The cattery

10 Feb

It’s not what you think.  In Britain, the place where you have your cats stay while you are away travelling is called a “cattery”.  I kid you not.  Even “The Pussy Willow Cattery” — which I drive past every time I go to the recycling center — really is for cats.  No Burt Reynolds, no Dolly Parton, no far superior version of “I will always love you.”

Well, I never.

Our cats are here.  I would write a really really useful post about how to bring your US cats over to the UK, but to be honest, all the rules have changed and instead of it being a long and horribly complicated process requiring special blood tests (F* you FAVN!), something called ‘tick and tape’ that is not a fun parade, and quarantine — now it’s just a matter of simple paperwork and buying the plane tickets.  See: DEFRA and USDA.  Or in my case, you could start the horribly long and expensive process (PS: F* you again FAVN), realize half way through that the rules were about to change, impose on your stateside family to take the cats for three months until the new rules went in to effect, and then pay an expediter to handle all the shipping arrangements.  I can’t put myself out there as any kind of useful example.

They love the conservatory, just like I do:

The grumpy one

The lovey one

I think I’m going to start calling my conservatory ‘the cattery’.  I might get a little plaque for the wall.  Hur hur hur.


4 Responses to “The cattery”

  1. Jeanne February 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    The place my cats stay when I am away is my house, because I get someone to come in and take care of them. Therefore my house is a cattery. I think I’ll start calling it that!

    • Monique February 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Ha! That’s true, ours stay at home as well. But apparently ‘catteries’ are a thing here.

  2. Zazzy February 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Yay for the kitties arrival! I hope they had a nice trip – have always wondered how the process was managed. Did they get little kitty passports? And yay for rule changes that don’t require months in quarantine. I can’t imagine any kitty would feel good about that. Plus, they both look lovely to me.

    • Monique February 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      I do love to have them with us! They don’t get passports (wouldn’t it be cute though), just an official looking form and a copy of the rabies cert. So glad the 6mo quarantine is GONE

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