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Canberra cattery recommendations?

By Jueves 27 October 2010 45

Christmas holidays will soon be upon us, so it’s time to consider what to do with the kitty-cat whilst away.

Although he’s black and white so would fit in quite nicely with the drain cats, I’m thinking of placing him in a cattery over the Christmas period.

Any suggestions of good catteries in Canberra? I’m not too fussed on the price; I just want to make sure puss receives some quality care.

From perusing their website, Curtin Cat Care looks reasonable, but does anyone have personal experience with them?

And on an unrelated note, are there any pet grooming places in Canberra that trim/clip cats? We appear to have an abundance of dog groomers, but I’ve yet to see a listing that mentions cats.

Is that because it’s not advisable to clip them?


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Thumper 6:36 pm 18 Oct 11

Go back to the start of this thread and you’ll see a reason why not to use a certain Canberra based cattery.

etr420 5:29 pm 18 Oct 11

We’ve used Curtin Cat Care for a number of years. Most recently in late 2010. Can’t recommend them too highly. They do home visits as well – we’ve used both services.

Anezka 2:06 pm 18 Oct 11

we provide an In-Home Pet Care Service called All Animal Minding Service which is a great alternative to kennels. http://www.AllAnimalMinders.com.au

gourmetmumma 11:59 am 26 Nov 10

I am keen to find out if anyone has heard of or used a private cattery on Wandana Winery Estate run by the Bates family?? They don’t actively advertise only via our vet at Gungahlin and some pet stores. I made a visit to check it out and it seems OK however I didn’t like the fact that there was only 1 cat in the cattery at the time and there didn’t seem a huge amount of human contact or anything much to look at. My first impression is that if it’s a busy place it must be good as people want their pets to stay there.
I have used Best Friends Pet Centre once and from face value I liked it but they are not keen to have people look at their facilities and to me that means they have something to hide so I’m hesitant to go back.

Thumper 3:55 pm 01 Nov 10

Holy crap – that must have been some adventure when it made its escape from Tara…

Ah no, this is the other one. He was too drunk to escape 🙂

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:45 pm 01 Nov 10

Captain RAAF, I’m starting to think you may be just a little bit fruity.

Like Carmen Miranda’s hat.

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, Captain. You should be loud and proud, free to admit ‘Top Gun’ is your favourite movie.

georgesgenitals 3:36 pm 01 Nov 10

Thumper said :

My cat can down a bottle of scotch in under 20 seconds…

Holy crap – that must have been some adventure when it made its escape from Tara…

Captain RAAF 3:22 pm 01 Nov 10

Kan said :

Very funny Captain RAAF. There you go again with the stereotypes. So if you have shave your head, own a cat and ride a bike you’re gay? My male gay friends……….

You just don’t know when to shut up do you?

busgirl 3:13 pm 01 Nov 10

Captain RAAF, I’m starting to think you may be just a little bit fruity.

Kan 2:41 pm 01 Nov 10

Very funny Captain RAAF. There you go again with the stereotypes. So if you have shave your head, own a cat and ride a bike you’re gay? My male gay friends (who have full heads of hair, don’t ride motorbikes, and own dogs) will laugh when I let them know you think my spouse bats for the other team. I think you’re the one obsessed with homosexuality. Do you need to talk about it? I’m sure there’s a helpline or two for those who want to come out of the closet.

Yes, my cat does chase birds – I admit it. Guilty as charged. Killing them? Maybe once a year. How do I know? Like all felines, he brings them in to show me. What breed? Those dreadful non native Indian Minors which have decimated native bird populations. I would like to think he’s doing his bit for the environment.

Thumper 2:13 pm 01 Nov 10

My cat can down a bottle of scotch in under 20 seconds…

georgesgenitals 1:49 pm 01 Nov 10

Shaving a cat? Real men use wax…

RIIIIIPPPP!

Captain RAAF 1:39 pm 01 Nov 10

Kan said :

This cat chases birds.

by ‘chases’ I assume you mean hunts and therefore kills, native birds.

You and your homosexual husband are, I’m afraid, part of the problem.

Captain RAAF 1:36 pm 01 Nov 10

Kan said :

My husband rides a motorbike, shaves his head, drinks beer and lots of it, loves wearing offensive t-shirts and flannies and would never ever drink latte. Only a tall strong black for him. The irony is that the long haired cat was his choice.

I hate to be the one to break this to you but….your husband is a homosexual.

Kan 12:55 pm 01 Nov 10

Reply to Captain RAAF – I did laugh when I read your account of clipping the cat. However, I can immediately tell that you have no idea about cat owners. You’ve put us all into a ‘box’. My husband rides a motorbike, shaves his head, drinks beer and lots of it, loves wearing offensive t-shirts and flannies and would never ever drink latte. Only a tall strong black for him. The irony is that the long haired cat was his choice. This cat is 8 kilos, never cleans himself, loves to pick fights with the other boys, eats too much, chases birds and spends half his time asleep. If he was a human – he’d be the typical Aussie larrikin.

BTW we have clipped the cat and did such an awful job that we laughed at him for weeks.

p1 10:26 am 29 Oct 10

The TV is has all sorts of ads for this gel stuff which removes all hair from the roots. I see no reason it wouldn’t work on your cat.

Wraith 9:42 am 29 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

Kan said :

…or take him to Belconnen Animal Hospital where they do a great ‘lion’ cut. However, it costs around $100 because they need to use a general anaesthetic.

You do know this is just a cat don’t you? Heard of clippers and gaffer tape? Tape the feet together and clip away or ask your husband to put his latte mochachino down for a minute and hold the cat while you hook in with the Wahl, loads of benefits for you, hubby get’s a workout, you get some practice at cutting hair so you can embarass the kids when they go to high school and you save a hundred bucks!

Another good method is to cut a hole in a piece of particleboard that is just big enough for cat to fit his head in, have his fave toy on the other side and when he pops his little head in the hole KERPOW!!!!! Hubby, in one smooth motion, puts down his hair curlers and dives on said cat, holding it firmly in place while you reach for the ‘Wahl Cat massacrerer 5000’. Hours of fun for the whole family!

Love it, I have a whole mental picture going of this, priceless and piss funny

Captain RAAF 8:07 am 29 Oct 10

Kan said :

…or take him to Belconnen Animal Hospital where they do a great ‘lion’ cut. However, it costs around $100 because they need to use a general anaesthetic.

You do know this is just a cat don’t you? Heard of clippers and gaffer tape? Tape the feet together and clip away or ask your husband to put his latte mochachino down for a minute and hold the cat while you hook in with the Wahl, loads of benefits for you, hubby get’s a workout, you get some practice at cutting hair so you can embarass the kids when they go to high school and you save a hundred bucks!

Another good method is to cut a hole in a piece of particleboard that is just big enough for cat to fit his head in, have his fave toy on the other side and when he pops his little head in the hole KERPOW!!!!! Hubby, in one smooth motion, puts down his hair curlers and dives on said cat, holding it firmly in place while you reach for the ‘Wahl Cat massacrerer 5000’. Hours of fun for the whole family!

Kan 9:40 pm 28 Oct 10

My three boys have been at three catteries in Canberra and there’s only one I would recommend – Miss ‘U’ Motel, Kaleen, ph 62426899. It’s run by the Kippax vet nurse as mentioned in a previous post. Unfortunately, as the owner offers such great service, her cattery is booked months in advance. Don’t even try for Christmas – she has a waiting list!

BTW I also have a long haired cat who doesn’t like to clean himself – he thinks he’s a dog. Due to his lack of grooming skills, we either trim him with a Wahl hair clipper (only when he’s in a laid back mood) or take him to Belconnen Animal Hospital where they do a great ‘lion’ cut. However, it costs around $100 because they need to use a general anaesthetic.

Oscillate Wildly 11:10 pm 27 Oct 10

Another vote for Curtin Cat Care, but as others have pointed out, they are booked up well in advance for the holiday season. Wish there were more catteries like them around, Oscar’s Feline Retreat was similar, but they haven’t been operating for a few years now.

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