<![CDATA[The Cat Company]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/blogthecatcompanyRSS for NodeSun, 21 Apr 2024 21:56:31 GMT<![CDATA["How to Use a Checklist to Find Your Missing Cat: Free Download Included"]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/how-to-use-a-checklist-to-find-your-missing-cat-free-download-included6623bb3f8a505653af741ed0Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:04:11 GMTLeisa Davidson

mlost/missing cat

I have created a basic check list to help you find your missing cat. This will give a place to collect notes and information about your missing cat. Also it will help you keep track of the actions you have taken and where else you need to act.

Start with notes about the last time you see your cat, where it was and what was happening. Has anything unusual happened that day/time? Is there anything you can think of that was different that day, could you cat have been poorly or injured?

When starting your search, do speak to all your neighbours and take notes of when they last see your cat, and note any information they may tell you. Make notes if you have searched their property or gardens.

Make notes of the houses that you visit that no one is home, then you can revisit again later to check in with these neighbours, asking them when they last see your cat. Ask them if you can search their gardens, sheds and garages.

Keep a note of the areas that you have searched, if your family are covering different areas make sure each area is noted down. Then you can work different areas in a hope you find your missing cat quicker.

Note down roads/areas that you have leafleted, so if you need to widen your search later on you will know where has been leafleted.

List roads/areas that you have put up posters, again if you need to widen your search you will know where you can put up more posters. If you have found your cat you will know where to go to remove old posters.

Make a note of where you have advertised your missing cat on social media. Find more groups to search your missing cats information. Find local groups on Facebook and next-door app.

Put out items that smell of home outside in your garden, you don't need to put out lots of items just maybe a blanket. Try to leave doors and windows open at home, as cats can smell home from a good distance. Leaving the door or window open early morning, evening or overnight if possible, gives them the opportunity to get back into the home in the cover of darkness.

List the vets in your local area, send them a clear photo of your cat with the details of when your cat went missing, and how to contact you if your cat is handed into them.

List rescue centres and organisations in your area, send them details of your missing cat.

Make a list of people in your area that could look out for your missing cat. Postal workers, delivery drivers, people passing through your area daily. People using local shops or schools could possibly see your cat, so make sure you speak to as any many people as possible.

Speak to local rescue organisations that may offer help you be able to loan you humane traps or cameras to search for you missing cat.

Make sure you note down and potential sightings of your cat, and make sure you check these sightings out. Even if you think the distance is to far, you cat could have got in a van or car. Check every sighting.

Make sure you have contacted your microchipping company and registered your cat as missing.

Note down your cats microchipping number so you have it at hand if someone believes they have found your cat and can check microchipping details.

Arrange a search party with the help of friends and family, make a list of people you may help you search.

List your cat on as many lost/missing cat websites as you can, get your cats information out there so people can look out.

If you have covered your local area, search a wider search. What other areas could you search?

I hope this helps you find your missing cat. It may take weeks or months to find your missing cat , so don't give up to quickly, keep your search going. Good luck!

Download you check sheet here

<![CDATA[Essential Tips for Becoming a Successful Cat Sitter]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/essential-tips-for-becoming-a-successful-cat-sitter661fa450ed90393cb7e3b16dWed, 17 Apr 2024 11:27:57 GMTLeisa DavidsonBecoming a cat sitter is a great way to get paid doing something you love, especially if you're a cat person! If you are looking to start a pet sitting business then you need to do some research before you begin. Looking after peoples pets is hard work, and often it is 7 days a week and is a commitment. You must have a love for animals, be confident and caring. Whilst the owners away you are sole carer for their pets.

cat in a basket

Cat sitting is an amazing job and is very rewarding. If you are willing to put in the hard work and be committed you can build a successful business. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your journey to become a cat sitter.

What experience do I need to become a cat sitter?

To become a successful cat sitter, prior experience and a genuine love for cats are essential. Owning and caring for your own cats can provide valuable experience in understanding feline behaviour . It demonstrates your commitment to and understanding of cat care.

Volunteering at rescue centres, rescue fostering, or veterinary clinics can provide hands-on experience in caring for cats. This may involve feeding, cleaning, socialising, and providing basic medical care under supervision. Previous employment or volunteer work in pet-related roles, such as working at a boarding kennel, pet day care, or grooming salon, can provide relevant experience in animal care and customer service.

Experience in pet sitting or dog walking, even if not specifically for cats, can still be beneficial. It demonstrates your ability to care for animals, manage schedules, and communicate effectively with clients.

Do I need qualifications to be a cat sitter?

The answer is no, there is no qualifications you need to start a cat sitting business. However, to gain knowledge and experience you could start volunteering at a rescue centre to gain experience. There are lots of online courses you could complete to gain extra knowledge.

I would suggest you complete an animal first aid course, it is important to have a basic understanding pet illnesses and injuries. There are plenty of courses running so do research courses in your area. Many pets owners are more comfortable leaving their pets with someone qualified in animal first aid. This extra step showcases your dedication and preparedness for emergencies.

What other things do I have to put in place to be a cat sitter?

Firstly, you need to get public liability insurance insurance. This can be obtained from many insurance companies you can tailor fit your business, However, there are companies that specialise in animal/pet businesses such as Cliverton or Protectivity. So do visit their websites or call them for information.

Remember, cat sitting can be a rewarding experience for both you and the feline companions you care for. By following these steps and offering excellent service, you can build a successful cat sitting career.

Ultimately, the most important qualification for becoming a cat sitter is a genuine love for cats and a commitment to their well-being. Combine this passion with relevant experience, professionalism, and a strong work ethic, and you'll be well-equipped to embark on a successful career as a cat sitter.

<![CDATA[What to look for in a Professional Cat Sitter]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/what-to-look-for-in-a-professional-cat-sitter661d189bd012714bab18c795Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:52:41 GMTLeisa Davidson

cat on sofa

As a cat sitter I am always working to be the best feline care provider in my area. Here are few good qualities that you should be looking for in a cat sitter.

Good Understanding Cat Behaviour

Your cat sitter should have a deep understanding of cat behaviour, enabling them to anticipate your cats needs and respond appropriately to their cues.

Patience and Calmness

Cats can be sensitive animals, so patience and calm demeanour help them feel safe and comfortable with your cat sitter.

Reliability and Responsibility

Your cat sitter should be dependable and responsible, this is crucial when someone is caring for your beloved pet. You need total trust in your cat sitter to take care of your cats, and their reliability sets them apart from other pet services in the area.

Attention to Detail

Whether it's administering medication, following specific feeding instructions, or simply noticing changes in behaviour, your cat sitter must pay attention to details to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed.

Compassion and Empathy

Your cat sitter should genuinely care about the well-being of the cats they are looking after, and their compassion should shine through in the way they interact with your cats.

Safety and Security

Creating a safe environment for the cats is paramount. Your cat sitters knowledge of potential hazards and commitment to keeping your cats secure and safe should give you peace of mind.

Communication Skills

Clear and timely communication with pet owners is essential for building trust and ensuring that your expectations are met. The cat sitters ability to keep you informed about your cat's well-being while you are away is invaluable.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Cats can be unpredictable, and situations may arise that require flexibility and adaptability. Your cat sitters ability to handle unexpected circumstances with grace and find solutions quickly.

Love for Animals

Ultimately, your cat sitter should have a genuine love for animals is what drives them to be the best cat sitter they can be. Passion for caring for cats shines through in every interaction.

Observational Skills

Your cat sitter should be attentive to the cats' behaviours, mood changes, and any signs of discomfort or illness so your cat sitter to address your cats needs promptly.

Problem-Solving Abilities

Your cat sitter should be resourceful and adaptable when facing unexpected situations, such as a cat escaping or having a medical issue, this demonstrates their ability to handle challenges effectively.

Bonding and Affection

Your cat sitter should build a bond with the cats through affection, playtime, and grooming, this can make their experience more enjoyable and help alleviate any separation anxiety.


Treating cat sitting as a professional service, including being punctual, maintaining confidentiality, and respecting the owner's home and property, reflects positively on your reputation as a cat sitter.

Continuous Learning Your cat sitter should stay updated on best practices in cat care, behaviour, and health. This ensures that your cat sitter is providing the highest level of service to both cats and you the cat owner.

Embodying these qualities and continuously striving to improve skills, your cat sitter should be confident in their ability to provide excellent care as a cat sitter.

<![CDATA[Unleash the Fun: A Cat's Favourite Toys Revealed!]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/unleash-the-fun-a-cat-s-favourite-toys-revealed66054e516ccebaa830ae232cThu, 28 Mar 2024 11:30:33 GMTLeisa DavidsonIn the world of cat fun, toys are king. Cats, those mysterious and playful creatures, have all sorts of preferences when it comes to toys. Whether it's a feathered wand or a crinkly ball, every cat has its own favourite. So, let's explore the wonderful world of cat toys and discover what makes them purr with joy.

Two kittens playing

1. Feather Wands:

Feather wands are the quintessential cat toy, captivating our feline friends with their fluttering feathers and tantalizing movements. Mimicking the movements of prey, these wands trigger your cat's natural hunting instincts, providing hours of entertainment and exercise. Plus, the interactive nature of feather wands strengthens the bond between you and your furry companion as you engage in play together.


2. Interactive Laser Pointers:

The allure of a tiny, elusive red dot is irresistible to most cats. Laser pointers offer endless amusement as cats chase and pounce on the elusive light, providing mental stimulation and physical activity. However, it's essential to remember not to shine the laser directly into your cat's eyes to prevent any potential harm.


3. Crinkle Balls:

There's something oddly satisfying about the sound of crinkling paper, at least from a cat's perspective. Crinkle balls, typically made of paper or plastic, provide sensory stimulation and encourage playful behaviour. Their lightweight design makes them easy for cats to bat around, satisfying their predatory instincts while keeping them entertained for hours on end.


4. Catnip Toys:

Ah, catnip—the ultimate indulgence for our feline friends. Catnip toys infused with this aromatic herb can send cats into a state of euphoria, resulting in playful antics and uninhibited frolicking. From stuffed mice to plush balls, catnip toys come in various shapes and sizes, ensuring there's something for every cat to enjoy.


5. Interactive Puzzle Toys:

For the intellectually inclined feline, interactive puzzle toys offer mental stimulation and problem-solving opportunities. These toys often feature hidden treats or compartments that cats must manipulate to access their rewards, engaging their curiosity and intelligence. Not only do puzzle toys provide entertainment, but they also help prevent boredom and reduce destructive behaviours.


As you explore the world of cat toys, remember to observe your cat's preferences and adapt accordingly. Whether it's the thrill of the hunt or the allure of catnip, finding the perfect toy can bring endless joy and enrichment to your feline companion's life. So, let the games begin and watch as your cat unleashes their inner playful spirit!

<![CDATA[Essential Equipment for Locating Missing Cats: A Comprehensive Guide]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/essential-equipment-for-locating-missing-cats-a-comprehensive-guide66018b527c827afe026c3ea0Mon, 25 Mar 2024 15:12:21 GMTLeisa Davidson


Losing a beloved feline companion can be a distressing experience for any cat owner. When a cat goes missing, it can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, with the right equipment and strategies, the chances of locating a missing cat can greatly improve. In this guide, we'll explore the essential equipment needed to aid in the search for missing cats, providing valuable insights for concerned pet owners.

Torch: A reliable torch is an indispensable tool when searching for a missing cat, especially during night-time or in dimly lit areas. Opt for a durable, waterproof flashlight with a long battery life. A torch can help illuminate dark corners, under bushes where a cat might be hiding. Additionally, by using a torch you maybe able to see the reflection of the cats eyes.


Wildlife Cameras: Wildlife cameras are motion-activated devices designed to capture images or videos of wildlife in their natural habitat. These cameras can be strategically placed in areas where the missing cat was last seen or suspected to frequent. Look for cameras with infrared technology for night-time surveillance, as cats are often more active during the cover of darkness. Wildlife cameras provide valuable insights into the cat's movements and behaviour, aiding in the search efforts.


Humane Trap: A humane trap is a humane and effective way to capture a missing cat that may be too scared or cautious to approach humans. These traps typically consist of a cage or enclosure with a triggering mechanism that safely shuts the door once the cat enters. Place enticing bait such as tuna or catnip inside the trap to attract the cat. Humane traps should be monitored regularly to ensure the cat is safely captured and unharmed.


Night Vision Camera: In addition to wildlife cameras, a night vision camera can be a valuable asset for nocturnal surveillance. Night vision cameras use infrared technology to capture clear footage in low-light or nighttime conditions, allowing you to monitor the cat's movements even in the darkest of environments. Whether mounted on a tripod or placed discreetly in strategic locations, a night vision camera provides around-the-clock surveillance to aid in the search efforts.


Listening Device: A listening device can help detect the faint sounds of a missing cat's meows or movements. These devices use advanced technology to amplify and pinpoint sounds within a certain radius, allowing you to zero in on the cat's location more effectively. Pair a listening device with a pair of high-quality headphones for optimal sound clarity and sensitivity during the search.


Thermal Heat Device Camera: A thermal heat device camera detects heat signatures emitted by living beings, making it an invaluable tool for locating a missing cat, especially in dense foliage . Thermal cameras can detect heat even in complete darkness, allowing you to identify the cat's presence based on body heat. By scanning the surrounding area with a thermal heat device camera, you can quickly identify potential hiding spots or sheltering areas where the cat may be seeking refuge.


When a cat goes missing, time is of the essence, and having the right equipment can make all the difference in locating your furry friend safely. By equipping yourself with essential tools such as torches, wildlife cameras, humane traps, night vision cameras, listening devices, and thermal heat device cameras, you can enhance your search efforts and increase the likelihood of a happy reunion with your beloved cat. Remember to stay calm, persistent, and proactive in your search efforts, and don't hesitate to seek assistance from local animal shelters or community groups if needed. With the right equipment and support, the chances of finding a missing cat are greatly improved, offering hope and reassurance to concerned pet owners everywhere.

<![CDATA[The Hidden Danger: Protecting Your Cats from Toxic Plants and Flowers]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/the-hidden-danger-protecting-your-cats-from-toxic-plants-and-flowers65fac6f77d6e04fe9a8cd26cWed, 20 Mar 2024 11:51:22 GMTLeisa Davidson

Lilies are dangerous for cats

As a cat lover, you want nothing more than to provide a safe and enriching environment for your furry companions.

However, there's a silent danger lurking in many homes – toxic plants and flowers. While these decorative additions may seem harmless, some pose serious risks to our cats, with lilies being among the most notorious culprits.

The Dangers of Lilies for cats

Lilies are often admired for their elegant blooms and fragrant aroma, but they harbour a hidden threat to cats. All parts of the lily plant, including the petals, leaves, stems, and pollen, contain toxins that can cause severe poisoning in cats. Even small ingestions, such as grooming pollen off their fur or drinking water from a vase containing lilies, can lead to devastating consequences.

The toxins present in lilies can cause acute kidney failure in cats, a condition that can be fatal if not treated promptly. Symptoms of lily poisoning may include vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, dehydration, and ultimately, kidney failure. Sadly, many cat owners may not realize their pet has ingested a toxic plant until it's too late. Lilies are FATAL for cats.

It's not just lilies that pose a threat to our feline companions. Several other common plants and flowers found in households can also be harmful. Some of these include:

Lilies: All varieties of lilies, including Easter lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic lilies, and more, are highly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.

Azaleas: These flowering shrubs contain toxins called toxins, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, and even cardiac issues in cats.

Rhododendrons: Similar to azaleas, rhododendrons contain toxins that can cause gastrointestinal upset, drooling, and potentially more severe symptoms in cats.

Tulips: All parts of the tulip plant, including the bulb, leaves, and flowers, contain toxins that can cause gastrointestinal irritation and, in severe cases, cardiac abnormalities in cats.

Daffodils: Daffodils contain toxic alkaloids, such as lycorine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and cardiac issues if ingested by cats.

Hyacinths: Like tulips, all parts of the hyacinth plant contain toxins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and, in severe cases, cardiac issues in cats.

To protect your cats from the dangers of toxic plants and flowers, consider the following precautions:

Educate Yourself: Familiarise yourself with common plants and flowers that are toxic to cats. Be cautious when bringing new plants into your home, and research their safety beforehand.

Create a Safe Environment: Opt for cat-friendly plants such as catnip, cat grass, and spider plants that are non-toxic and safe for feline consumption.

Keep Plants Out of Reach: Place toxic plants and flowers in areas that are inaccessible to your cats, such as high shelves or hanging baskets. Remember that cats are curious creatures and may still find a way to reach plants, so it's essential to be vigilant. Better not to have dangerous plants in the house if possible.

Monitor Your Cat's Behaviour: Keep an eye on your cat's behaviour and watch for any signs of illness or unusual symptoms. If you suspect your cat has ingested a toxic plant, seek immediate veterinary care.

Consider Alternatives: If you're unsure about the safety of a particular plant, opt for artificial or silk alternatives instead.

While plants and flowers can add beauty and tranquillity to our homes, they can also pose significant risks to our cats. By being vigilant, educating ourselves, and taking proactive measures to create a safe environment, we can protect our beloved cats from the dangers of toxic plants and flowers like lilies and ensure they live long, healthy lives.

<![CDATA[How to create an easy lost cat poster free of charge]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/how-to-create-an-easy-lost-cat-poster-free-of-charge65f98056ef052d0f75e73d6cTue, 19 Mar 2024 12:52:52 GMTLeisa Davidson

Free to design missing cat poster

When your cat goes missing using posters or leaflets is one of the best ways to get your missing cat in front of as many local people as possible.

However, it can be stressful trying to design a missing cat poster or leaflet, so here I am going to give you some easy tips to help you.

If you are not good with technology and find design difficult I can offer you some advice to make this task so much easier.

Above is a leaflet/poster I have designed and it only took a couple of minutes. Firstly you need to join a design website call Canva. The link is here www.canva.com.

When you have got to the Canva website, then join up for a free account. Once you have logged into your free account you need to search lost pet poster by using the search bar which is just below where is says what do you want to do today?

There will be a huge selection of missing pet posters that will come up on the website that you can chose from. Then choose a poster that is easy to read and will stand out.

Choose one of the leaflets that are free, if they have a small crown or a pound sign on the right hand side of the poster you will need to paid for this poster. So choose one with no crown or pound sign and this will be free.

Below are some examples

Free missing cat poster

Poster with £1 on right hand corner will needed to be paid for

Poster with crown means you need to have a paid account for this poster

Once you have chosen your poster, you can easily edit on the link it says to customised this template. Add your information the template, add your cats photo and details of area and a contact number. Once this is done you can save the poster on the top right hand side and then download to your computer.

Once down loaded to your computer you can print this poster out at home or send it to a printing company.

I use a company called Helloprint to print out my posters, you can contact them at www.helloprint.co.uk. I find the cost very reasonable and the turn around is very quick.

Once you have you poster and leaflets you can then distribute them out to the local community. Good luck finding your missing cat .

<![CDATA[List of Cat Rescues in Hertfordshire]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/list-of-cat-rescues-in-hertfordshire65f4343ae8a367673e5c41f9Fri, 15 Mar 2024 15:30:05 GMTLeisa Davidson

Herfordshire cat rescues

Alfs Pet Food bank and Pet Rescue - Hertford Telephone 07714 999581

Email info@alfsherts.com


Alma And Makkos Furry Friends - Biggleswade

Email: furryfriendsfundraising@yahoo.com

Animal Rescue Charity (ARC) - Bishop Stortford

Telephone 01279 501547

Email support@animalrescue.org.uk

Website www.animalrescue.org.uk

Animal Support Angels -Hemel Hempstead

Telephone 07752 400127

Email amanda@animalsupportangels.com

Website www.animalsupportangels.com

animal support angels

Blue Cross - Hertfordshire Rehoming Centre - Hitchin

Telephone 0300 777 1844

Email hertfordshire@bluecross.org.uk

Website www.bluecross.org.uk

Bushey Tail Cat Aid - Watford

Email bushytailcataid@gmail.com

Bushy Tail Cat Aid Facebook Page

Cat And Kitten Rescue

Telephone 07843 118 426

Email catandkittenrescue@hotmail.comCat & Kitten Rescue's Facebook Page

Cat Welfare - Luton

Telephone  07896 082252

Email catwelfareluton@gmail.com

Website www.catwelfareluton.wixsite.com/catwelfareluton

cat welfare group

Cats Protection - Epping Forest

Telephone 01992 280162

Email enquiries@eppingforest.cats.org.uk

Website: www.cats.org.uk/epping-forestNational

Cats protection -Hemel Hempstead

Telephone 03453 711 851

Email debs.catsprotection1@outlook.com

Website www.cats.org.uk/dacorumNational

Cats protection - Lea Valley

Telephone 0333 567 4746

Email adoption@leavalley.cats.org.uk

Website www.cats.org.uk/leavalleyNational

Cats Protection _ Stevenage

Telephone 01438 228877

Email adoptionteamleader@northherts.cats.org.uk

Website www.cats.org.uk/northhertsNational

Cats Protection - St Albans

Telephone 0345 371 2064

Email enquiries@stalbans.cats.org.uk

Website www.cats.org.uk/stalbansNational

Cats Protection - Watford

Telephone: 01923 283 338

Email threeriversandwatfordcats@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.cats.org.uk/threeriversNational

Cats Protection - Welwyn and Hatfield

Telephone 0345 371 1855

Email adoption@welwynhatfield.cats.org.uk

Website www.cats.org.uk/welwynhatfieldNational

cats protection

The Cats Whiskers Rescue -Broxbourne

Telephone 0787 880 3137

Email info@catswhiskersrescue.com

Website www.catswhiskersrescue.com

Cherry Tree Rescue

Telephone 07740346108

Email cherrytreecatrescue@gmail.com

Cherry Tree Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Feline Rescue

Telephone  01582 732347

Email fcrtrustees@outlook.com

Friends of Felines

Telephone 07970 484265

Email rescue@friendsoffelines.org

Website www.friendsoffelines.org

Glendee Resce and Rehoming - Hatfield

Email glendeekennels@hotmail.com

Website www.glendeedogrescue.com

Heathlands Animal Sanctuary - Royston

Telephone 01223 207823 - Cats

Telephone 01763 244488 - dogs and rabbits

Email general_enquiries@heathlands.org.uk

Website www.heathlands.org.uk

Homeless Cat Rescue - Luton

Telephone 01582 529009

Email homelesscatrescue@hotmail.com

Website www.homelesscatrescue.co.uk

homeless cat rescue

Kitty Kat Rescue and Rehoming - Watford

Telephone 07957 324322

Email kittykatrescue1@hotmail.com

Kitty Kat Rescue & Rehoming's Facebook

Lulubells Rescue - St Albans

Telephone 07711 053252

Email lulubellsrescue@yahoo.com

Website www.lulubellsrescue.com

Luna Animal Rescue - Arlesey

Telephone 07970 800530

Email luna.ar@hotmail.co.uk

Website www.lunaanimalrescue.org

Meowcat Rescue - Harlow

Email meowcatrescue21@gmail.com

Moonstone Rescue - Hertford

Telelphone 07707 140235

Email Info@moonstonerescue.com

Website www.moonstonerescue.com

National Animal Welfare Trust- Herfordshire

Telephone 0208 950 0177 Email: reception@nawt.org.uk

Website www.nawt.org.uk/centres/hertfordshire

Precious Paws Cat Rescue - Rickmansworth

Telephone 01923 578500

Email springwellcattery@yahoo.com

Website www.preciouspawscatrescue.com

Rehoming Animal Telephone Service (RATS) - Bedford

Telephone 01767 681157 - CATS

Telephone 01763 289827 - Dogs

Telephone  01234 342150 Small mammals

Email info.rats@gmail.com

Website www.rats-animalrescue.co.uk

rehoming animal telephone service

RSPCA - Hertfordshire East

Telephone 07500 967145

Email Via the Contact Page on the RSPCA Hertfordshire East website

Website www.rspcahertseast.org.uk

RSPCA -Middlesex North West and South Herts

Telephone 020 8966 9688

Email info@rspcamiddlesex.org.uk

Website www.rspca.org.uk/local/middlesex-north-west-and-south-hertfordshire-branch

RSPCA - Southridge Animal Centre - Potters Bar

Telephone 0300 123 0704

Email southridge@rspca.org.uk

Website www.rspca.org.uk/local/southridge-animal-centre

RSPCA - Saffron Walden

Telephone 01279 30605

Email clinic@rspcastortvalley.org.uk

Website www.rspcastortvalley.org.uk

The Scratching Post

Telephone 01992 626110

Email susan.delaney@aol.co.uk

Website www.scratchingpost.co.uk

South Oxhey Animal Rescue

Telephone 0208 386 3275

Email rainbowfacet@yahoo.co.uk

Toe Beans Cat Rescue

07436 285029



toe beans

<![CDATA[Help And Advice To Find Your Missing Cat]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/help-and-advise-to-find-your-missing-cat65f1baba28f5c32febc2b543Wed, 13 Mar 2024 16:05:59 GMTLeisa Davidson

missing cat

Here are plenty of tips to act upon to help you find your missing cat. It is extremely upsetting when you cat goes missing, try not to panic. Put a plan into action to help your chances of finding your missing cat.

Step one - Do check your property, check all around the house in any hiding places such as the bottom of the wardrobe. Check outside in sheds and outbuildings, check inside your car as some cats often climb in when you are not looking. Check around bushes and shrubs and up trees. Call your cat in the local area, call out in your normal tone of voice, call around the local area as he may not be that far from home. Make sure you stop at listen as he maybe shut in a shed or garage, wall to back out gardens if possible. Many lost cats are found hiding in a local garden.

Step two - Ask neighbours to check sheds and garages, ask them when they last noticed your cat. Do they have any information to give you, you can always ask if you can search their gardens. Your cat maybe hiding in their garden but may not come to a stranger calling them.

Step three - Start a physical search in your local area, check the next street or two. Your cat could have been chased off his area by another cat or been scared by a fox. There are many reasons your cat may have gone missing. The best time to look for your cat is when it is starting to get get dark, check the local area by calling your cat. Take a torch with you as then you can check under cars and behind bushes. Do take your time searching, if your cat is injured he may take a time to respond to you. Early morning is also a good time to go out searching, do check your garden again in the morning as many cat travel home in the night and could be around your garden.

Step four - Make up some leaflets and posters. Hand your leaflets out to neighbouring households, it may be best to door knock as you hand out the leaflets as this helps created and emotional connection with your neighbours. To start with leaflet within 3 streets around your area, you can always take the leaflets further afield if you still do not find your cat in the local area. Put up clear posters, a good image of your cat with a telephone number you can be contacted on if someone notices your cat. Hand posters to local shops such as newsagents and local vets.

Step five - Get your cat on social media. Facebook is great for sharing, share on all local community groups and lost pets groups. Nextdoor app is also a great way to spread the information that your cat is missing. Share daily and keep your cat story up to date to encourage people to look out for your cat.

Step six - Email all local vets with your cats details and a clear photo, you can send details of your cat, age, description stating any distinguishing details about your cat. Call the vets every few days to keep in contact with them and keep them aware your cat is still missing.

Step seven - Make sure your cat microchip details are correct and up to date. Call your microchipping company and register your cat as missing.

Extra tips for finding your cat.

Leave your window or door open at night ( when dark) many cats travel back in the dark and may try to get inside at night. If you don't have a cat flap it would be advisable to leave access to your home at night if safe to do so.

Leave out a blanket, cats have a great sense of smell, equally leaving a window open as they can smell home from a distance. I DO NOT advise leaving litter or food outside, as this only encourages other cats/foxes to the area, This could stop your cat from coming back if a local bully cat is on your cats territory.

Do check if any properties in the area are empty as often get trapped inside, properties with cat flaps where they can get access inside but may not be able to get back outside.

Do check trees as often they climb a tree and get stuck and are to scared to venture back down.

Do not give up searching to soon, sometimes it takes weeks or months before your cat is sighted, keep sharing on social media, keep leafleting and keep communicating with local people.

<![CDATA[Have You Seen This Cat? Atticus missing from Ware, Hertfordshire]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/have-you-seen-this-cat-atticus-missing-from-ware-hertfordshire65e9943c5ad7cc398d402a8bFri, 08 Mar 2024 14:29:58 GMTLeisa Davidson

Missing black and white cat

Atticus Has been missing from Ware, Hertfordshire since the 2nd January. Atticus is used to going outside, and spends the day outside with his brother Oscar.

black and white cat

On the 2nd January Atticus had been home for his dinner and had spent some time at home. Early evening around 6pm Atticus went back out, he is usually back within an hour or twice. It was nearly 9pm and Atticus had not come home.

Black and white cat

At 10pm Atticus owners were outside searching for him, the weather was pretty bad that night, very windy and raining. So very unusual that Atticus had not come home.

black and white cat

Atticus is a very small cat, although he likes to be out hunting, he is never far from home. His brother Oscar is usually not far behind him, so maybe Atticus got in a van late that night. The area was leafletted and posters were put up, every local garden was searched but there was no sign of Atticus.

black and white cat

Atticus could be anywhere if he got in a van that night, there have been no sightings at all in the local area. The search continues to find him, and posts are shared on facebook and Nextdoor app regularly.

black and white cat

Atticus is neutered and chipped, a small black and white cat with a stripe of white down his nose.

black and white cat

Atticus is a shy cat, and will be pretty timid, with a small cry.

black and white cat

Oscar, Atticus brother is missing him very much. If you believe you have seen Atticus them please contact me at The Cat Company or call on 07397 187977


two cats

<![CDATA[Ways to Keep Your House Cat Entertained for Hours on End]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/ways-to-keep-your-house-cat-entertained-for-hours-on-end65e1ce66ebd29b646deb4ab2Fri, 01 Mar 2024 13:55:14 GMTLeisa Davidson


Since having my house cat Blue, I can see how bored he gets at home alone. Here are a few ideas that I use to keep him entertained.

cat playing

Living with a cat is like having a furry comedian in your house. They provide endless entertainment, from their acrobatic leaps to their sassy side-eye stare. But sometimes, even the most playful kitty needs a little extra stimulation.

Tabby cat

Here's how to ensure your feline overlord is kept royally amused:

1. Cardboard Box Bonanza:

Cats are notorious for their love affair with cardboard boxes. Turn this obsession into a game by creating a "cat castle" village. Stack boxes of different sizes, cut out doorways and windows, and let your cat explore their cardboard kingdom. Bonus points for decorating with catnip and dangling toys from the "towers."

cat in cardboard box

cat in box

cat in a box

2. The Laser Pointer Chase:

This classic never gets old. Unleash your inner child and become the master of the red dot. Guide your cat on a laser-fuelled adventure, sending the dot scurrying under furniture and around corners. Just be prepared for the inevitable moment of frustration when they realize they can't actually catch the elusive red dot.

ctas looking at laser

3. The Catnip Conspiracy:

Catnip, nature's feline happy hour, can turn your usually dignified cat into a playful goofball. Sprinkle a pinch on a scratching post, a stuffed toy, or even a crumpled piece of paper. Watch as your cat rolls around in blissful oblivion, forgetting all their worldly woes (like world domination, obviously).

ginger cat playing

4. The Feathered Frenzy:

Cats have a primal instinct to stalk and pounce. Channel this inner hunter with a feathery toy on a string. Drag it across the floor, flick it through the air, and watch your cat unleash their predatory prowess. Just remember to supervise playtime to avoid any accidental ingestion of feathers or string.

worn out cat toy

5. The Treat-Dispensing Shenanigans:

Turn mealtime into a mental challenge. Hide kibble around the house in unexpected places or invest in a food puzzle toy that requires your cat to paw, bat, and problem-solve to get to their delicious reward.

treat dispenser


  • Rotate toys regularly to keep them interesting.

cat with cat grass

  • Pay attention to your cat's body language and stop playtime if they seem overwhelmed.

3 cats

  • Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the hilarious antics of your feline friend!



cat in catio

By incorporating these tips, you can transform your home into a playground for your cat, ensuring their entertainment and, more importantly, their continued reign of adorable terror.

<![CDATA[Why A Lost Or Missing Cat Will Hide]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/why-lost-or-missing-cat-will-hide65ddfaeda35a55d6b97f1bd8Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:53:44 GMTLeisa Davidson

lost or missing cat may hide

Losing a feline companion is a heart-breaking and stressful experience. However, understanding how lost cats think and act can make a huge difference in finding them quickly and safely. Lets dive into why they hide, how their travel patterns differ, and the best times to search.

Survival Instincts: Why Lost Cats Hide

One crucial thing to remember is that cats are wired for survival. When thrust into an unfamiliar environment, their instincts kick into high gear. Typically, two things may happen.

Freeze: Out of fear and disorientation, the cat may "freeze" and find the closest secure spot to hide. This could be under a car, in dense bushes, under a decking, or even in a drainpipe. These hiding spots offer a sense of safety and camouflage.

Bolt: Some cats, particularly if very skittish, may bolt and run until they find what they perceive to be a safe hiding spot.

In both cases, even familiar voices and smells may not be enough to lure the cat out because their fear response has taken over.

Wandering Patterns: How Far Do Lost Cats Go?

There's no hard and fast rule, as it depends on your cat's personality, terrain, and any encounters it may have had. Here's what you need to keep in mind.

  • Shy Cats: Indoor cats or timid outdoor cats are more likely to stay very close to the escape point (a door, a window), hiding within a couple of houses from their home.

  • Bold Cats: Adventurous cats might roam further, but they often become disoriented and can end up hiding in unfamiliar territory.

  • Displacement by Other Animals or People: Cats can be chased or scared off by dogs, other cats, or even well-meaning humans attempting to catch them. This displaces them further from their starting point.

Timing Is Everything: Best Times to Search

The search time matters a lot for increasing the chances of finding a lost kitty.

  • Dusk, Dawn, and Night: Cats are crepuscular, meaning most active during these quieter times. Search with a flashlight and listen intensely – meows might be more audible.

  • Early Stages Are Critical: The first 24-48 hours are considered the prime time for finding your cat close to home. Don't delay your search efforts!

Important Things to Remember

  • Don't Call Their Name Loudly: This might scare them further. Use calm, soothing tones.

  • Leave Doors or windows open: By leaving doors and windows may help the cat to smell out direction of home, can help draw them near familiar territory.

  • Think Like a Cat: Search in small spaces, under and behind objects, and in high places.

<![CDATA[Gratitude Overflowing: The Cat Company Thanks Doxdirect.com for Printing Free Missing Cat Posters in the UK!]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/gratitude-overflowing-the-cat-company-thanks-doxdirect-com-for-printing-free-missing-cat-posters-in65dc9581c6faa8a5e1fcd208Mon, 26 Feb 2024 14:00:18 GMTLeisa Davidson

Atticus is missing

Dear Cat Lovers and Pet Enthusiasts,

Above is Atticus, he is missing from Ware, Hertfordshire. Missing since 2nd January, sadly he is still missing. But a huge thank you to Doxdirect.com for supplying free posters in order for The Cat Company to try and find him. Atticus is not my cat but I cat sit for him and his brother Oscar. Please look out for Atticus as he is still missing and his brother is missing him.

ginger cat

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the amazing team at Doxdirect.com for their invaluable support in helping reunite lost feline companions with their loving families.

The Cat Company has been on a mission to assist those experiencing the heart-wrenching situation of a missing cat, and Doxdirect.com has proven to be an essential partner in this endeavour.

In times when finances may be tight, and the worry for a beloved pet's safety weighs heavy on the hearts of many, Doxdirect.com has stepped up by generously providing free printing services for missing cat posters in the UK. This act of kindness goes beyond the ordinary and serves as a beacon of hope for distressed pet owners across the country.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the entire Doxdirect.com team for their unwavering commitment to supporting our cause. By offering complimentary printing services for missing cat posters, they have become instrumental in spreading the word and aiding in the swift return of our feline friends to their loving homes.

To all the cat lovers out there, we urge you to consider supporting Doxdirect.com. Not only are they a reliable and efficient printing service, but they also demonstrate a genuine compassion for the well-being of our furry companions and the emotional distress their absence can cause.

Let's join together in thanking Doxdirect.com for their generosity and compassion. Your support can make a significant difference in helping those who are going through the difficult experience of having a missing pet. Together, we can ensure that no cat owner feels alone in their search for their beloved feline friend.

Thank you, Doxdirect.com, for being a shining example of corporate kindness and for contributing to the well-being of our beloved cats and their families.


The Cat Company

<![CDATA[Reasons to Hire a Cat Sitter Instead of using a Cattery]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/reasons-to-hire-a-cat-sitter-instead-of-using-a-cattery65d7984368c1d91272132498Fri, 23 Feb 2024 11:07:09 GMTLeisa Davidson

Cat sitter

Planning a trip can be exciting, but the thought of leaving your beloved cat behind can quickly turn your joy into anxiety. Fear not, fellow cat parent! Choosing a cat sitter instead of a cattery can be the best solution, offering a multitude of benefits for both you and your feline companion.

Stress Reduction for the Cat

Cats are creatures of habit, and abrupt changes in their environment can induce stress and anxiety. Unlike a boarding facility or cattery, a cat sitter allows your feline friend to remain in the comfort of its own home. This continuity in surroundings minimises the stress associated with travel or relocation, promoting a sense of security and well-being. No being forced into a cat carrier, another stress trigger for your cat.

Personalised Attention

One of the benefits of hiring a cat sitter is the undivided, personalised attention your cat receives. Professional cat sitters are not only experienced in feline care but also attuned to the unique needs and preferences of each cat. This individualised care can include playtime, grooming, and companionship, ensuring that your cat not only has its physical needs met but also thrives emotionally.

Health Monitoring

Cats, by nature, can be extremely good at hiding signs of illness. A cat sitter, through regular visits, becomes attuned to the subtle changes in the cat's behaviour or appearance that might indicate health concerns. They can monitor your cat's eating habits, litter box usage, and overall demeanour, providing early detection of potential health issues and allowing for prompt veterinary care.

Home Security

Beyond the care of your cat, a cat sitter provides an added layer of home security. Regular visits create the illusion of an occupied home, acting as a deterrent to potential burglars. The presence of a cat sitter checking on your cat, collecting mail, and adjusting lights contributes to the overall safety and security of your property.

Customised Care

Every cat is unique, with specific dietary requirements, feeding schedules, and preferences. Cat sitters are will follow detailed instructions provided by the owner. Whether it's administering medications, working to a specific feeding routine, or catering to special needs, a cat sitter offers customised care that may not be achievable in a standard boarding facility.

Emotional Well-being of the Cat

Cats are known for forming strong bonds with their owners. Separation, even for short periods, can be emotionally challenging for them. A cat sitter, with their regular visits and interaction, helps alleviate feelings of loneliness and abandonment. This continuity in companionship contributes significantly to the emotional well-being of your cat.

Peace of Mind for the Owner

Leaving your beloved pet in the care of a professional cat sitter provides peace of mind for the owner. Knowing that a responsible and experienced individual is attending to your cat's needs, ensuring their health and happiness, allows you to focus on your travels or work commitments without unnecessary worry or guilt.

Flexibility and Convenience

Unlike the constraints of boarding facilities that operate on set schedules, cat sitters offer flexibility in terms of timing and duration of visits. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for cats that may be shy or reserved, allowing them to maintain their preferred routines without the added stress of unfamiliar surroundings.

Bond Building

Regular interaction with a cat sitter can contribute to the strengthening of the bond between the caregiver and the cat. Over time, the cat becomes familiar with the sitter, building trust and establishing a positive association. This rapport ensures that future interactions are met with comfort rather than apprehension.


 Catteries can leave your wallet feeling a little lighter, especially if you have multiple feline friends. In-home cat sitters offer personalized care at a more budget-friendly rate, charging per household, not per cat. 

You Can Relax

 Leaving your cat can be tough, but daily photos and messages from your sitter can provide much-needed peace of mind. These updates keep you informed about your cat's well-being, allowing you to relax and truly enjoy your trip without worry. 

Vetted for Peace of Mind

 Choosing a reputable cat sitting service like The Cat Company ensures that their sitters are thoroughly vetted and reference-checked. This provides additional security and peace of mind, knowing that your cat is in safe, capable hands.

The benefits extend not only to the cat but also to the owner, fostering a sense of trust and reassurance that their pet is in capable and caring hands. Ultimately, a cat sitter becomes a valued partner in ensuring the happiness and contentment of your cherished feline friend.

<![CDATA[Where to start searching for your missing cat]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/where-to-start-searching-for-your-missing-cat65d5ffd1d968e74143fe1dbaWed, 21 Feb 2024 14:14:42 GMTLeisa Davidson

Small grey cat

Where to Look for Your Lost Cat

Losing a beloved cat can be so incredibly stressful. But before you despair, remember: many lost cats are found close to home, especially indoor-only ones. This information will help you conduct a thorough physical search, maximising your chances of finding your lost cat.

Start Your Search Close to Home

  • Search every nook and cranny in your house, including wardrobes, cupboards, behind appliances, and under furniture. Don't forget gardens, decking, and any outdoor sheds or garages. Do Check in bushes and in trees, often a cat is stuck up a tree and is afraid to come down.

  • Ask your neighbours if they'll let you search their properties, focusing on sheds, garages, and and any outbuildings with open windows. Explain the importance of checking these areas, and most will be happy to help.

  • Be mindful of hiding spots: Cats, especially scared ones, might hide in silence. Check under decking, under shed bases, in bushes, and beneath piles of leaves. Use a flashlight to scan dark corners, as it can reflect off their eyes.

Expanding the Search Radius:

  • Gradually expand your area search beyond your immediate property, starting with next-door neighbours and across the street. Then, move on to houses within a two street radius, and so on.

  • Target areas with potential hiding spots: Check vacant properties (with permission), construction sites, and abandoned buildings. These often have openings that trap curious cats.

  • Don't neglect garages and sheds: These can harbour both your feline friend and wildlife. If possible, ask the owner or seek assistance to access them safely. Make sure you are checking behind any materials and check beams above your head.


  • Stay calm and call frequently: Use a gentle, reassuring voice when calling your cat's name. Even if they don't respond immediately, they might be following the sound from a distance.

  • Be persistent and patient: It might take time for your cat to overcome fear and emerge from hiding. Don't give up hope!

Additional Tips

  • Place food and water outside: Set up a feeding station monitored with a wildlife camera ( You can see if it is your cat visiting the station) This can lure your cat back home, especially at night.

  • Utilise social media and lost pet websites: Share flyers and photos online to increase awareness.

  • Contact local rescue centres and animal warden: Alert them about your missing cat and check regularly for updates.

By following these steps and remaining optimistic, you can significantly increase your chances of finding your cat safe and sound. Remember, every effort counts, so don't hesitate to ask for help and keep searching with unwavering hope. Do ask neighbours and friends to help with your search.

<![CDATA[Neutering Your Cat: A Guide to a Happy, Healthy Feline and a Managed Cat Population]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/neutering-your-cat-a-guide-to-a-happy-healthy-feline-and-a-managed-cat-population65d4ad279a72dfed492c3551Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:58:36 GMTLeisa Davidson

Young ginger and white cat

Why Is neutering your cat so important?

Cats Protection, a leading UK feline welfare charity, strongly encourages responsible cat ownership through neutering. Here we will delve into the benefits of neutering for both your cat and the wider feline community.

The Problem of Cat Overpopulation:

  • Cats are prolific breeders, able to start reproducing from just four months old.

  • Without neutering, a single cat can be responsible for thousands of descendants in just a few years.

  • This rapid growth creates an overwhelming number of unwanted cats, putting a strain on shelters and rescue organisations.

Benefits of Neutering Your Cat:

  • Health:

  • Reduces risk of cancers, infections, and stress-related illnesses in both males and females.

  • Eliminates unwanted pregnancies and associated complications.

  • Behaviour:

  • Minimizes spraying and roaming, reducing territorial aggression and fighting.

  • Calms your cat, making them more content and enjoyable to live with.

  • Cost:

  • Saves money on vet bills associated with unwanted pregnancies and complications.

  • Reduces the need for emergency shelter care for unplanned litters.

When to Neuter:

Current guidelines recommend neutering kittens as young as four months old. Early neutering has been proven safe and effective, with no negative long-term effects.

Dispelling Myths:

  • Your cat won't miss their reproductive organs or yearn for parenthood.

  • Having one litter isn't beneficial; cats can breed frequently and continuously.

  • Neutering, even during pregnancy or lactation, can be safely performed with your vet's guidance.

Taking Action:

  • Talk to your vet about neutering your cat at the appropriate age.

  • Consider financial assistance options if cost is a concern.

  • By neutering your cat, you contribute to a happier, healthier feline population and alleviate the burden on shelters.


Neutering your cat is a loving and responsible choice that benefits both your furry friend and the wider cat community. Make the responsible choice and book your cat's neutering appointment today!

Additional Resources:

<![CDATA[Should you buy or adopt a cat? ]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/should-you-buy-or-adopt-at-cat65bfa88fad91bbcf4f119d9aWed, 24 Jan 2024 12:33:47 GMTLeisa DavidsonWhen getting a cat or kitten it is important that you do some research beforehand. Do you want to adopt a kitten? Or should you buy a kitten?

Adopt or buy a cat?

Adoption: Giving a Second Chance

Adopting a kitten from a shelter or rescue organisation is a wonderful way to give a homeless animal a loving home. Shelters are often overflowing with kittens in need, and by adopting, you're not only saving a life, but you're also helping to make space for other animals in need.

Benefits of Adoption

  • Save a life: You'll be giving a deserving kitten a second chance at happiness.

  • Support animal welfare: Your adoption fee helps shelters continue their important work.

  • Variety of choices: Shelters have kittens of all ages, breeds, and personalities, so you're sure to find the perfect match.

  • Health and socialisation: Shelter kittens are typically vet-checked, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. They've also been socialised with other animals and people, making them more likely to adjust well to their new home.

  • Also you could give a home to an older cat, there are plenty of cats looking for loving homes. For local rescues and cat charities visit https://www.catchat.org/

Buying from a Breeder

If you're looking for a specific breed of kitten, you may consider buying from a reputable breeder. However, it's important to do your research to ensure you're buying from a responsible breeder who prioritises the health and well-being of their animals.

Things to Consider When Buying from a Breeder:

  • Breeder reputation: Choose a breeder who is registered with a reputable association and has a good track record.

  • Kitten health: Make sure the kittens are vet-checked, vaccinated, and up-to-date on parasite prevention.

  • Breeder's practices: Ask about the breeder's breeding practices and ensure they are ethical and humane.

Adopting or buying a kitten

DO NOT buy from people selling home bred kittens, these people do not have the kittens best interest at heart, these kittens may be sold cheaply or given away for free.

The disadvantages are these kittens have not been health checked, running the risk of costly vets visits. You will not get any help with neutering causing more unwanted kittens to be handed out for free. Not getting you cat neutered will cause more unwanted kittens or the possibly of your cat going missing looking for a mate.

When getting a kitten please consider if you can afford food, vets treatments etc. Consider the costs of the following:




Flea and worm treatments

Litter tray






Grooming brushes

Scratching post

No matter which route you choose, adopting or buying a kitten is a big commitment. Be sure to do your research, ask questions, and choose a kitten that is the right fit for your lifestyle.

<![CDATA[CH Glazing's Cat Flap Installation Service in Hertfordshire]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/ch-glazing-s-cat-flap-installation-service-in-hertfordshire65bfa88fad91bbcf4f119d99Mon, 22 Jan 2024 13:44:06 GMTLeisa DavidsonDoes your cat's insistent meowing at the door drive you crazy? Wishing your feline could safely explore the outdoors without ruining your double glazing? Look no further than CH Glazing's expert cat flap installation


Cat flap fitting in Hertfordshire

Addressing the Problem and Solution:

Installing a cat flap in existing double glazing is a recipe for disaster. You need a brand new sealed unit with a pre-cut hole for optimal weatherproofing and insulation. That's where we come in!

CH Glazing's Cat Flap Service

  • Expert Installation: We handle everything, from sourcing the perfect sealed unit to fitting your chosen cat flap.

  • Competitive Rates: Affordable prices without compromising on quality or customer service.

  • Stress-Free Experience: Sit back and relax while we give your cat the independence they crave.

Benefits for Your Cat:

  • Freedom & Exploration: Satisfy their natural curiosity and promote physical and mental well-being.

  • Safety & Security: Microchip models keep unwanted animals out, protecting your feline friend from harm.

  • Convenience & Comfort: No more meows at the door, just independent access and reduced stress.

Benefits for You:

  • Peace of Mind: Know your cat can safely come and go, even when you're not home.

  • Reduced Scratches & Meows: Save your doors and your sanity from constant pleas for entry and exit.

Hertfordshire cat flap fitter

Call to Action

Unbeatable rates and excellent customer service, so give them a call today!

For more information about fitting cat flaps into double glazing then contact CH Glazing by email at Chglazing@outlook.com 

All you need to do is supply the cat flap of your choice and Ch Glazing will do the work.

For more information call Chris on 07802318906 or follow on Facebook at CH GLAZING

<![CDATA[Every cat Matters, Remembering Peggy ]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/every-cat-matters-remembering-peggy65bfa88fad91bbcf4f119d98Fri, 08 Dec 2023 12:05:58 GMTLeisa Davidson

Little stray cat Peggy

This sweet little cat was found living in a garden of a pub in Ware, Hertfordshire. She has been living there for a couple of weeks before locals worked out that she was a stray. The very sad little cat that was named Peggy, and everyone loved her and was concerned for her welfare.

Leaflets and posters were distributed around the area where she was found. Sadly no one came forward to claim Peggy. Peggy was found wearing a collar, but was just hanging around her neck very loosely. Sadly Peggy had not been microchipped so there was no way to contact Peggy's owners. Peggy may have well taken a ride in a van or lorry to arrive in the area, or she could have been a local cat but sadly no one recognised her.

Transported by The Cat Company to rescue

Lucky Peggy had been looked after by the locals at the pub and they made sure she was fed and had a safe place to sleep. After trying to trace the owners with no luck, I then found a place at a local rescue to take Peggy to be checked over and then to be rehomed.

After being checked out by the vet, it showed that Peggy had really bad teeth. When I was transporting her to the rescue place, I could smell her breathe in the car, poor Peggy must have been in terrible pain. After having her teeth removed she must have felt so much better. Peggy was loved by everyone at the rescue and was a really sweet and loving cat.

Little Peggy safe in rescue

Peggy was taken to live with a lady who loved her very much, and everyone was happy to hear that Peggy was living her best life, Somewhere she was cherished and cared for, the life she deserved. Sadly after being in her new home for around a year, Peggy was diagnosed with a tumour. Sweet little Peggy did not get a long life with her new family, but she was loved and safe. Life is so unfair sometimes, but little Peggy you are never forgotten. Sleep tight little lady, so sorry you didn't get longer.

<![CDATA[When Your Feline Friend Goes Missing: The Role of a Cat Searcher]]>https://www.thecatcompany.co.uk/post/when-your-feline-friend-goes-missing-the-role-of-a-cat-searcher65bfa88fad91bbcf4f119d97Mon, 27 Nov 2023 10:27:43 GMTLeisa Davidsonmissing cat found

For cat owners, losing a beloved feline companion can be a heart-wrenching experience. The emotional distress of not knowing your cat's whereabouts is immense, and the fear for their safety is a constant worry. When your cat goes missing, time is of the essence, and seeking professional assistance can significantly increases the chances of a successful reunion.

What Does a Cat Searcher Do?

Cat searchers are dedicated individuals with a deep understanding of feline behaviour and extensive experience in locating lost cats. They offer a range of services tailored to reunite cats with their owners, including:

  • Thorough Consultation and Assessment: Cat searchers begin by gathering detailed information about the missing cat, including their physical characteristics, behavioural traits, and last known location. This information forms the basis for a personalised search strategy.

  • Targeted Search Operations: Cat searchers employ a range of search techniques, including door-to-door canvassing, tracking using specialised equipment, and utilising social media platforms to spread awareness and gather leads.

  • Community Engagement and Networking: Cat searchers actively engage with the local community, distributing flyers, seeking tips from neighbours, and networking with animal shelters and veterinary clinics.

  • Emotional Support and Guidance: Cat searchers understand the emotional turmoil pet owners experience when their cat is missing. They offer compassionate support, guidance, and reassurance throughout the search process.

The Importance of Professional Cat Search Services

While some cat owners may attempt to search for their lost pets on their own, professional cat searchers offer several advantages:

  • Expertise and Experience: Cat searchers possess extensive knowledge of feline behaviour and search techniques, increasing the chances of a successful recovery.

  • Time and Resource Management: Cat searchers dedicate their time and resources solely to the task of finding missing cats, allowing owners to focus on their daily lives and emotional well-being.

  • Emotional Support: Cat searchers understand the emotional toll that losing a pet can have on owners. They provide empathy, understanding, and encouragement throughout the search process.

When to Seek the Help of a Cat Searcher

If your cat has gone missing, it is crucial to act quickly. The sooner you engage a professional cat searcher, the higher the chances of a successful reunion. Here are some signs that it's time to seek professional help:

  • Your cat has been missing for more than 24 hours.

  • You have searched extensively in your neighbourhood without any sightings.

  • Your cat is indoor-only or has no experience navigating the outdoors.

  • You are feeling overwhelmed and need assistance with the search process.


The loss of a beloved cat can be a devastating experience. Professional cat searchers play a vital role in reuniting cats with their owners, providing hope, expertise, and unwavering dedication during a challenging time. If your feline friend has gone missing, don't hesitate to reach out to a cat searcher in your area. Their knowledge, experience, and compassion can make all the difference in bringing your cat home safely.

Contact www.catsearcheruk.co.uk (covering Hertfordshire and surrounding areas)