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    Summer Holidays are just around the corner – Cattery Brighton

    Wow!! How are we nearly in June already??

    We say it every year but at Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel we feel like this year is just flying by, it won’t be long until we are closer to this Christmas than Christmas 2017.

    With that in mind we are preparing for a busy summer session at the cattery and are taking bookings for this Christmas period too. By far the busiest sessions we have are the school summer and Christmas holidays when many families take their annual vacations.

    So whilst your booking your trips away, whether abroad or closer to home, spend a few minutes thinking about who will look after your cat. Many people over look this and have a last minute rush to find the puurfect place for their kitty to spend their holidays

    At Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel we are happy to accept bookings for as far in advance as you need. We are also happy to help you with those last minute bookings but cannot guarantee we will have availability during our busiest periods.

    Why send your cat on their holidays to us?

    • Clean, safe runs both indoors and out
    • Friendly, knowledgeable staff who love nothing more than spoiling your cat.
    • Easy access to our cattery, just outside of Brighton
    • Food, litter, toys and bedding supplied (or if you prefer you can bring your own)
    • Lots of cuddles and attention
    • Special diets, medications and needs looked after
    • Stays ranging from 1 night to 1 month or longer. We can have your cat for as long (or short) as you need.

    If you still need some convincing that our services are right for you and your cat/s then give us a call on 01273 857 539 or pop in for a free inspection, no appointment needed.

    Boarding Cats at Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel

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     Taking your cat with you on holiday is, in most owners’ cases, simply not an option. Travelling overseas precludes this and the feline talent as escape artists makes it impractical. For many owners, kennelling their pets while they travel is the best solution. Your pet is safe and well looked after and you can relax.

    Many owners still worry about leaving their cats in catteries, however, as they are unsure how their cat will cope. Here are some tips on helping your cat have a great holiday too.

    Start young

    The best time to get your cat used to a cattery or kennel is while they are young. Kittens accept new situations readily and will cope well with change. Book your kitten in to your chosen boarding establishment for a night or two. This will ensure your cat accepts their holiday location in the future.

    If you haven’t done this and your cat is now an adult, don’t worry too much. Your cat can still accept their new holiday locations later in life. A test night or two, prior to leaving them for a longer vacation period, may help ease your pet into their holiday and may assure you too, that your pet is safe and comfortable.

    Cattery check

    Most owners relax when they know their pet is comfortable and well taken care of. This means being confident in the care that their chosen boarding establishment offers. It is essential that you do your research when choosing a kennel or cattery. Visit several and see what they have to offer. Ensure they are clean and that the cats in residence at the time look well and happy. Ask any questions you may have, however silly you think they may be. You can be sure the staff have heard the same question on numerous occasions.

    What your cat needs

    All cats are individuals and you, as an owner, are best at knowing your cat’s requirements – for comfort, diet, grooming and playtime. Check that the boarding facility provides the services your cat needs.

    Cats tend not to be too sociable with other cats. For this reason most boarding facilities keep cats separate. If you have more than one cat, you may like them to stay together. Remember, however, that in confined circumstances, they cannot get away from one another so ensure they truly are happy spending time together.

    Coming home

    Owners are often surprised to find that their cat does not jump for joy when they return home. In fact, quite the opposite and the cat often has a very quiet, watchful phase. This is perfectly normal and does not mean your cat loves you less or is paying you back for leaving. It is simply an animal’s way of integrating themselves back into their social circle. They will be back to normal before long.

    If only one animal has been boarding and is then reintroduced to others, keep a watchful eye on proceedings. Interactions are often intense at these times and may even result in short bursts of aggression. Give each pet space and life should return to normal soon.

    Come and visit us to find out more

    Out Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel, we encourage all prospective clients to come and visit us before they use our services. We are more than happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have. We are located 10 minutes outside of Brighton in beautiful countryside. No appointment necessary,

    To find out more or to make a booking please call us on 01273 857 539, we look forward to hearing from you

    RSPCA’s Top 10 Cat Facts

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    Read the article below, taken from https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats to find out more about how the RSPCA recommend we look after our feline friends.

    Cats come in all sorts of different sizes, body shape and temperament. We have lots of advice for cat owners – including tips on understanding cat behaviour; when and why to neuter and specific advice on how to look after a kitten during those first few weeks and months.

    What makes cats great? Everything they do! They can be affectionate, playful, energetic and lazy. Just take a look at Ralph – how can you resist his handsome face?

    Check out our top ten cat facts!

    No two cats are the same, but insight into the biology and behaviour of cats can help you to understand your pet better.

    1. Cats have highly developed senses. Cats can detect higher frequencies of sound than dogs or humans. They have an excellent sense of smell, superior to humans and they can see better than us in dark and dim light!
    2. Cats are expert hunters. Cats hunt alone – in the wild they’ll spend 6-8 hours a day hunting. They can hear the high pitched frequencies used by small rodents and their whiskers or ‘vibrissae’, are highly sensitive to vibrations, helping them to detect prey.
    3. Cats are agile. Cats have powerful, tightly controlled muscles and fast reflexes that allow them to move quickly and gracefully. They are skilled at running, jumping, climbing, and stealthily stalking prey.
    4. Cats use a range of methods to communicate. Communication sounds include purrs, ‘meows’, trills, chirrups, growls, yowls, and hisses. They also communicate visually using different body postures as well as visual markers such as scratch marks or the deposition of faeces.
    5. Cats are independent. Survival is a solitary affair for cats; they are self-reliant for food, shelter, grooming and territory defence. They can be social but prefer to choose their own companions.
    6. Cats are territorial. A cat’s territory is an area that is defended, aggressively if required, against other cats. They use a range of methods to mark their territory, including scratching, spraying urine and depositing faeces. Help keep your cat safe outside.
    7. Cats are meat eaters. Meat is an important part of a cat’s diet. Eating meat is important for cats; they cannot survive without the nutrients found in animal-derived materials.
    8. Cats love cat naps! Domestic cats sleep for 12-18 hours a day! Sleep allows energy resources to be replenished so is vital for a predator that needs to be ready to hunt whenever it detects prey.
    9. Cats are playful. Cats are intelligent and need both mental and physical stimulation. Play is important as it improves motor skills, provides brain training and encourages social behaviour. Keep your cats entertained with our range of fun toys.
    10. Cats are clean animals. Tiny abrasive hooks, found on the centre of cats’ tongues, helps them to groom themselves efficiently. Grooming keeps a cat’s coat in good condition and also helps to remove fleas and other parasites. Read more about keeping cats in tip top condition.

    Why use a cattery for your cats next holiday? Cat Sitting in Brighton

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    When going on holiday it is easy to get carried away and forget that your cat needs to be looked after too. Remember it may not just be you that is taking a holiday.

    There are a few options for cat care whilst you are away, such as home pet sitting or catteries. Both are brilliant ways of ensuring care for your cat.

    There are many catteries to choose from, cats can grow accustomed to their change of environment more quickly than we might at first think. Many boarding places are even equipping the living quarters of the cattery with home comforts such as televisions and sofas, so your cat will settle in and feel more at home with these familiar items around. Moving from a lively home with children, games and music may be missed by your cat if you take them to a very quiet cattery. Avoiding as much disruption as possible will help your cat greatly.

    It is wise when choosing a cattery to visit a few and get a feel for the accommodation, routine and staff. You need to be sure that your cat will be properly looked after and receive the food they like, have warm and comfortable living quarters and will get adequate exercise. If you are not happy with the cattery then do not send your cat there. The last thing you would want to be doing whilst on holiday is worrying about your cat and the care that you have left them in.

    Familiarity always assists a stay in a cattery. If you cat has a favourite blanket, toy or bed, make sure you take it with you to the cattery. Not only will it make your cat comfortable, but it will bring the scent from your home, instantly making your cat feel more at home.

    At Poynings Cat Boarding hotel, near Brighton your cats happiness and well being are paramount. Our staff ensure each cat gets individual care and attention and as much love and affection as they need. To us cats are like family and we want to make sure that your cat feels like one of our family when they stay with us, for however long or short.

    Why not pop in to checkout our facilities, we welcome visitors, no appointment necessary or you can call us on 01273 857 539 to find out more.

    Dangerous Foods For Cats- Poynings Cattery Brighton

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    Foods that you should avoid giving to your cat, or allowing them access to are:

    • Alcohol – can be potentially fatal in cats, causing brain and liver damage
    • Baby food containing onion powder – human baby food is not nutritionally balanced for cats, and can contain toxic onion powder which can cause haemolytic anaemia
    • Chocolate – contains theobromine and caffeine which can lead to heart problems, muscles tremors or seizures
    • Citrus oil extracts – can cause severe vomiting
    • Cooked bones – can splinter can cause  obstructions and perforations of the gastrointestinal tract. If you feed your cat bones, ensure they are always fresh and raw.
    • Coffee, tea and energy drinks – contain caffeine which can cause restlessness, muscles tremors and heart palpitations
    • Diets that are predominately raw fish  – are often deficient in thiamine due the presence of enzymes that break down the thiamine. If feeding raw fish, only offer once to twice weekly or alternatively cook before serving.
    • Diets with excessive/large amounts of liver – liver is very high in Vitamin A which can be toxic if fed in excess. Only small amounts of liver should be fed
    • Dog food – can cause severe nutritional deficiencies
    • Grapes and raisins – can cause kidney failure
    • Garlic and onions – can cause haemolytic anaemia
    • Mouldy food – including dairy products, bread, rice, fruits and nuts. Can contain mycotoxins which cause tremors, vomiting, rapid heart rate and breathing, and in severe cases convulsions. (More common in dogs)
    • Potato, rhubarb and tomato leaves and stems, green tomatoes – contain poisonous alkaloid glycoalkaloid solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal problems
    • Sugar-laden foods, high carbohydrate foods – cats are obligate carnivores and high carbohydrate foods can lead to obesity, dental problems, and diabetes mellitus

    If you need your cat looked after whilst you are away then give us a call on 01273 857 539. We pride ourselves on providing top care for all cats and kittens. Pop over to visit us in Brighton, no appointment needed

    How to recognise and reduce stress in your cat

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    It’s the rare cat who faces stressful events with barely a twitch of the whiskers. Even the most confident, laid-back felines inevitably have moments where they shoot under the bed and refuse to come out.

    This skittish behavior can have roots in a lack of early socialization or bad experiences. But it’s also been handed down to today’s kitties from their wild ancestors. As a species, cats are not only predators, but prey. So thousands of years of evolution have taught them to keep their guard up, just in case.

    Of course, your cat probably has to worry more about the vacuum cleaner than a wild animal. But that doesn’t mean that the stress, anxiety and fear she feels is any less real. In fact, it’s a neuro-chemical reaction that takes place in the brain, bringing about the well-known fight or flight response. Since stress can affect your cat’s mental and physical wellbeing, it’s important to take steps to alleviate her anxiety.

    A number of things can cause your cat stress, but change is at the heart of most of them. Houseguests, separation from you, moving to a new home, visits to the vet, a new dog, cat or kid in the family – these can all send kitty’s anxiety level sky-high.

    The first step in helping your cat is learning to recognize the subtle and not so subtle signs of stress, including:

    • Hiding
    • Large pupils
    • Compulsive grooming
    • Excessive vocalization
    • Eliminating outside the litter box
    • Not eating
    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    Of course, the best strategy is to anticipate stressful events and make a plan for keeping kitty calm. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    Create a Cat-Only Zone

    Create a Cat-Only Zone

    Planning a party? Having work done to your home? Expecting houseguests? Give your cat a safe, quiet, calm place to hide away, preferably in a favorite area of your home. Ask others not to disturb your cat in her sanctuary.

     

     

     

     

     

    Offer Escape Routes

    Offer Escape Routes

    If your cat hates to be shut up in one room, or it’s just not feasible in your situation, make sure she has an out-of-the-fray way to navigate around your home. Never block the path from, say, your bedroom to the litter box … or you may end up with an unpleasant surprise.

     

     

     

     

     

    Do Some CAT-isthenics

    Do Some CAT-isthenics

    Pent-up energy can fuel anxiety, so playing with your cat is a great way to help her burn off stress. Pull an enticing toy along the floor or flip it into the air, move your hands under a sheet so she can attack the “bed rat,” or offer her an automated cat toy. Hopefully, she’ll be so pleasantly tired that she’ll snooze through the whole event.

     

     

     

     

    Respect Boundariest

    Respect Boundaries

    One mistake pet parents sometimes make is thinking that their cat just needs more exposure to “get over” their fears. This approach almost never works and can erode your kitty’s trust in you. If she prefers to stay hidden, respect her wishes. But if she happens to venture out, reward her bravery with lots of treats and praise.

     

     

     

     

    Get Set for the Vet

    Get Set for the Vet

    Regular vet visits are important to keep your cat healthy and happy. But most of us – both feline and human – dread these annual trips. Reduce stress by making the carrier a safe, familiar place. Leave it out in a favorite room and make it comfy with soft bedding and catnip spray. You may also want to look for a Fear-Free Certified Veterinarian, who has been trained in techniques that reduce or remove anxiety triggers for their animal clients.

     

     

     

     

    Finding a perfect boarding hotel for your cat whilst you are away is essential, At Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel we do our upmost to ensure your cat is as relaxed and stress free as possible during their stay with us. We welcome you to visit our cattery, 7 days a week to inspect the accomodation, you know your cat better than anyone and best set to decide whether we are the right fit for you and your cat. Call us today on 01273 857 539 to find out more or pop in for a visit – we can’t wait to see you.

    How to Keep Your Cat Health – Poynings Cattery, Brighton

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    Catss are not only a member of the house but they quickly become a big parts of our life.  Read below some of our tips to ensure your cat stays happy and healthy.

    Give your cat good quality food: A good diet for your cat can surely help you to save money on its health. If your cat is not allergic or any special diet is not being prescribed by the vet it is better to give a low carb, moisture rich varied diet. According to a senior vet high protein diets especially dehydrated ones lead to put pressure on the kidney and liver of your best friend.

    Playful cat, Healthy cat: Cuddling your cat is fine, recommended even! But do not make him lazy one. TEnsure your cat gets regular exercise as it can help the bone structure of your cat.

    Healthy teeth speak lot: It is not only human but healthy teeth can speak a lot about the health of your cat Hereby, it is important to take care of the teeth, gums health of your cat.

     

    A vet is must for your baby: Yes, just like paediatric doctors are needed for human babies a vet is a must for your pet. A holistic veterinarian can guide you through about the health of the dog as well as can help you about the needless medications of the pet.

    Finally,  when it comes to make your cat healthy, the biggest involvement should be of yours. You must give the cat the love that it deserves. A loved cat will always remain a happy cat.

    21 Cool Cat Facts

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    All cat lovers will tell you that cats are incredible. They are loving, fun, loyal, clever – well really there just aren’t enough words to tell you just how amazing they are! But how much do you actually know about them? Have a read below to find out our favourite 20 cat facts.

    1. The average cat sleeps 16-18 hours per day.

    2. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk.

    3. Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.

    4. A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.”

    5. Cats can get tapeworm from eating mice.

    6. Cats have more than 100 different vocal sounds.

    7. An adult cat has 30 adult teeth.

    8. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.

    9. A cat can jump approximately seven times its height.

    10. A female cat carries her kittens for about 58-65 days before they are born.

    11. Cats cannot taste anything sweet.

    12. A cat’s sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.

    13. A group of kittens is called a kindle; a group of adult cats is called a clowder.

    14. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.

    15. Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate.

    16. A cat’s whiskers aren’t just for show – they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark.

    17. Cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels.

    18. Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together.

    19. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to clean groom themselves.

    20. Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!

    If you need an outstanding place for you cat to stay whilst you are away, whether for the weekend or on holiday then give us a call on 01273 857 539

     

    How To Prepare Yourself for a New Cat

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    If you are thinking about adopting a new cat, then you have probably thought about adapting your home as well. Since those little furballs are pretty curious, you’ve come to the right place to learn about bringing a new pet into your home and the steps you should take to make sure that their insatiable curiosity doesn’t become their downfall. These tips will help you kitten-proof your home and prepare yourself for your new furry friend.

    Make a safe place

    When you bring a new kitten home, it will probably try to hide underneath a bed or behind the couch until it feels comfortable enough to explore the new surroundings. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings, and some may hide for days or even weeks. Try to make sure that you don’t leave space behind your furniture because you will have a huge problem with feeding your new kitten or showing it the litter box it should use. Make a safe place within your house where the cat can go and relax, or hide away when it needs to. You have to give it time to feel secure in your home. It can be a regular small cardboard box or even a shoebox. Cut out the small hole that can be used as an entrance and place the box somewhere in the corner. That way you will create a small safe corner shelter for your kitten.

    Move stuff from floor to shelves

    Look at your home with a curious cat’s eye view for climbing and exploring potential. First of all, forget about decorative accents on the floors or lower shelves. Kittens are like most babies, pretty clumsy and curious and they will most definitely try to climb on, jump over, and subtly wriggle between your furniture and all breakable decoration. Also, put potted plants on the top shelves since your new kitten will probably play with it and dig a hole in the soil or simply nibble the leaves. If you wonder why, well, it’s just because they want to do it. But they look so cute doing it! Also, put away all unnecessary items or if you are ready to get rid of the excessive belongings contact rubbish removal services to save time, money and give your full attention to your new cat in your (now) minimalistic home.

    New kitten essentials

    Let’s start with the necessary items you will need to set up space and make your new kitten feel more secure in your home. So, you will need a litter box and litter (it would be great if you could use the same type the kitten used – ask the previous owners so that it doesn’t feel confused). Dishes for food and water (avoid purchasing plastic or steel ones, opt for ceramics – easier to clean and healthier to eat from, plus they don’t keep the smell of food). A cat mat for dishes (to reduce the kitten mess), a scratching surface (kitty needs to take care of its claws) as well as a few cat toys and a comfy bed for your fur baby (even though your lap will probably be the best bed for your new kitty). If possible, buy a cat tree for your new family member. Cats like to survey their territory, so a high perch is often a favoured resting place.

    The types of litter

    When picking a litter type, avoid strongly scented ones and try not to mix them (avoid buying different type with every purchase). It’s a good idea to choose the soft type at the beginning since kittens have the most sensitive paws (and definitely the cutest and fluffiest ever). Make sure to choose a shallow enough litter box to make it easier for your little ball of fur to enter. You can also put a cat mat underneath the litter box and prevent messiness around it.

    Carefully choose the food

    Make sure you purchase food according to your kitten’s age since they need a lot of energy to play and grow in their first few months and therefore stronger food. It’s best to give your cat the same food they ate at the shelter or foster home, at least at first. The junior cat food has enough vitamins, high-quality ingredients and everything your kitten needs to grow which is extremely important from the start. Plus, it is softer, so it is easy for them to eat it. And remember to follow the portion dosage to avoid having an overweight cat with health problems.

    Patiently train your cat

    Teach your cat things it should and shouldn’t do but do it patiently. You shouldn’t allow your kitten climb on tables for example because if it gets used to doing so, there is almost no chance to change that kind of behaviour later on.

    Finally, after following these tips, your home will be perfectly set for your new bestie. And remember, set boundaries but don’t yell at the kitten, you don’t want to traumatise it or make it aggressive to people when it grows up. And pet your kitten a lot; the purring has a great impact on people as well!

    Have a plan for when you need to go away

    It is important to ensure you have reliable, affordable care for your new kitten when you go away, whether for a long holiday or a weekend break. Kittens need alot of care and attention and it is essential to make sure they are with someone who can look after their needs. This could be a family member, friend or a cattery. Do you research and visit where you think you would like your kitten to stay before you need to drop them off. If you are stressed or not happy with the level of care and accomodation then so will your cat be.

    At Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel we ensure each cat/kitten receives all the care and attention they require. We have over 10 years experience in looking after cats and kittens of all breeds, shapes and sizes. We encourage clients to visit our cattery – no appointment necessary 7 days a week. To find out more call us on 01273 857 539

    Modern, spacious cattery in Poynings, Brighton.

    At Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel we have a modern cattery with spacious runs overlooking our gardens. If your beloved cat needs a home away from home book him or her in to our luxury cat boarding accommodation. Cats generally prefer their own company, so each of our cat guests has their own private accommodation with all the creature comforts of home. When two cats are from the same family we are happy to house them in shared accommodation.

    • Cat runs are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily
    • Scratch posts are provided for cats to keep their claws sharpened
    • Cat toys for cats to pounce and play
    • Cuddles and pampering to make your cat feel right at home

    We encourage all of our loving pet owners to come and take a look at our cattery in Poynings, Brighton before booking their cat into our cat boarding accommodation. Our friendly staff will show you around the cattery and answer any questions you may have.  We recommend that you transport your cat to us in a secure cat carrier. If you don’t have one, we have cat carriers available from our Cattery free of charge.

    Please feel free to bring any of your cats’ creature comforts from home to help them enjoy their stay in our cattery. Baskets, beds, toys or blankets are all welcome.

    For even the fussiest furry feline friend, call Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel.  Call us on 01273 857 539 to book in your cats stay or find out more.