As you make the move to breeding you will have
Therefore your cattery design is important.
It’s not just additional
cats – there’s more food, more supplies, more cleaning, more
litterboxes…more! Is it possible to integrate a cattery into a home for
personal attention? Is a separate structure a better idea? There’s so
much information and misinformation!
The CFA requirement is 30 cubic feet
of space for each cat
but more is better! A wall sized walk-in that is 4 feet by 3 feet floor
to ceiling can hold two queens comfortably. Remember this is cubic feet
– make use of *up*!
Keep it interesting for your girls with shelves
secured to the sides, private hide spots, resting boards and places to
climb. While you might not want them on the good
series of steps or something to climb on can keep the cats ‘busy’
than just eating and getting fat. Overweight
queens can have more
problems with fertility
so it’s a point to take strongly.
- Space is only part
- Ventilation can
the health and decrease respiratory diseases.
is an important consideration.
- Storing of food
as well as feeding and watering your cats is a consideration.
includes cleaning everything – the litter boxes, the cat’s home, the
dishes and bowls and whatever else your cats come into contact with on
a regular basis. For reasons of sanitation many people like the
stainless steel bowls that wear well and are easy to clean. They can be
disinfected much easier than plastic.
An 11X14 area, planned
efficiently, can house three queens, two males, a play area for
kittens, bathing, grooming and storage area. This includes floor to
ceiling walk in areas with electric run throughout.
Keep the cattery design simple and
easy to clean.
For all the fancy scratching posts many cats
find preference to using a
length of firewood! Where you have room for your cattery is certainly a
consideration. Some use
- unused room in their
- storage shed refitted to use,
- garage or a protected area in the
In cattery design, weigh heavily considerations such as weather – are
enough to keep air cool for the cat’s comfort and in the winter do they
have a warm area to be?
Remember that although cats can survive
quite well in a carport with protection even in cold weather for show
and breeding cats you’re asking them to do more than survive. They must
thrive and be productive with healthy litters of top babies!
little more discouraging than to plan for a litter, spent time and
money preparing for them and lose them in a late spring storm because
you thought the litter was sheltered and warm enough.
- Have a
plan for washing litter boxes and waste disposal.
- Do you really want to
soak pans in the kitchen sink or would a deep sink just for that
purpose be better?
- Do you have a plan for keeping food clean and
- If you are feeding raw do you have a freezer
for the cat food near
Remember if you purchase
supplies in bulk
you can often get a better deal
but then must store the food. One large bag can fit in a Rubbermaid
container – but what if you purchase 500 pounds at a time? This same
applies for litter – what kind and where will it be stored? Keeping
supplies near to the same area means a more efficient system. If you
have to haul in 50 pounds of litter every other day it’s too easy to
let it go an extra day, or two days! Make it easy on yourself as well
as the cats! Make your cattery design as efficient as possible.
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