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Going on holiday – what about the cat?

Adam Asked: Going on holiday – what about the cat?

We are going on holiday but what shall we do about the cat? She is stray cat and we can't book her into a cattery and we have no cat flap she just meows when she wants to go out. We do have a shed that she goes in sometimes so we put down carpet and nice padding and a bed for her. will she be ok in there if my neighbors come feed her?

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Posted by admin - July 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

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Rough estimate – electricity in outbuilding?

ferretcharlie Asked: Rough estimate – electricity in outbuilding?

I'm hoping to start a cattery in the near future and am currently putting together a budget. How much would it cost (roughly!) to install electricity to an outside wooden construction? I'd ideally also like to have a socket fitted externally to the building for use in a lean-to greenhouse.

My partner and I have never had any electrical work done so a ball-park figure will stop us getting ripped off.

I'm in the UK.

Thank you!

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what is the average price for boarding kennels?

welshy Asked: what is the average price for boarding kennels?

Ok so i'm planning on starting my own small business and i need to know the average price to keep you're dog/cat in a kennel or cattery and also how do they charge, do they charge per night? per dog or cat or both? if anyone lives in the south wales area idneed the prices from there but anywhere in the UK would also be helpful and if any one owns little furries (rats, rabbits guinea pigs etc.) and they know of any places they take them, prices for that would be helpful also.

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starting small pet boarding?

pipthehamster Asked: starting small pet boarding?

I'm 14 (nearly 15) and live in Dublin. I have a passion for small animals and aspire to becoming a vet when finished school. I have just gotten my summer holidays and I'm looking for a way to earn some money. I was thinking that I could combine the time of year with my love of small animals and start up a small pet boarders for families with hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits etc. where they could leave their little pet for a week or two while they go on holiday. I think it's somewhat of a gap in the market because, although there are plenty of kennels and catteries, there is no where for a guinea pig or a rabbit to stay, apart from the neighbour next door or the loving relative.

It would be a temporary thing for about two months, just until the end of the summer. I was thinking of making posters with my number on them and all the details of my service, to attract pet owners. Because I'm relatively broke, I was thinking that in order to have your pet stay, you'd have to bring the housing, food and toys with you (or anything else your pet might need) so I don't have to buy the necessary equipment. I realise I'd probably have to buy some second-hand hutches for rabbits and guinea pigs, but apart from that, is it ok to ask the owner to supply everything? I would also throw in some extra "free" treats, like all the veg and some of the toys.

I have a relatively small garden, with a small patch of grass, but have a large modern shed, with insulation and a heater. I was thinking of keeping rabbits and guinea pigs in here, then keep hamsters, gerbils, mice etc. in the house. I am aware of care requirements for all the animals I have mentioned and even have my own website on hamsters! (www.thehamsterplace.com – feel free to visit!) And I'll have an adult in the house, pretty much the whole time while keeping the pets, so the actual caring of the animals isn't really an issue. I have knowledge and experience with small animals and they are a true passion of mine.

I suppose the questions I'm really asking are:
-Is any of this even possible?
-Will I need insurance or any legal documents to do this? Even if it's just for two months?
-If I do need any of the above, please specify (remember I live in ireland, so make sure it's under Irish law etc.)
-How much should I charge per night/per animal?
-Is there anything else I'd need to buy apart from a few rabbit hutches and maybe a playpen for the animals? There are plenty of rooms in my house that are safe for little critters to explore, as I let my hamsters wander around all the time.
-Is it ok to let the owner supply everything, since they have it anyway?

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What is this girl getting at here?

MOD COD Asked: What is this girl getting at here?

Basically, I was doing some volunteering at the RSPCA Center in Shrewsbery.
There was this girl there who I like. She's 15 years old. I haven't talked to her before, but she is in my collage- in two of my classes. Any way, we were walking these twin dogs yesterday and I walked up next to her and said, oh ur in my Literature class aren't u. She then said, "Oh, I think so. I think i'm in your Maths class too." So we were talking as we were walking these dogs and I asked her if she had any dogs, and she said no because she has two cats. She was saying that she had walked all of the mad dogs so far as well.
She was smiling as we were walking, but there wasn't much eye contact. She was quite cheerful and happy as well. I don't know if she likes me or not, or if she is just being friendly.
Please let me know what you think. 🙂

Today however, I was in the Cattery helping out with the cats and she came in with her gran. She didn't really come up to me at all.(Just the cats.). Any way, I was in the kennels after that, and she came in, to put a dog away in it's kennel. She was talking to it and all of that and then she came over to the dog I had and said, "awww. This ones so cute isn't she." Then, later on, I was in the cattery sorting out some sheets, and she came in and said, "Hi. You alright- in a kind of girly voice if you know what I mean. I said hi and asked her how she was doing and we were chatting about animals and whether or not she wanted to come again and stuff like that. She seemed to be enjoying talking to me, although, as we were talking, she was walking around looking at cats and I was folding sheets. She was answering back with no short- yes or no answers. Also, every time I made a sarcastic remark, she would chuckle and all of that. Then she said, "any way, I gotta go now, so I'll see you soon.". I said cya and she went. Then she came back about half an hour later and said, "hello, back again!", but then realized that my dad was stood next to me and she carried on smiling and turned around and went back out.
and lastly:

What will a girl say or do if she doesn't like you, but she is being friendly about it?

10 Points for whoever can give me the most honest and descriptive answer that answers all of what I've asked. Plus, i'll answer your question too. Just let me know in your answer if you want me too.

Thanks. 🙂

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Siberian cattery can shipping out?

Happy Asked: Siberian cattery can shipping out?

Any one knows cattery selling Siberian cats with shipping to Dubai??

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cat previous owners demand cat back after 15 months.?

Claire Asked: cat previous owners demand cat back after 15 months.?

I was volunteering at a kennels for a year from 2010-2011, a couple of months before i left i told my supervisor i would be willing to rehome one of their resident cats that was constantly in the cattery as it was getting into fights with her sister and was being bullied by one of the other cats. There were 4 resident cats in total including the cat i now have. My supervisor phoned the managers to ask them as the cat previously belonged to their daughter. When i suggested i was willing to have her they wanted me to take her straight away however i had to decline as i wanted to get extra food, litter and tray in before doing so, so told them i would take her next time i came to work.

At the time i was at college and doing volunteer work.
The managers were quite nasty when i left because when i told my supervisor the date i would be leaving, i stupidly thought she would tell the managers seeing as i never saw them on my two volunteer days so when i didn't turn up for work they thought i just wasn't turning up. When they got in touch with me i told them i told the supervisor three weeks prior on several occasions and they said well she says you didn't and anyway you should give two months notice (this is volunteer work remember), i worked out from the 2 months notice that what they were angry about was that i wouldn't be volunteering over the summer period (peek season). I wouldn't have minded so much but during my time there three people left and they didn't employing any new staff just using two volunteers and one full time member of staff and two weekend staff and the supervisor. My two work days consisted of me (work experience person so inexperienced) one full time staff who also had to do grooming as well as reception and kennel work and the supervisor (who worked on reception but didn't like to be left alone for long periods). To supervise up to 90 cats and dogs they and a few rabbits and other small animals, they do very well so there was always at least 50 cats and dogs all together and some rabbits. And was expected to do maintenance work to all areas which i know is all part of the job but it needs more than two people in my opinion.

Basically before i left my supervisor told me to put my details on a piece of paper such as name address and phone number and she said she would give it the managers so that they could change the cats microchip details.
Now that she is settled and getting on with my other cat i would like to get the microchip details changed however I'm a little worried they will demand her back out of spite.
Can they do this? i've had her for around 15 months now and she was at the kennels a couple of years to my knowledge.
I want to contact the kennels to ask about changing her chip details but i'm a little worried they will ask for her back, am i just being silly?

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Will my cat be ok in a cattery?

Me Asked: Will my cat be ok in a cattery?

This is the first time I've gone away for longer than one night since I split up with my ex partner, and I've nobody to look after my cat (we always went away separately, not for the cats sake but to avoid arguing!!). A neighbour has offered to feed him each day, but is allergic to cats so won't gt physically close, which doesn't give him the amount of fuss he's used to, but at least he'll be in familiar surroundings. The alternative is a cattery, and I've found a really nice one (by my standards, not the cat's), but since my cat will sulk in next doors garden for three days after even going to the vets, I don't know how well he will cope in a cattery. He's 12 and even though I've had him for 10 years, he's stillreally scared and timid, because he was badly treated before I got him.
Anybody else had any experiences of this, and what they've done in the end?

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Will my cat be ok in a cattery?

Me Asked: Will my cat be ok in a cattery?

This is the first time I've gone away for longer than one night since I split up with my ex partner, and I've nobody to look after my cat (we always went away separately, not for the cats sake but to avoid arguing!!). A neighbour has offered to feed him each day, but is allergic to cats so won't gt physically close, which doesn't give him the amount of fuss he's used to, but at least he'll be in familiar surroundings. The alternative is a cattery, and I've found a really nice one (by my standards, not the cat's), but since my cat will sulk in next doors garden for three days after even going to the vets, I don't know how well he will cope in a cattery. He's 12 and even though I've had him for 10 years, he's stillreally scared and timid, because he was badly treated before I got him.
Anybody else had any experiences of this, and what they've done in the end?

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