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any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

hi everyone,
i would like to hear your recommendations or experiences with cats hotels in Switzerland and if possible in the Basel area.
i have a cat sitter and i'm happy with her but, for longer periods (3 weeks) i don't think it's a solution as the cat alone will probably go crazy. i went to visit a place and it looked ok, but i just don't know, i'm so scared, i really don't know what to do! HELP!

thanks for any suggestions!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

Apple, I'm not a cat owner nor do I live in Basel. (But since no one else has answered, and being unqualified to voice an opinion rarely stops me from nattering on... )

Until some of the Basel cat people chime in with personal experience - you might want to look into the folks at Tierschutz Beider Basel. In addition to the good work they do with homeless animals they also run a Tierpension providing holiday care, including for cats.

http://www.tbb.ch/index.php?id=271


Hope you find the solution you need...
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

thanks a lot meloncollie! i'll definitely go there and check out the place, they do seem very professional.
many thanks again,
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

I think leaving a cat in its own environment tends to be a lot less stressful, but then again, I don't know your cat.

Maybe you can find someone who is willing to house- and cat sit for 3 weeks? Or arrange for your cat sitter to come by twice a day for an hour or so? I wonder if your cat will get a lot more attention than that in a pension anyway... (They will probably have to take care of a lot of other animals as well.)

Luckily I never had to put my cats in a pension, but if I had to, I'd make sure they'd have their own little private enclosure. Preferably with an outside area too. For some reason putting my cats in a big group of unknown cats doesn't sit well with me.
But one of the main reasons why we got two is that they can keep each other company, so we're less concerned with them feeling lonely. They have a very strong bond and often play together and sleep together too.
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

I've no experience with cat hotels in CH, but as a lifelong cat owner, I advise against boarding your cat, especially if it is an "only" in your home. Your kitty is probably not used to socializing with other cats, and let's be honest, cat's aren't THAT social anyway. They like to be at home, lounging in a favorite sunny spot, with favorite toys around to entertain them once in a while. I have always left on a light and the radio playing softly as well.

All they really need is a caretaker to come in once or twice a day to check food, water and litter, and to play for a little bit. A cat sitter might cost a little more than boarding, but your cat will remain happier. Good luck!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

thanks for the comments received, i do know that keeping the cat in its own environment is a better option but that is why i was asking if anyone had any experience with the other option of the cat hotel. All i hear is always that is a bad option, but nobody actually telling his/her experience.
I do have a cat sitter but the thing is for 3 weeks is just too long a period of time to expect someone to come morning and evening to my place to check out the cat. i pay her 30 chf per visit and can you imagine the cost this would imply, without mentioning the fact that how do you know she actually goes 2 times per day and every day?
i was just trying to consider alternatives, but i see, not many people choose the cattery option or simply don't go on holidays for extended period of time.
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

Sorry I couldn't offer more advice about specific cat boarding options. I understand about the costs, as we also take long holidays. I am sorry to hear that you may not trust your cat sitter is doing as agreed. Whether one uses boarding or a sitter, it is important for you to feel comfortable that the cat is cared for as agreed. I am not sure if it is an option here, but in the U.S. owners can sometimes board pets with their veterinarian. Hopefully a member or two with more CH boarding experiences will be along shortly!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

I used a chatterie its near rolle so too far. I would like to reassure you it isn't as bad I was worried at first our cats were old when they first went in 11 and 12 so thought they may react badly to the other cats. We asked for the separate pen for them but the lady who runs the cattery said they would do better in the group room ( despite it costing more for a pen) and we should try that first them move them. They were fine they never had any problems and enjoy being there. They are very relaxed the journey there is the worse bit for them
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I used a chatterie its near rolle so too far. I would like to reassure you it isn't as bad I was worried at first our cats were old when they first went in 11 and 12 so thought they may react badly to the other cats. We asked for the separate pen for them but the lady who runs the cattery said they would do better in the group room ( despite it costing more for a pen) and we should try that first them move them. They were fine they never had any problems and enjoy being there. They are very relaxed the journey there is the worse bit for them
THANKS that's at least reassuring! here there are quite a few options in Basel but also in France it's just i guess i have to visit them before and see how i feel about them.

BIG THANKS TO ALL for your replies!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

http://www.of-liberty.com/

Ok this is in Geneva but my cats love it there. Its always difficult to put them in their boxes at the end of the stay
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

Our cat was about 11 months when we needed to to go away for 6 weeks. We'd only had her since she was 3 months, so we weren't too sure if we could let the neighbours (who volunteered) to look after her or not. We decided on a cat hotel because... I don't remember any more, maybe we thought she needed friends, or maybe that she would not come home because we weren't there...

We looked into cat hotels in Basel, blanched first and then fainted at the costs, and ultimately decided to go for an animal shelter just across the border in Weil am Rhein.

It was fine. Tiger looked just the same when we picked her up after the 6 weeks, didn't say much, re-adapted to her usual ways...

I don't know much about cats, just Tiger, but in any case it wouldn't harm to just go visit and a take a look.

Www.tierschutzverein-Weil.de
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...and let's be honest, cat's aren't THAT social anyway...
Well there are some...




But yeah, these were pretty much joined at the hip from birth...

Cat-introductions can take some time, but it will be easier when all involved cats find themselves in a totally new environment. (Like for example at a cat-pension.)

Anyway, it's not a bad option and if you feel more comfortable putting her in a pension, you should. (Having some peace of mind during your trip is important too!)
Just visit some prior to going and pick the one with the best vibe... Try the ones fairly close to home first, especially if your cat hates road trips.
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

The problem with France is that you'll have to prove that your cat has a valid rabies vaccination - which is a complete non-sense, since living in Switzerland, your cat doesn't need the rabies vaccination, nor would he need it if you were living in France.
BUT, if you travel over the border, the cat needs the proof of vaccination.


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THANKS that's at least reassuring! here there are quite a few options in Basel but also in France it's just i guess i have to visit them before and see how i feel about them.

BIG THANKS TO ALL for your replies!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

is she/he an inside or outside cat?
We live in an apartment in Zurich and would be happy to have him/her here with us if you don't think that would stress him/her out too much? We are cat lovers and have had cats before but dont have any now since we moved here so always happy to look after peoples cats for them if it means we get some cat cuddles
It might be too far for you to get here though?
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

hi polly thomas! thanks so much for the offer, we finally decided to put him in a cat pension in Germany. i visited it yesterday and it looks very nice and the people professional. so i hope it will work out!!!
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Re: any recommendations/experience with cat hotels in CH?

My friend left two cats in hotel for pet on last holiday and she has with they a big problem after come back to home. Cats looked like a "intimidated" and were distrustful almost two weeks! You have to check before every pet hotel.
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