“I look after the cats who board in my cattery in the same way as I would like mine to be looked after when they go into a cattery.”
Why I run a cattery
I’m Chantal and I run my small west London cattery, here in my garden, because I love spending my days with cats. I’m endlessly fascinated by how different they all are: each one has their own personality, their own quirks, likes and dislikes. I love the challenge of converting a nervous feline into one who wants to sit on my lap when I go into their cabin.
This is a ‘cat-centric’ cattery
Putting the cats first means that I:
- Hear what you, the owner, tell me about your cat’s likes and dislikes
- Tell you, the owner, how your cat has been during his/her stay: not just “fine”.
- Allocate 30 minutes for you to bring your cat and settle them in: this is your exclusive time, I don’t double-book appointments
- Discourage owners from bringing the whole family into the cattery when they bring and collect their cats – because children running around can unsettle the other cats. Families are welcome to wait quietly at a slight distance from the accommodation.
- Operate an appointment system, rather than permitting owners to pick up and drop off unannounced
History of the Cat’s Whiskers Cattery
I set up The Cat’s Whiskers in February 2006 and it immediately became a FAB listed cattery. Several people whose cats I boarded in my first year are still bringing their cats to me whenever they go away.