Starting a Cattery – What you need to know…
Running a Boarding Cattery is a very rewarding and fulfilling way of life and all our customers tell us it is a lifestyle rather than a job. Flexible hours and being able to work from home is becoming increasingly popular – whether it’s an intimate four pen cattery or a commercial 50 pen outfit, the following pages will give you all the information you need to get started.
We are always here to help – no question is a silly question. We understand how daunting starting up can be so please pick up the phone for a chat!
What will it cost?
Lindee Lu offers you the whole package. From the initial free site visit, bespoke design service and quotation through to delivery and installation, we look after you all the way. We can supply all the information you will need to submit your planning permission, including design and access statements, list of materials and exact dimensions.
You should expect to pay in the region of £2,250.00 + VAT per pen, excluding heating, lighting, delivery and installation.
Boarding Cattery Model Licence Conditions 2013
Papers published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in November 2013 advise that all new build Catteries should have our Walk – In Chalet style houses.
4ft by 4ft with a full height doorway and two interior shelves. A fully opening window leading to the sunning shelf and ladder is a favourite place to be!
A 4ft Walk in Chalet will accommodate two cats from the same family.
See inside a pen construction
How much room will I need?
Which type of base foundation will I need for my Cattery?
Larger catteries sit on top of a concrete pad. We can give you the exact dimensions for this and it is important that your cattery sits with a slight overhang to allow rain water to run away from the building rather than onto the concrete and underneath your houses.
For smaller catteries (up to 5 houses) we can provide our tanalised wood bases which we then cover with a hard wearing vinyl. This will leave you with an easy to clean, beautifully warm flooring throughout your cattery.
Our bases sit on a level hard core which is a lot less intrusive than a concrete pad in your garden.
Per 4ft pen: £490.61 + vat
What else will I need?
Regulations do not allow you to wash litter trays and food dishes in your own domestic kitchen so you will need to have access to a separate sink with hot running water for this purpose. Another useful item is a washing machine for all the hairy bedding you will have.
Storage space is a must for the large bags of litter and don’t forget some customers will want to leave their cat boxes with you too!
A reception room to sign your guests in and welcome any visitors is a necessity and the nearer to the cattery this is, the better.
All these rooms can be built into your cattery and, if required, come fitted with vinyl flooring.
Heaters and lights
A safe alternative to using lamps for catteries, the Pet Cassette produces an even radiant heat that is maintained at a safe level by an internal thermostat, ensuring a gentle efficient distribution of warmth over a wide area.
Designed for direct fitting onto a wall or ceiling, the Pet Cassette is available in two sizes:
Small: 380 x 410mm, 110watts, 240 volts
Large: 380 x 790mm, 225watts, 240 volts
The Pet cassette has a conveniently placed red neon indicator lamp, indicating that the unit is on and has an easy to clean, hard wearing finish
We fit our panel heaters onto the back walls of each house with the cables being installed into the insulated walls for extra safety for your visitors.
The thermostatic temperature will fluctuate between 65 and 75 degrees. The inbuilt thermal cut out will activate at 75 degrees but switch the heater back on once the temperature drops back to 65 degrees.
The option of safety corridor strip lighting is available.
A qualified electrician will need to wire your cattery up to your mains electricity supply.