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Does Black & Tan Cattery cage their cats/kittens?

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Does Black & Tan Cattery cage their cats/kittens?

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Sally Cathy

Most catteries have to cage their cats and kittens for the health and well-being of other cats. Any animal boarding facility has to have some form of enclosure for the animals. The Black & Tan cattery is no exception but does appear to have reasonably-sized facilities for the comfort of the cats.

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To answer this question we need to define cage. Per the USDA (Animal Welfare Act and Regulations) definition, a cats primary enclosure must be at least 24 in. high. Cats up to and including 8.8 lbs must be provided with at least 3.0 ft\2\. Some states also have similar minimum size standards. We feel these standards fall short. We do not cage in this way! Our adult female cats have the run of the house. I prefer to raise kittens in my office where I spend most of my time. I use a kittening, or birthing box, when my litters first start out. Isolating my pregnant queen in my office is a means of giving the queen a safe and comfortable place to give birth and nurse. She is allowed to leave the room when she is ready. Other cats are not allowed to enter until the kittens are more mature. The kittens are housed in a nest in the birthing box until they begin to walk about, usually around 3-4 weeks of age. At this point they are allowed to explore the room.

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