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I'm going to move to Basel with my wife and our cat Daisy.
My new company is offering a temporary accommodation for 3 months but they have declined to make an exception for Daisy to join us while living there . I was recommended of catteries in Switzerland but I don't know how long it will take us to find an apt in Basel and the whole trip is going to be already a stressful experience for our pet.
do you have any suggestion about a good cattery in Basel? I have seen also that some people are offering here to do per-sitting from time to time, but i'm not sure if someone can take care of Daisy for at least 1 month...
any advice is really appreciated!
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I'm going to move to Basel with my wife and our cat Daisy.
My new company is offering a temporary accommodation for 3 months but they have declined to make an exception for Daisy to join us while living there .

I was recommended of catteries in Switzerland but I don't know how long it will take us to find an apt in Basel and the whole trip is going to be already a stressful experience for our pet.

do you have any suggestion about a good cattery in Basel? I have seen also that some people are offering here to do per-sitting from time to time, but i'm not sure if someone can take care of Daisy for at least 1 month...
any advice is really appreciated!
Are "they" your company or a relo service?

There are temporary accomodations that allow pets in Basel, and for one cat it's much easier to find than it is for dogs. How did it happen that the chosen temporary accomodation is one that doesn't suit your needs? Did nobody consult with you?

Here's a catter in Allschwil. they speak English.
Katzenhotel Müsli +41 61 481 9027
Pappelstrasse 12
4123 Allschwil
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Re: our pet can't stay with us for a while...help!

A bit more information would be good:
- How old is daisy
- is it an outdoor cat
- short or long hair
- any medical issues
- how doe's she cope with other cats
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Re: our pet can't stay with us for a while...help!

We had this problem when we moved to Basel with our cat, we pushed the relocation company and they got us an apartment which accept pets.

Push harder.
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A bit more information would be good:
- How old is daisy
- is it an outdoor cat
- short or long hair
- any medical issues
- how doe's she cope with other cats


Also posting cute pictures will help alot


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We had this problem when we moved to Basel with our cat, we pushed the relocation company and they got us an apartment which accept pets.

Push harder.
I agree! Push harder. You cat is part of the package. They need to work it out.

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I agree! Push harder. You cat is part of the package. They need to work it out.

Good luck!
Especially they indeed have temporary appartments who accept pets. Sometimes, relocations companies are just being lazy.
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Are "they" your company or a relo service?

There are temporary accomodations that allow pets in Basel, and for one cat it's much easier to find than it is for dogs. How did it happen that the chosen temporary accomodation is one that doesn't suit your needs? Did nobody consult with you?

Here's a catter in Allschwil. they speak English.
Katzenhotel Müsli +41 61 481 9027
Pappelstrasse 12
4123 Allschwil
ok, time to make some names (and shame)
the company in Novartis, pet relocation was part of the package BUT i have only found out yesterday that the temp accommodation in the Novartis campus does not allow pets so my request to make an exception was rejected.
I see the point BUT i have not given any option to staying apart from daisy. My wife is not happy at all as she had to quit her job and all her life to follow me, so it would be good for her to have our little baby to keep her company while we get to know the city.
I'll try to push harder then, but i'm not sure i will succeed.

Few info re: Daisy.
- How old is daisy = 1 and half year
- is it an outdoor cat = she is an apt cat, she is afraid to go out
- short or long hair = short
- any medical issues = no issues, she has been spayed, she is in a good shape (maybe a bit overweight but not that much), she got all the vaccinations etc..
- how doe's she cope with other cats = she gets along very well with other cats and we are thinking to have another kitten to join the family soon.

you can find attached a pic of her while she was helping me during the prep of an exam
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Aw, she's very cute.
Good luck.
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Re: our pet can't stay with us for a while...help!

Presumably the temporary accomodation is not on Novartis-campus -- it's worth asking whether the apartment is Novartis-owned (in which case, an exception should be no problem) or whether it's leased by Novartis from a private landlord.

Given the circumstances, if you're fairly confident that you pet won't cause any permanent damage (and if you're willing to pay for any damage she creates), I would ignore the pets prohibition.

Sure, I wouldn't bring Daisy along on moving day, but I would move her as soon as the movers have left.

Provided she doesn't go in-and-out, no one will know that she is in the apartment, and unlike a dog, she shouldn't make enough noise to disturb the neighbours. No one will come to visit/inspect the apartment during your temporary tenancy. The biggest risks are 1) that she will scratch the furniture and 2) that she'll leave hair on the furniture.

To mitigate against risk 1, make sure you have plenty of things to scratch and that she knows to use her scratching posts, not the CHF6'000 sofa. To mitigate against risk 2, I'd designate one room as cat-free and move any plush furnishings into that room so they didn't get covered in cat hair. The Swiss tend to like to furnish in hard surfaces or leather (easily wiped clean/hair-free with a damp cloth) so you shouldn't have too many things to contend with.

For me, being forced to put the cat in a cattery for three months would be a dealbreaker. Either they need to find you another apartment (Novartis definitely have pet-friendly accomodation) or you should take my advice above and smuggle Daisy in under the radar.
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Re: our pet can't stay with us for a while...help!

We were with the same company. I have a pretty good idea of who is the relocation agency. Push and push harder, really.

Do you know who will receive you in Basel? If so, I hope you won't get a certain German lady which was very useless and ineffective, if you want more details, pm me.

For the appartment, we were suppose to be in a certain building and we manage to get to an other place a bit further from Novartis but it was more mportant to have our cat with us.

If they keep saying no, ask them to provide you a temporary place for your cat (at their expenses) that should help pushing them a bit more.
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Presumably the temporary accomodation is not on Novartis-campus -- it's worth asking whether the apartment is Novartis-owned (in which case, an exception should be no problem) or whether it's leased by Novartis from a private landlord.

Given the circumstances, if you're fairly confident that you pet won't cause any permanent damage (and if you're willing to pay for any damage she creates), I would ignore the pets prohibition.

Sure, I wouldn't bring Daisy along on moving day, but I would move her as soon as the movers have left.

Provided she doesn't go in-and-out, no one will know that she is in the apartment, and unlike a dog, she shouldn't make enough noise to disturb the neighbours. No one will come to visit/inspect the apartment during your temporary tenancy. The biggest risks are 1) that she will scratch the furniture and 2) that she'll leave hair on the furniture.

To mitigate against risk 1, make sure you have plenty of things to scratch and that she knows to use her scratching posts, not the CHF6'000 sofa. To mitigate against risk 2, I'd designate one room as cat-free and move any plush furnishings into that room so they didn't get covered in cat hair. The Swiss tend to like to furnish in hard surfaces or leather (easily wiped clean/hair-free with a damp cloth) so you shouldn't have too many things to contend with.

For me, being forced to put the cat in a cattery for three months would be a dealbreaker. Either they need to find you another apartment (Novartis definitely have pet-friendly accomodation) or you should take my advice above and smuggle Daisy in under the radar.
Except if the appartment is being clean by cleaners every week.
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Except if the appartment is being clean by cleaners every week.
Wow. You must have negotiated a better deal than me. Mr. Idiot was in charge of toilet-cleaning duty, Mrs. Idiot tackled the kitchen, and we split the effort for the vacuuming. No cleaner was provided with our corporate apartment.
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Wow. You must have negotiated a better deal than me. Mr. Idiot was in charge of toilet-cleaning duty, Mrs. Idiot tackled the kitchen, and we split the effort for the vacuuming. No cleaner was provided with our corporate apartment.
it was for all the appartments in the building. We were in front of an hotel in kleinbasel which I can't remember the name.
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Re: our pet can't stay with us for a while...help!

You really gotta put the foot down. Tell HR you can't move until this is sorted -- the cat is part of the family, not something to be put out.

As someone else mentioned, someone is just being lazy. Plus, generally in a paid relo the company has to cover the costs associated with pets. So it's in their interests that your temporary accomodation allows Daisy, rather than mandating that she go to a cattery for up to 3 months.

You're not the first one they're moving to Basel, and you won't be the last. You're allowed to express your discontent.
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When are you looking to need Daisy looked after? Dates would help.
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If everything fails I could accomodate Daisy in Zürich. I already have two older cats (14 and 16). She would be alone with the two others during the day as I'm working.
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If everything fails I could accomodate Daisy in Zürich. I already have two older cats (14 and 16). She would be alone with the two others during the day as I'm working.
Back-off ZuriBoi. Daisy is mine.

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Back-off ZuriBoi. Daisy is mine.

Join the queue.
Can I get your awesome cat during that time?
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Back-off ZuriBoi. Daisy is mine.

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How much did you charge the chinese restaurant the last time you had a cat?
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