Work Placements We recognise that young people need to be supported so they can become our future veterinary surgeons, nurses and animal carers. We realise the difficulty in securing student work placements due to the additional financial, health & safety and supervisory support required. In partnership with our local schools, colleges and universities we occasionaly offer a limited number of places to those motivated in pursuing a career in animal care. Mental Health - We have in the past supported a few adults and young people with complex mental health needs to engage in work experience, however as a small business we are currently unable to offer the level of support required to deliver this.
Many people become anxious at the thought of leaving their beloved cat in someone else’s care while they are away, some to the extent that they feel quite unable to go on holiday, even for a couple of days. But there are excellent boarding catteries available. Question is, how do you gauge the quality?
Controversy surrounds cat nutrition, just as it does human nutrition. And few topics garner more attention than the wet vs. dry food debate.
•Dry complete diets have some specific plus points. They are convenient, easy to measure and use, easier to store and have a longer shelf-life once opened than wet foods. They also help to remove plaque from the teeth. If you choose a dry food, you can expect your cat to chew it more actively and take longer to eat, to drink more water and to return regularly to the food rather than eating it all at once. Unlike many dogs, cats prefer to crunch on their dry food and generally find it less attractive when soaked, so keep it dry.
Ensure your cat has clean, fresh water to drink at all times!
•Some cats simply prefer wet food's aroma and texture, and wet can still be very convenient with single-serve formats ensuring a fresh, easy-to-serve meal each time. Your cat will also eat more in one sitting rather than going back and forth, and will drink less. Serve the food at room temperature to ensure your cat can taste and smell it properly. Warming up an opened can may take up to two hours from being taken out of the fridge - alternatively, you might consider microwaving canned foods for a short time, but be careful of hot spots. In general, avoid serving food that is either too hot or too cold.
Vaccination and protection from disease of cats boarding in a cattery is very important. Anywhere where numbers of cats are kept closely together gives the potential for diseases to spread. The cat viruses are very adept at this. The leading veterinary professional bodies regularly look at the guidelines for vaccinating cats and we have used these guidelines in general here to help ensure owners can understand how to maximise protection. Based on (WSAVA) Guidelines for the Vaccination of Cats (2010)
For all cats, including those entering a cattery, it is essential that they have received vaccines for the ‘core’ infectious agents, these are:
Core Infectious Agents
The following guidelines are intended to help veterinary staff understand what vaccinations are required for UK Licensed Catteries to board cats with various vaccination histories. It follows The Cat Group Policy Statement and WSAVA Guidelines. It is not intended to replace manufacturers licence guidelines or the advice of a veterinary surgeon.