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Five-star felines

Tuesday, 8th November, 2011

IMPROVEMENTS: Animal attendant Micheal Skewes infront of the new ‘cattery.’ IMPROVEMENTS: Animal attendant Micheal Skewes infront of the new ‘cattery.’

It could very well be labelled as the feline equivalent of a five-star-hotel.

Decked out with reverse-cycle air conditioning and a personal balcony, the city’s cats now have their own holiday resort at the RSPCA to enjoy while their owners spend time away from home.

The unit, which now houses four cats, was recently moved into the rear of the animal shelter.

It’s a first for the city which will provide more “comfortable” accommodation for privately-owned cats according to shelter supervisor, Merridy Wall.

She said the new “cattery” could accommodate up to 12 cats at any one time.

“The units are large enough so that two cats from the same family can be housed together,” Ms Wall said.

She said this was beneficial, as it could reduce stress in the felines whilst they are in an unfamiliar environment.

The shelter’s own vet, Dr Doug Dixon-Hughes said the new building would enable the shelter to monitor each cat closely.

“The old cattery was a communal housing design,” the doctor said.

“This made it more difficult for staff to determine whether all animals were eating and drinking regularly, or if any patterns were being disrupted.”

The cool conditions inside were perfect for the pets yesterday, as the mercury topped 36C.


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