City of­fers a cat board­ing ser­vice

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE City of South Perth has launched a new cat board­ing ser­vice for lo­cal res­i­dents and pets.

Housed within the City’s An­i­mal Care Fa­cil­ity in Como, the ser­vice of­fers 32 spa­cious cat con­do­mini­ums.

The cats will be fully catered for in a cli­mate con­trolled room, with a large play gym, meals, and fresh bed­ding and lit­ter trays daily.

Car­ers will mon­i­tor food in­take and toi­let habits to en­sure the cats are adapt­ing to their new sur­round­ings.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the cat board­ing ser­vice was a won­der­ful new ini­tia­tive be­ing of­fered.

“The ben­e­fits pets pro­vide to peo­ple on a phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional level have been well doc­u­mented,” she said.

“Re­search shows hav­ing a pet in your home leads to more ex­er­cise, lower blood pres­sure, fewer vis­its to the doc­tor, bet­ter car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and an eas­ing of lone­li­ness.”

Ms Do­herty said res­i­dents would now have peace of mind know­ing their cats were safe and well looked af­ter.

Sin­gle spa­ces can be hired or for more than one cat, the spa­ces can be con­verted into dou­bles, de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity.

The cat board­ing ser­vice launch co­in­cides with Na­tional De­sex­ing Month.

The month-long cam­paign runs dur­ing July ev­ery year and aims to raise aware­ness and re­duce the num­ber of an­i­mals put down in Aus­tralia each year.

“Aus­tralia has one of the high­est rates of pet own­er­ship in the world and it’s vi­tal that pet own­ers de­sex their cats and dogs be­fore the sum­mer breed­ing sea­son,” Ms Do­herty said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the cat board­ing ser­vice, go to www.south­perth.wa.gov. au.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d455473

Nat Small­wood with Chloe.

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