Lara Cattery recently attended the Pet Industry Association conference in Cairns. These conferences help us keep up to date with information about nutrition, animal welfare, care of the pet when boarding etc. A great talk by Dr Kim Kendall a veterinary feline specialist in NSW. Her observations and recommendations regarding feline behaviour make us feel that we have got it right in the way we care for your pets here at Lara Cattery.
We take Work Experience Students from the Gordon TAFE in Geelong who are studying Certificate Three in Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Students from Melbourne University.
They have the opportunity to gain insight into cat psychology, learn the principles of cross infection and why we work the way we do. Practice first class hygiene and discussions on cattery design and management overseas.
We do this to help improve feline care and management in catteries as these people when qualified will be the first port of call for many owners when asking questions about their pets.
“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat”!
Cats are different from dogs, why?
Your cat is an independent self contained machine. It does not rely on a pack as does the dog and consequently has had no need to develop hierarchical social organization. Dogs have developed many submissive postures such as avoiding eye contact, wagging their tails etc. Your cat has no need for this as it is a solitary hunter and can only rely on itself. Consequently in our interaction with our cats we can get it wrong if we compare their behavior with that of a dog!
Social bonding between cats is usually defined by sitting close together, mutual grooming and sleeping or dozing together. Try a slow blink to your cat whilst talking to her, blinking and yawning are bonding signals.
If you have more than one cat in a household the dynamics between them can sometimes be up and down. Some cats will just tolerate each other and have no problems as long as there is enough space for them to get away. As they have not developed the messages that dogs use to appease, cats will prefer to avoid, threaten or fight with each other, consequently being crowded can be stressful for cats.
If you’re looking for a cattery in Geelong who understands your cat, contact us to make a booking or to inspect our facilities.
90 Coonawarra Drive,
03 5282 5555
Would not send our cats anywhere else. We've been leaving our cats in their competent care for well over a decade now.
We have always taken our kitties to this wonderful cattery. It is clean,no urine smells or litter smells at all and so well set up for our Cats to enjoy their time there, he owners and wonderful staff obviously love Cats and it shows, as the cats are always happy when we drop them off and pick them up.
We always recommend Lara Cattery to our friends and family members. A+++++
Excellent enclosures with an outside run which my cat immediately goes to. Very clean, lots of cosy bedding. Smokey goes there and comes home with no change in behaviour, very settled.
Very clean and well organised. Cats are very well cared for. Will definitely use again.
We've been using Lara Cattery for three years now and the care and environment are great. I recommend it.We've been using Lara Cattery for three years now and the care and environment are great. I recommend it.
We have taken our cats to the Lara Cattery for many years and would highly recommend this cattery to anyone. The enclosures are always pristine as is the rest of the facility. We currently have an elderly cat and she is a very special member of our family that our children have grown up with. Lorraine and Paul take great care to ensure she is comfortable, warm and relaxed in her aging years and also make a special effort to monitor her well-being in extremely hot weather. Their care and knowledge of each individual cat's requirements is extraordinary and they care for each animal as if it was their own special family pet. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Lara Cattery to anyone with a special feline friend.
Stands well above other catteries I have boarded my cats at in terms of hygiene standards and individual care.
Genuine, knowledgeable attention and care for well being of all cats boarded.
Pleasant, comfortable accommodation. Highly recommend!
We like to go away on holiday and be secure in the knowledge our cats are safe. In Christchurch our cats were in care for 2 months after the earthquakes and we took the time to visit about 6 catteries before we decided on the best one. With Lara Cattery we didn't need to look any further - THIS WAS IT! Paul and Lorraine are experienced cat people, not a large business running small pens with their holiday cats inside, row after row. This is a select place, but huge in size and lots of room. One of our cats is purely outdoors, but at this place he is content and comes home his usual self. That's what we like, and we can go away feeling safe and happy our cats are in the best of care. I wouldn't bother inspecting all the places around, just a waste of time. I have never compared the rates because if you are happy with a place, money doesn't come into it really.
My Abyssinian cat, Sos, is my baby. I've been sending him to Lara Cattery now for 13 years. The time he spends there has varied from a couple of days to a couple of months.The facilities are clean, large, and cat friendly. When travelling overseas (as the crazy cat lady I am) I often email Lorraine to check on Sos' condition. Lorraine is always patient, understanding and replies to my emails in a timely fashion. She once even spent a good 10minutes, over the phone, detailing the cattery's fire plan. One of the best services that the Lara Cattery offer, are the personal drop-offs and pick-ups. As I live in Melbourne and am a creature of convenience, this service is ideal for me and ensures that Sos, in rural settings, has a larger space to roam and is not locked away in a dingy city cell.
My cat was a rescue animal so I was very cautious about leaving him in catteries, however Lara Cattery is by far the best place I have used and I wouldn't consider using anyone else. Paul and Lorraine make a point of knowing each cat that comes into their care, and they are fantastic. The pens are spacious and clean and allow for the cats to be outside in their own courtyard. Above anything else my boy is always happy and relaxed when I pick him up which means the world to me.
My wife and I have two cats and we have travelled regularly, requiring on many occasions lodgings for our precious furry friends. So over many years, we have had our cats boarded at no less than 5 catteries in the Geelong region. Always searching for a better level of care as the cats aged, our most recent lodgings for them some three years ago was the Lara Cattery. We have always inspected any potential lodgings and talked with the owners before making a decision. These premises were so clean you could eat your lunch off the floor. Such presentation was not just "put on" for our visit, as we have called in unannounced on other occasions, and always found the place immaculately clean and tidy. The owners here have provided a level of care and attention for our now-geriatric cats that goes way above and beyond the call of duty. Every request was heeded, daily details were logged on such things as bowel movements, quantities of food eaten, medications administered and general observations as to the behaviour of the animals. One cat required extra feeding daily, and this was gladly taken care of. Apprehensively, we dropped him off in a relatively frail state, and we were pleasantly surprised to discover on our return that his overall condition had improved and he had actually gained weight. We had never experienced this level of care and responsibility before, and consequently have continued to utilise their services, and have no hesitation in recommending this facility to the most fastidious cat owner.
We've been sending our cat here for years now. Even though it's a 35 minute drive from home we drop him off with confidence. It's hard to find a cattery that provides an outdoor space for cats. Our favourite feline enjoys the opportunity to get sun and fresh air in his private courtyard. Lorraine is always communicative and has alerted us promptly when our cat wasn't eating on one occasion. This was resolved promptly when she gave him the food we requested. Our cat can be a little temperamental but Lorraine makes us feel at ease and we feel assured he is in good hands. We would happily recommend this cattery.
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