The Seward Animal Shelter has had several updates over the last few months and one of those additions is a brand new Cattery. One of the advantages of the outdoor cattery is that it appeals to their need to burrow and hide in niches and quirky tight spots. Feral cats, that typically do not have amicable social skills around other cats or people, are especially attracted to the outside area. One cat that remained crouched and shy while inside, became loving and approachable when outside.
While no occupancy numbers were kept at the shelter, reports are that the cats loved venturing outside to hang out on the many cat trees and benches and kennels. Cats love tight spaces and a netted ramp leading from the in/out cat door seemed to appeal to them.
Now cats have an escape from loose and loud dogs and overly inquisitive human hands inside the shared area of the shelter. They can watch humans and retreat or sidle up to them. The area provides sun and some shelter from the rain.
A gated wall separates the outside cattery from an escape proof outside adoption area where potential adopters can enjoy some one-on-one time with cats (and dogs!). This small, calm area is also a great place for staff to have lunch and take a break form the demands of the shelter.