cat·​tery ˈka-tə-rē How to pronounce cattery (audio)
plural catteries
: an establishment for the breeding and boarding of cats

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Marines toured the kennels and visited the shelter’s cattery and Military Working Dog Memorial. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 Houston's homeless cats and kittens will have a new, safe place to wait for their forever homes at thanks to a new state-of-the-art cattery at the BARC Animal Shelter. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2019 The $12,000 renovation gave the cattery more space to house up to 12 cats, two more than before. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Feb. 2018 The cattery’s facelift is the first phase of a plan to update Haven’s space for pets. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cattery was circa 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Cattery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


cat·​tery ˈkat-ə-rē How to pronounce cattery (audio)
plural catteries
: a place for the breeding, raising, or care of cats
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