Years Day

Whangarei Cattery

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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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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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The Tapeworm is an intestinal parasite; that needs two hosts, an intermediate host for example fleas, mice or other wild animals, and a final host being your cat, here inside your cat it develops into an adult tapeworm and lays its eggs. Tapeworms have both ovaries and testes so are capable of reproducing on their own; they have a head, neck and a segmented body white or cream in colour, and are ribbon like in appearance. An adult tapeworm can grow up to 15 -60 cms in length.

Tapeworm eggs are passed in the faeces and eaten by flea larvae the eggs then hatch inside the flea larvae and become tapeworm. The flea larvae then develops into an adult flea witch goes on to infest your cat and suck its blood, your cat then ingests the flea while grooming, then once inside the cats stomach the flea is broken down and the tapeworm released. It hooks itself onto the wall of the small intestine and from here develops into the adult tapeworm. It takes around 2-3 weeks to reach maturity, and at this stage small egg filled segments break off and leave the cats body with the faeces.

Signs of tapeworm in your cat, your cat will have small rice like segments around its anus and in its faeces, as tapeworm take nutrients from your cat they may also cause the cat to lose weight and their fur to have a rough appearance.

So how do you get rid of tapeworm in your cat? There are a number of very affective products on the market. The most commonly prescribed is Drontal by Bayer, but please always ask your vet what they would recommend.

Can you catch tapeworms from your cat? No, you can not get tapeworms from your cat, how ever if you happened to swallow an infected flea it may be possible to get tapeworms. Eating fleas is not recommended, and a regular defleaing treatment of pets is.

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