Cattery in Carnegie

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For a cattery in Carnegie that provides the highest standards of care for your pet, make a booking at Carnegie Cat Cottage. Carnegie Cat Cottage, a service offered by the Carnegie Veterinary Clinic in their convenient inner city location at 66 Rosstown Road Carnegie, [Melways Reference: 68J4], is a first class urban cat boarding lodge - We are a modern cattery in Carnegie, providing unequalled accommodation and services for your feline companion.We cater to many cat owners seeking a cattery in Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Caulfield, and the surrounding areas.

When going away on holidays, considering what to do with your feline companion can be a dilemma. Most cats do not appreciate long car journeys. Acclimatising your feline companion to your holiday destination can be tricky and may dampen your holiday experience.

Boarding your feline companion in a safe and secure environment with trained personnel looking after them is a good option. This will allow you to enjoy your holiday, without any worries.

  • Carnegie Cat Cottage is a first class, urban cat boarding lodge near Caulfield and Chadstone. The facility is decked out with Raintree™ Cat Condos, which are unique in their look, structure and function.
  • Our boarders are spoilt to the soothing sounds of instrumental music
  • The Carnegie Cat Cottage environment is temperature controlled, draught free and completely indoors, shielded from outdoor elements.
  • Translucent, double glazed windows significantly reduce ambient temperature fluctuations and are pivotal to sound proofing the cottage from outdoor noises. This is particularly good for those feline boarders who are acutely sensitive to noises.
  • Raintree™ Cat Condos were our first choice in planning an unrivalled urban cattery as it is designed with the finicky feline in mind.
  • Each Condo has three tiers which includes a resting ledge and built-in feeding /watering ledge. There is a separate section for the litter tray, away from the accommodation area. This enhances the level of comfort for feline companions in our care.
  • Hospital grade melamine ensures that that the condos are moisture and bacteria free.
  • Carnegie Cat Cottage is an odour free environment, with regular air changes, facilitated by an integrated ventilation system - hence the facility is clean, hygienic, noise free and odourless. Carnegie Cat Cottage’s integrated ventilation system can accommodate between 15-30 complete air exchanges per hour. With respect to airborne virus transmission, this significantly reduces airborne virus particle concentrations, hence significantly reduces infection rates. Hygiene and cleanliness are paramount to maintaining healthy and happy feline boarders.
  • There is a veterinary surgery on site, just in case veterinary attention is required.
  • Carnegie Cat Cottage is maintained by trained Veterinary Nurses.
  • No direct contact is possible between feline boarders. This is important to eliminate the risk of F.I.V. (Feline AIDS) transmission.
  • Feline boarders are fed premium quality highly palatable dry and wet foods in the form of ADVANCE chicken kibble and ADVANCE chicken and tuna cans.
  • Peace of mind and security knowing that your companion is in a secure and safe boarding environment.
  • The Raintree™ Cat Condos allow your feline companion to feel safe and protected. Outside of their own home cats prefer safety and security over space. If they are safe and secure they are far less stressed, and if they are less stressed, they will generally do well. Your feline companion may want to run around at home, but in new surroundings they tend to prefer the safety of their own condo. Cats follow the principles of isometric exercise. That is, if enough room is provided to stretch, your feline companion can exercise every muscle in his/her body. The Raintree™ Cat Condo provides plenty of room for this to happen. In fact the cat stretch exercise has been replicated in yoga exercise.
  • To view a detailed description of the advantages the Raintree™ Cat Condos that Carnegie Cat Cottage have provided to ensure your feline companions top class accommodation and care, a link to an eight minute video is at the bottom of our Boarders Photo Gallery Page. When you have completed reading through the important information below on this page, go to the Gallery link at the top right hand corner of this page, see some of our recent Cat Cottage boarders and, if you have a broadband internet connection, check out the Raintree™ Cat Condo video


Feline Companion - per Raintree™ Cat Condo $23.00 per calendar day Carnegie Cat Cottage boarding fees are a flat rate.

We do not charge extra for public holidays, school holidays, Easter or Christmas.

For an affordable Glen Eira cattery, Carnegie Cat Cottage will be the perfect choice for your precious pets.

(The Raintree™ Cat Condo is designed for one feline companion at a time. We do not recommend feline companions from the same household share the Raintree™ Cat Condo. However, feline companions from the same household can be placed side by side, which provides for close proximity but with enough space for each companion.

This is important as one companion per Condo allows for strict adherence to cleanliness and hygiene and hence happier feline boarders.)

  • No admissions or discharges on public holidays and Sundays.
  • All boarding fees are GST inclusive
  • Boarding Fees are charged on a ‘per calendar day’ basis.
  • A 20% deposit is required for all bookings made during School Holidays and Easter, and a 50% deposit for all bookings made during Christmas and New Year.

The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable if bookings are cancelled. This is important so as not to disadvantage other feline companions from gaining a place at Carnegie Cat Cottage as a result of cancellations. The deposit is deducted from your total boarding fee at the time of settlement.


What Do We Feed Our Boarders?

Dry - ADVANCE® (with Chicken)
Wet – ADVANCE® (with Chicken and Tuna)

For a cattery near Chadstone that provides the best in nutritious food for its boarders, make a booking with us today.

ADVANCE® is a super premium pet food that contains all the nutrients required, in a highly palatable and easily digestible format. ADVANCE is the only super premium pet food company whose entire range is made in Australia.

ADVANCE® pet food has been developed in Australia by one of the world’s largest research and development teams - the WALTHAM Centre for Petcare and Nutrition in the UK.

Dental Care

ADVANCE is specifically designed to promote dental health. Kibbles of certain size and shape help reduce tartar accumulation through mechanical abrasion...


A patented combination of zinc and linoleic acid that has scientifically been shown to improve coat health, lustre and softness.


Slippery elm extract and psyllium husks are natural fibre sources that aid in moving ingested hair gently through the intestinal tract and reduce the incidence of hairballs and their symptoms.


ADVANCE contains a unique blend of vitamin C, vitamin E, taurine, and lycopene. These ingredients have been proven to increase the level of antioxidants in your pet. Antioxidants...


Feeding studies have substantiated ADVANCE reduces the risk of lower urinary tract disease (LUTD), with controlled levels of minerals and high digestibility to promote...


  • Specifically developed to maintain ideal body weight and composition
  • Chicken and Tuna as main source of quality protein
  • Complete and balanced nutrition for adult cats



Boarders with special requirements

We provide cat boarding near Caulfield that caters to the needs of cats with special requirements.

Carnegie Cat Cottage is maintained by trained veterinary nurses. Boarders that require medications or have special dietary requirements are accommodated. Please make sure that all medications are labelled with your companion’s name and surname, clinic’s name and address and the type, concentration, and dose of medication to be administered. Boarders with special dietary requirements – we will feed the diet that you provide. Please label all diets clearly with your companion’s first and last name with indelible ink.

Requirements For admission to OUR CATTERY IN CARNEGIE

  • Must be at least 4 months old.
  • All boarding fees are GST inclusive
  • Must be up to date with his/her preventative health care regime;
    • minimum F3 vaccination
    • dewormed against gastro-intestinal worms
    • must be flea free on admission.

It would be wise to administer a veterinary approved de-wormer and flea control 7-10 days prior to anticipated boarding at our cattery in Carnegie.

  • Please note, for the safety your companion, other companions, clients and our staff - all boarders must arrive in a basket or carry cage. Please respect and understand this rule. NO EXCEPTIONS. Baskets or carry cages must be lined with either a towel or thick newspaper. This will keep your feline companion dry to and from Carnegie Cat Cottage
  • The basket or carry cage must be labelled clearly with your companion’s first and last name.
  • It is best not to bring any toys or other belongings to the boarding lodge as they may get misplaced with the passage of time. Your feline companion will do fine without them.
  • You will be required to sign a disclaimer and admissions form stating the requirements for admission and an authority for veterinary intervention should it be required. If veterinary intervention is required, the client will be liable for all veterinary and related costs.

Please consult the Preventative Health Care Guide for Cats below on recommended regimes. Please note: With respect to the health and well being of all our boarders - feline companions found to have evidence of fleas, flea dirt or worms will be treated at his/her parent’s expense. Specific veterinary products as described in the preventative health care guide will be used for this purpose.

Please consult this Easy Guide - Preventative Health Care Guide for Cats on recommended regimes.

Double click to open and read on screen, or right click and 'Save as' to download and print out.

Preventative Health Care in Cats.pdf

Please note:

With respect to the health and well-being of all our boarders - feline companions found to have evidence of fleas, flea dirt or worms will be treated at his/her parent’s expense. Specific veterinary products as described in the Preventative Health Care Guide will be used for this purpose.

Something about feline viral respiratory disease (Also known as feline upper respiratory tract disease or ‘cat flu’)

At least 90% of cases of feline upper respiratory tract disease are caused by one of two viruses:

  • Feline herpesvirus, and
  • Feline calicivirus

Please note: Feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus do not pose a risk to human health.

Chlamydophila psittaci is the third most important cause of upper respiratory tract disease in cats. However it is the primary agent in less than 5% of clinical respiratory infections seen in general veterinary practice. Chlamydial infections are clinically restricted to the conjunctiva and oronasal mucosa.

Clinical diagnosis of feline upper respiratory tract disease is based on history and physical examination findings. This is sufficient information to pursue treatment and follow-up care. As treatment options for the various causative agents are nearly identical, there is little advantage in precise identification of the causative agent.

Feline Herpes Virus (FHV)

Our cattery in Carnegie is dedicated to preventing the spread of feline herpes virus.

Transmission of herpes virus requires intimate contact between shedding and susceptible hosts. The normal breathing movements of an acutely infected cat does not produce infective aerosols, but sneezing which produces macro-droplets might spread virus particles. Herpes virus can survive for less than 24 hours in the environment, making long term contamination of inanimate objects (such as bedding) unlikely.

Carrier cats can either be latently or actively infected. Latent or subclinical carriers maintain the viral genome in the tissues of the nasal passages. Under situations of stress i.e. transportation, rehousing, cat shows, lactation, hospitalisation, concurrent disease (e.g. FIV or FeLV) the viral genetic material is activated and the virus is shed intermittently. This process can be associated with mild clinical signs. Cats with a known history of severe upper respiratory tract disease or recurrent mild disease are potential carriers even if vaccinated.

Feline Calici Virus (FCV)

This virus is transmitted readily between cats by direct, close contact and is found in large quantities in oculonasal secretions and saliva of acutely infected cats. Small amounts are found in the urine and faeces. Calicivirus can survive and remain infective on inanimate objects for up to 10 days, hence environmental contamination is important.

Carriers of feline calicivirus shed a constant amount of virus for weeks to years after primary infection, irrespective of stressful stimuli. Virus shedding can end abruptly. Some feline calicivirus carriers can have persistent mild conjunctivitis, gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Clinical signs of ‘cat flu’

  • Sneezing is the hallmark of acute infections
  • Watery to Yellow/Green unilateral or bilateral nose discharge
  • Watery to Yellow/Green unilateral or bilateral eye discharge
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Ulcers on the eye and other viral associated inflammatory eye conditions
  • Possible fever

Treatment of ‘cat flu’

  • Complications with secondary bacterial infections are so common that a broad spectrum antibiotic is justified even in cats without a yellow/green eye or nose discharge
  • Viral associated eye disease can be treated with topical antivirals
  • The use of oral lysine to reduce herpes virus replication rates.

Control of ‘cat flu’

For cat boarding near Caulfield that is dedicated to controlling ‘Cat Flu’, contact us today.

Routine annual vaccination is h3ly recommended. Vaccinated cats do not enjoy complete protection; such is the nature of the viruses concerned. With respect to ‘cat flu’ the purpose of vaccination is not to afford complete protection – this would be nice – but impossible, rather to afford partial immunity to the recipient, so that only mild symptoms may arise in the event of an infection.


In summary, ‘cat flu’ cannot be completely prevented. This is impractical and nonsensical given the nature of the viruses concerned. In fact, many cats are subclinical carriers of ‘cat flu’, and future infections in these cats may arise from their own viral loads rather than contracting a new infection.

Here at Carnegie Cat Cottage we certainly go the extra mile to minimise the risk of ‘cat flu’.

  • All our boarders must be up to date with his/her preventative health care regime including vaccination status.
  • We utilise sodium hypochlorite, a proven anti-viral product as our disinfectant of choice. A 0.175% concentration of sodium hypochlorite appears to be the best overall virucidal product for routine disinfection and decontamination of our facility. Hygiene and cleanliness are paramount to maintaining healthy and happy feline boarders.
  • Carnegie Cat Cottage’s integrated ventilation system can accommodate between 15-30 complete air exchanges per hour. This significantly reduces airborne virus particle concentrations.
  • No direct contact is possible between feline boarders; hence the risk of virus transmission is significantly reduced.
  • The Raintree™ Cat Condos allow your feline companion to feel safe and protected. The feeling of safety and protection further reduces stress levels, which in turn reduces the risk of clinical ‘cat flu’.

For details of the veterinary services available at the Carnegie Veterinary Clinic visit their website here


  1. The information on feline upper respiratory tract disease or ‘cat flu’ and the guidelines to minimise the risk of infections have been adapted from the virology course notes of Professor M. van Vuuren and Professor J.A.W. Coetzer from the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria.
  2. The Raintree™ Cat Condos used at Carnegie Cat Cottage were supplied by Kennel Solutions Pty Ltd

Carnegie Cat Cottage, being located in inner suburban Melbourne, provides first class cat boarding near Caulfield. We have clients from all over Melbourne including Ashburton, Ashwood, Balwyn North, Balwyn, Beaumaris, Bentleigh East, Bentleigh, Black Rock, Brighton East, Brighton, Caulfield East, Caulfield North, Caulfield South, Caulfield, Chadstone, Cheltenham, Clayton, Dandenong, Dingley, Doncaster, Elsternwick, Elwood, Gardenvale, Glen Eira, Glen Huntly, Glen Waverley, Hampton, Heatherton, Highett, Hughesdale, Kew, Malvern East, Malvern, McKinnon, Melbourne, Mentone, Moorabbin, Mulgrave, Murrumbeena, Noble Park, Oakleigh, Ormond, Prahran, Sandringham, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Springvale, St. Kilda East, Surrey Hills, Toorak and Vermont.


“This is a photo of our beautiful little girl Tess. She is three years old and an inside cat with a run in the garden. She is very timid and we are very careful as to where and who should look after her when we go away.

We were delighted when our local vet (Carnegie Veterinary Clinic) opened the Carnegie Cat Cottage. They have been looking after Tess since she came to live with us at age 10 weeks, so the staff all know her and her little idiosyncrasies.

The Cat Cottage is clean, light and well ventilated. Tess enjoys the different levels and the dark room in the condo where she has the choice of where to sit and sleep.

The staff always welcomes her and do their best to make her feel at ease. She only eats Iams biscuits (which are on their menu) and their comment was she certainly loves her biscuits!

When we have picked her up to bring home her coat is shiny, nose cold and wet and eyes clear and we certainly have no complaints (though once home she certainly complains to us!)

Tess has had two holidays in the Cat Cottage and we have booked her in again for our next holiday. We are very glad to have a cattery so close to home and would have no worries in recommending the Cat Cottage to other cat lovers.”
- Sue and Dave
“Jenny-puss was put into Carnegie Cat Cottage when the extreme heat around Black Saturday became a problem.

From all reports she took to her suite like a duck to water. The staff were wonderful, looking after her including daily combing. She came home fit and healthy and with a shiny coat I found the security of the condo helped her greatly. She utilised the litter tray compartment as her hidey-hole-something she does at home. Jenny ate well and related to the staff well. The theory about cats preferring security over space has been proven by Jenny''s two lengthy stays at Carnegie Cat Cottage. The diet was to her liking and the care given by the staff every day was excellent.

Carnegie Cat Cottage is an excellent place to board your moggie. My little silver fluff ball is evidence of not only good care but affection for its residents/guests.”
- Jenny-puss
“I can highly recommend Carnegie Cat Cottage to anyone needing a place for your beloved cat to stay. It is reasonably priced and the cats are treated as if they are the only pets staying there.

When I called to check on how Zippy was doing as any protective parent does for their children I was treated as if that is quite normal and not like it would be any different if the roles were reversed.

The veterinary clinic always does a great job and I expected the boarding house to do no different. I wasn''t disappointed. And knowing Zippy was staying somewhere that she was treated like the queen she expects and is when at home made my leaving her there a lot easier.

It didn''t take Zippy long at all to settle back in to home and when she had some medical issues to be dealt with during her stay it was done with the same professional service I get if taking her to the clinic.

Definitely look at boarding your cat(s) at Carnegie Cat Cottage!”
- Sarah Rochstein
“Thank you all again for looking after Tinkerbell for me.

You always do a wonderful job anyway when I bring her in to the veterinary surgery but knowing that she was staying somewhere while I was away on holidays where she knew the staff and felt safe made my holiday even more enjoyable.

Even when my daughter called to check on how our cats were doing, we were treated like that was normal procedure and given a full update which on our return proved correct because Tinkerbell was very relaxed and didn''t take long at all to settle back in to home life.

I can highly recommend Carnegie Cat Cottage to anyone needing a place local to stay. It is reasonably priced and the cats are treated as if they are owned by the staff running it.”
- Josephine Pepper
“Hi Girls

The Dreadful Toby tells me he enjoyed his holiday with you very much and that he did not have to waste brain power on staging a breakout !!!! .

So - a big thank you from me”
- Sue and Tobes

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