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Our New “Recruit”, Solomon!!

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Meet the lovely Solomon!

He’s the latest addition to the Catseye Cattery Team! We have “adopted” Solomon as our client couldn’t look after him anymore. And he’s now firmly established himself as the “Cattery Cat”!!

So, next time you’re visiting us or just passing by, pop in and say “Hi” to this amazing chap!!

Filed under: Our Team — Tags: — Michael

Catseye Cattery Friend and Vet, Martha, Tells us About her Exciting new Adventure!

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

The life of a Home Visit Vet

I grew up with an idea of what veterinary work was like based on James Herriot’s books. I had a picture in my mind of sipping tea in lovely family homes while tending to their beloved pets, and making long-lasting relationships with all involved.

Of course, after going through vet school my eyes were opened to modern medicine and the excitement that brings. It is fast paced, dynamic and a real buzz. There is no end to what we can do for our animal friends, both medically and surgically. I began to see myself as someone from ER or Grey’s Anatomy, running around a state-of-the-art hospital yelling ‘STAT’ and being the only doctor in the western hemisphere who could possibly save little Fluffy (possibly while other ridiculously good-looking doctors swoon over me, if the aforementioned TV shows are anything to go by).

Starting practice gave me moments from each of these worlds (minus the swooning). I spent eight very rewarding years working in clinics, with the occasional home visit. Unfortunately, in clinic life home visits usually mean a pet needs to be put to sleep. In addition, to arrange a home visit a vet is required to cover the clinic hours while another goes out to the visit, so running the clinic becomes increasingly difficult if home visits are offered regularly for more routine affairs.

And then came Pawsquad! When I first came into contact with the team they explained the service they had created: each vet gets to run their own mobile clinic in their area. They help you get kitted up and find you willing customers, and days could be spent driving around visiting pets and people in their own homes, getting to spend as long as I liked with each one.

They also explained how, with the help of a great app and several exciting techy solutions, running the service would be very straightforward. Clients contact me via a direct messaging service through the app and store their pet’s details, see my calendar and even book themselves in for appointments with me. For the not-so-techy people I can be reached by e-mail or even the good old-fashioned phone.

At first I was nervous without the security of the clinic walls, wonderful nurses, receptionists and other vets to help in tricky situations. How would I manage on my own?!

Well, I have been up and running for three months now, and I absolutely love it. With the Pawsquad team behind me, any fears I had of going it alone proved very much unfounded; they are with me every step of the way. It really is wonderful to be able to see animals completely relaxed in their own environment; it is also lovely seeing the relief in the owners, having avoided the dreaded car journey with their pet (especially cats!).

I like to enter a house and sit and let the cats come and explore me and my vet bag in their own time. Most cats cannot resist coming to find out what I have in there. When they are comfortable with me being around, I will start to see how they feel about this new stranger conducting a veterinary examination on them. Most are pretty obliging at this point, as long as they can have a good sniff of all the equipment first. This also gives me plenty of time to chat to the owners about all aspects of the animal’s life.

Of course there is a limit to what I can do in the home. Much as I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I can achieve (including taking blood samples from cats on their owner’s knees!), I am not going to start operating on Fluffy on your coffee table! For this I have my lovely partner practice within Edinburgh where I can send patients who need surgery, hospitalisation or diagnostics such as x-rays. Unlike James Herriot, I also have a great emergency hospital which provides out-of-hours care for my patients. I always enjoyed Herriot’s stories of being awakened at 3am to drive out into the freezing Yorkshire Dales to see a cow, but was not overly enthused by this prospect in my own professional life! This service also means that if your pet does need emergency treatment in the night, it will be carried out at a fully equipped hospital, and you can be sure you will have a well-rested vet with you for all other needs.

So I am spending my days mostly on people’s floors being climbed on by their curious cats and waggy dogs, and finding it fascinating, rewarding and very touching. It is always lovely to see how animals are often at the absolute centre of people’s lives; they certainly always have been for me!

Check-Out Martha’s site at Pawsquad Vets

Filed under: Cat Care, Our Cattery Vet — Tags: — Michael

Join us to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 10 December!

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 3:20 pm

At this time of year, we like to invite our lovely customers and Facebook followers to join us on Saturday 10 December 10am-4pm for Prosecco, Mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies!!

This way we can meet our clients, say thank you for the support and wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Not only that, there’s 20% OFF EVERYTHING in our Catseye Cattery Shop on the day including the already heavily discounted cat litters 2 FOR £16 less 20%! Great quality feline goodies such as: Royal Canin, Applaws cat foods, Gorpets bedding, Hooded Litter trays, NEW Lines including cool cat scratchers, toys and Lily’s Kitchen organic cat foods.

And, check-out the reduced to clear section for many “give-away” products!

You could also win £50 Cat Hampurr in our raffle in aid of Lothian Cat Rescue.

Meet the Catseye Cattery Team and have a tour of our impressive facilities if you haven’t had a chance to do so before.

We’d love to see you!

Filed under: Catseye Cattery Shop — Tags: — Michael

Share the Love Valentines Competition.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Share the love this Valentines Day!!Please post a selfie with you and your feline loved-one on our Facebook page and you could win a £25 M&S voucher!For inspiration, here’s our Mike with Augustus

Terms & Conditions

  • To enter the competition, entrants should share posts on Facebook, accompanied by a selfie of themselves and their cat or just their cat
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 years or over.
  • The competition will close at midday on February 14th 2016.
  • The winner will be the most creative entry as chosen by the Catseye Cattery team and announced on Facebook on February 14th 2016. Every effort will be made to contact the winner. The winner will have 28 days to accept their prize.
  • Any entries outside of the promotion period will not be counted.
  • The prize is a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher.
  • By entering the competition you accept that your entry may be shared on Catseye Cattery’s Facebook page.
  • The Promoter’s decision is binding in all matters.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
Filed under: Competitions — Tags: — Michael

NEW! Catseye Cattery Gift Vouchers.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Treat your loved-one to a stay at Catseye Cattery by purchasing a Gift Voucher.

New for 2016, these vouchers can be used towards at stay at our cattery and are available in £10, £25, £50 or £100 values. Check out the link below.

Catseye Cattery Gift Voucher

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

Some Important Changes to our Terms & Conditions.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 1st, 2016 at 11:07 am

From the 1st January 2016 there will be a number of changes to our Standard Terms & Conditions:

1. The “Cancellation Policy” is changing. The 25% of the outstanding balance for any bookings cancelled on or within 28 – 15 days will be deleted. All other terms in the Cancellation Policy remain unchanged.

2. Christmas & New Years surcharges: A £10 charge per PEN/ROOM will now apply to the following days: Christmas day (25th Dec ), Boxing Day (26th Dec), New Years Day (1st Jan) and 2nd Jan.

3. Late Check-in and Late Check-out charges are increasing to a flat £40 per visit.  You may need to allow for an extra day either side of your travel arrangements/booking to avoid the out of hours charges. Please ask for details.

4. Our Daily Rates are increasing on 1st April 2016  as the new National Living Wage takes effect.  Please see our Rates Page for more information.

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

July Summer Holidays 2015

This entry was posted on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 8:26 pm

For most folks the summer holidays are just beginning!

But, to ensure total peace-of-mind when you’re on holiday it is always wise to book your cat into a good quality cattery, such as Catseye, well in advance!

We have now turned away over 200 people looking for cattery spaces in July. So, please please book early to avoid disappointment!

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

Great Shot from the Air of our Cattery Facilities!

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 9:54 pm

We love this shot of Catseye Cattery from the air. This was taken in June 2014 .

What’s your thoughts? We’d love to hear what you think of our cattery!

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

Paying for Booking Deposits is now Simples!

This entry was posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Introducing a great new and convenient way to pay for cattery booking deposits!!

Deposits can now be paid via our online store. Your booking confirmation email will have all the details but you can check-out the ap CLICK HERE.

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael

Small Business Saturday 6th Dec 2014.

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

You may have heard about Small Business Saturday UK which is taking place on 6th December.

Well, Catseye Cattery are getting involved by inviting all our cat loving friends to join us between 10am and 4pm on the big day for mulled wine ( or coffee! ) and mince pies!!

They’ll be 20% OFF everything in our shop (excluding cat litters)!! So, there’s no excuse when it comes to treating your loved-one this Christmas!!

From lovely cosy beds to gourmet foods and toys. Or you can simply have a look around our state-of-art cattery facilities if you haven’t been before.

Please share this post and we hope to see you on Small Business Saturday, 6th December!

Filed under: Catseye News — Tags: — Michael
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