Luxury Boarding Cattery, in North Norfolk
Telephone 01263 861948 or
At Country Cats of Briston (near Holt and Fakenham) in North Norfolk, we offer cat owners a unique luxury boarding cattery to leave your feline friend while you are away.
The cabins are thoroughly cleaned each day and litter trays disinfected. During the day the litter trays are regularly checked and cleaned as required.
Professionally qualified* we spend plenty of time with the cats to make sure that they settle in well, particularly if they are nervous or timid, and if they are happy to be groomed, we will take the time to give them a brush as well!
During your cat’s stay, and for your reassurance, we are happy to text or e-mail you to let you know how your cat is, and you may of course call us at any time.
When the International Cat Care (previously known as the Feline Advisory Bureau FAB) ran their Cattery Boarding Scheme (which closed in 2014) the cattery was one of only four catteries approved by them in Norfolk. We are licensed by North Norfolk District Council and are fully insured.
*Karen has a special interest in feline behaviour and has a number of qualifications relating to cat care, welfare and behaviour.
- FAB cattery Management Course 2007
- Cambridge Inst. of Pet Behaviour and Care Feline Studies Foundation 2011
- Compass Training Certificate in Feline Behaviour (distinction) 2011
- International Cat Care Certificate in Feline Health and Welfare (distinction) 2012
- International Cat Care Diploma in Feline Health and Welfare – Boarding (distinction) 2013
- Compass Education Diploma in Feline Care and First Aid (distinction) 2015
- Compass Education Certificate in Feline Nutrition (pending)
If you would like any additional information or would like to inspect the cattery please do not hesitate to give us a ring - 01263 861948.
The accommodation consists of 16 luxury cabins set in our peaceful and secure garden which is overlooked by our home. The cabins have a full size, well insulated and thermostatically controlled heated sleeping apartment with an exercise run where the cats can play with the toys or relax on the ledges. With the latest edition of a fish pond and numerous bird feeders the cats have plenty of wildlife to watch.
The UPVC cabins provide a clean and hygienic environment for your cat’s stay and all cabins are fully cleaned and disinfected between occupancies. Scratch posts, baskets and warm fleecy beddings are supplied but owners are more than welcome to bring their cat’s bedding and toys to remind them of home and help settle them in.
For added security, there is a safety passage between the outside world and the exercise run in each pen, which means that one door is closed before another is opened, so the cats cannot escape.
In addition, each of the front doors to the cabins are individually locked at night. The premises are occupied 24-hours a day and have the benefit of a CCTV system.
We only supply the best quality wet food and biscuits and try to ensure that the food offered is the same as you give your cat at home. If allowed, they can have daily treats including fresh chicken or fish, all of which is prepared in our separate cat kitchen. Special diets can be catered for, usually at no additional cost and although prescription diets can be maintained during your cat’s stay we would request that you bring this food with you.
Regular meal-times are adhered to and biscuits are supplied throughout the day. Adult cats are fed wet food twice a day whereas kittens, seniors, or special cases are fed according to their requirements.
Unfortunately, male cats over the age of 7-months which have not been neutered cannot be boarded with us, as they can present an infection hazard.
Only fully vaccinated cats (immunized against feline infectious enteritis and respiratory infections (cat flu) can be accepted for boarding, and owners must produce a current vaccination certificate on arrival, which will be retained by us during your cat’s stay. Please ensure your cat’s regular flea and worming treatments are up to date.
No cat suffering from or suspected to be suffering from any infectious or contagious disease can be accepted. All cats will be examined on arrival and the proprietors reserve the right to refuse admission to any cat showing signs of ill-health pending advice from a Veterinary Surgeon. Any pre-existing conditions must be advised of at the time of booking.
Should your cat require any special care or medication this should be discussed upon booking, but in most cases we will be happy to continue with any treatment prescribed during your cat’s stay provided full instructions are supplied.
Veterinary attendance is assured during your cat's stay should this prove necessary, and while they are in our care they are covered by our insurance for veterinary fees which covers any conditions which are not pre-existing.
Terms and Conditions
To reduce the possibility of cross-infection a new arrival cannot be put into a newly emptied pen before extensive cleaning and disinfection is carried out. Because of this we do charge for the day of arrival and the day of departure.
- There is a minimum charge of £25 per stay.
- Discounts are available for stays of more than 28 consecutive days and multiple bookings during a twelve month period.
- Owners are responsible for any veterinary bills incurred by their cats while in residence – payment of which must be made on collection.
- We are able to arrange a collection and delivery service up to a maximum of 35 miles at £1 per mile.
- Payment of all charges to be made on collection of your cat by cash or cheque – we are sorry but we are unable to accept credit or debit cards at this time.
- Although we take cats for boarding over Christmas, we are closed for admissions and collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Current Daily rates
Our charges include heating, regular diet and lots of cuddles!
- 1 Cat £9.50
- 2 Cats sharing (from the same household) £13.50
- 3 Cats sharing (from the same household) £17.50
- 4 Cats sharing (from the same household) £21.50
Discounts are available for stays of more than 28-consecutive-days and for multiple bookings during a 12-month period. We offer a collection and delivery service at £1 per mile.
Please note our revised opening hours.
- Mon-Sat: 8.30am to 5pm
- Sun: 8.30am to 11am & 3.30pm to 5pm
Closed for admissions and collections on 25th and 26th December.
Other times by prior arrangement only.
From the Centre of Briston Village head towards Guestwick, passing the Explorers Coffee Bar. At the tight S-bend take the turning to the right into Craymere Road. Follow the road for about one-third of a mile and on the right-hand side is a track – there is a cat sitting up a tree – take that track.
Country Cats of Briston
"Could stay there myself"
"The very best cattery that I have ever seen"
"Particularly impressive and spotless facilities; dedicated owner"
"Just really impressed and Hope (our cat) seems really happy and well!"
"Karen kept us informed of how our cat was getting on whilst we were
away by text - which was fantastic"
"This is the best cattery we have ever come across - nothing was too much
trouble - we would recommend it unreservedly"
"Simply could not ask for better care - they absolutely go the 'extra mile. Superb facility"
"Best accommodation we have found for our cat in 16 years!
Very friendly and helpful proprietor"
"I will not hesitate to use this cattery again and will recommend it without reservation"
"Wonderful place - not only were cats looked after really well -
they also took photos our cats on their hols."
"Run by a wonderful lady"
"I found this cattery on your website and I have to say that this is the best
cattery we have ever used: Karen is a delight and obviously adores cats; the accommodation is spectacular - a cat's palace - and our cats' every want was catered for."
Telephone 01263 861948 or email