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• The only Pet Cremation Service in
the South Island INDIVIDUALLY
cremating each pet
• Qualified grief support
• Come direct to us for personal service
• Situated in a peaceful setting
• Open 7 days
• Pick up service available
For further information visit our website at: www.lovingtributes.co.nz
A CARING FAREWELL
The Cattery of Choice
• AsureQuality approved
• Spacious individual units in a tranquil rural setting, but within
the town boundary
• Single and indoor/outdoor family units available
• Premium quality cat and dog food from Royal Canin
• All bedding, cat towers, toys, feeding and toileting
• 24 hour monitored smoke and heat detectors
• Free local pickup and delivery service • Separate Isolation Unit
Phone: 03 313 2228
Opening Hours: Open 7 days 9am -- 12pm / 4pm -- 7pm
A superior cattery that prides itself on excellent customer service.
If your home is in need of EQC repairs, Ashley Boarding Cattery
offers safe and secure accommodation for your cat during this time,
meaning you have one less thing to worry about. We will provide
a written quote to your Insurance Company and arrange payment
directly with them once you have collected your cat.
Ph: 03 313 5335 Mob: 0274 420 004
202a King Street, Rangiora
FREEDOM FOR YOUR PET
With a cat or dog door
you can give your pet
independence with you
enjoying an uninterrupted
Does your dog
have itchy skin/
44 Newnham Street, Rangiora
Phone: 313 -3016
We stock four brands for hypo allergenic
pets or pets with a digestive disorder
Specializing in biologically
appropriate nutrition for your pets.
Caring for your cats
I'm going where?: You will enjoy your holiday
more if you are satisfied that your cat will be
comfortable in the cattery you have chosen.
So you are heading off on holiday, and you
need to find somewhere for the family moggie
to be looked after during your absence. You
find yourself a cattery, but how do you know
it is up to scratch, as it were?
Key questions to ask include the following:
1. Do the cats have individual, heated
Only cats from the same household should
be boarded together. Heating will ensure your
cat is comfortable whatever the weather,
important at this time of year.
2. Are dogs boarded there too?
If there are dogs there they need to be well
away as the sight, smell or noise from dogs in
kennels can be very stressful for cats.
2. Do the cats have an outdoor run?
Most cats prefer an outdoor run. They offer
better ventilation, and that prevents the
spread of bacteria and viruses within the
3. Is there a safety passage?
A safety passage encloses the entrances to
each cat's quarters, enabling easy recapture if
cats should try to escape.
4. Are you permitted to see exactly where
your cat will be housed?
If the cattery owner is reluctant, then go
5. Does my cat have to be vaccinated to stay
in a cattery?
Yes, and the cattery owner will advise. Your
furry friend will need to be vaccinated against
afflictions such as feline infectious enteritis
(Panleukopenia), Rhinotrachiitis (Herpes), and
Calicivirus. Vaccinations should take place well
before the cattery date to allow them to work.
6. My cat is on a prescription diet. Can she
still stay in a cattery?
Most catteries will be able to administer a
prescription diet to your cat if you provide it.
It is advisable to discuss this with the
proprietor of the cattery when making a
7. I have more than one cat -- will they be
able to stay together?
If the cattery has space, yes. Some catteries
can open cat flaps between smaller units to let
cats use the whole area.
8. What about grooming my longhair cat?
Some catteries make a charge for extra
grooming. Again, one should discuss with the
owner when making a booking.
9. What happens if my cat gets ill during her
A good cattery proprietor will assure you
that your cat will be cared for properly while
in the cattery. Cats should be monitored
regularly and any query about a cat's health
should be investigated promptly with either
the cat's own vet or the cattery vet, whichever
''The expectations of cat owners today is far
greater than before,'' says Donna Barlow of the
Ashley Boarding Cattery in Rangiora.
''With this in mind, my management
philosophy is simple. If it is not good enough
for me to stay in, it is not good enough for the
''When prospective clients are viewing a
boarding facility, they should be asking
themselves this question, 'Would I be happy
staying in this cattery'. If the answer is no, walk
''At Ashley Boarding Cattery we also
encourage owners to help settle their cats into
their units and stay as long as needed. This is
important for both owner and cat. Bringing a
favourite toy or blanket from home can also
A cattery which displays the AsureQuality
Logo is further proof that the facility practices
high standards of animal welfare and has
regular audits carried out by independent
When a loved pet dies
Gentle setting: Honouring the relationship we had with
a pet can help in the grieving and healing process.
The death of a pet can be devastating.
''What makes the grieving so painful
for many is that it's not always
acknowledged by others as being a
legitimate or important grief,'' qualified
counsellor and director of Loving
Tributes Pet Cremations Gaelynn
''Yet for many it's equivalent to the
loss of a family member, friend or
Loving Tributes is unique.
It is the only pet cremation service of
its kind in the South Island, offering an
individual cremation for each pet.
''We individually cremate people,''
says Beswick, ''so why not our loved
Beswick believes honouring the
relationship we've had with our pet
helps in the grieving and healing
For some this may mean having their pet at
home for a day or so, writing a letter or poem
to it, picking flowers, lighting a candle or
creating a memorial.
''It's important we have the time we need to
say goodbye,'' says Beswick.
Loving Tributes is set in a peaceful garden
on two acres near Lincoln.
A log cottage with dovecote and water
feature provide a gentle setting where people
can farewell their pet in quietness and privacy.
While most prefer to bring their deceased
pets directly to Loving Tributes for cremation,
a pick-up service from a veterinary clinic or
home is also available.
Owners return to collect their pets ashes in
either a small blue cardbox or wooden
Further information on Loving Tributes Pet
cremations and grieving the death of a
pet can be found at lovingtributes.co.nz.
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