About 1200 boarding catteries are mapped (listed now – please see update). The idea is to facilitate finding a suitable cattery that is close to you.
The things that concern me when I look for a boarding cattery are (a) its distance from me and (b) its quality. The travelling distance is important because it is nearly always stressful taking your cat to either a vet or in this case a boarding cattery; the closer the better – less stress for both of you. This map should help a lot in that respect.
There are many directory websites that list all manner of businesses including boarding catteries and there are specialist website directories that just list boarding catteries. They are classic looking directories: lists with details and sometimes including maps. However, you don’t get an overview that lets you see at a glance where the catteries are in relation to you. I hope that this map overcomes that deficiency.
As I say above, there are over 1000 cat hotels mapped below. They were mapped automatically by Google using by and large good and accurate addresses. Because of the large number I am unable to check everyone. Random checks by me indicate accurate mapping. However, if you see a fault I would be pleased to hear from you.
I don’t know how many UK boarding catteries there are but I believe that 90% of them are on this map. Use of map: zoom in to where you live using the controls that are situated at the top-left of the map. The place markers will then be clear and separated. Then click on the place markers to see some details which will allow you to make enquiries. Controls using keys: To zoom in use the “+” key. Zoom out use the minus key. To move the map use the arrow keys. Hold the key down to move the map fast.
Change forced on me…Sorry
Google terminated the software upon which the map below was built. I have converted it to a list in alphabetical order. Not bad. It may even be better.
You can scroll down to ‘Z’! And you can scroll right to see the phone numbers.
In using this UK boarding catteries map, you will find that only about half of all the catteries have websites. This is because (a) they don’t have the ability to create their own site or don’t want to be bothered and are unwilling to pay someone to do it for them and (b) there are numerous directory websites where their business can be found.
The directories are satisfactory. However a website show us what is happening on the ground and is generally quite a good guide as to the quality of service and facilities that you might expect. Consequently, all things being equal, where there are two catteries that look suitable, I would first choose the one that has a website or the better website.
Things to think about
You’ll probably need to have up to date documentary evidence that your cat has been vaccinated. The problem with boarding catteries is that there are a lot of cats in a small space. This allows contagious diseases to spread. On one occasion, a cattery I used sprayed my cat with a flea treatment without my permission. Chemical flea treatments can be harmful. I would ask about that before making a decision. Ask too if they have access to a veterinarian and what they do if a cat becomes ill. Some cats can become stressed by the experience. This may lead to illness or bring forward an underlying illness that might need urgent treatment. Is the boarding cattery positioned to deal with that? Can you provide your own food? The answer will nearly always be yes.
If you have issues with this UK boarding catteries map, please tell me.