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October 2017

The weather is slowly getting a little chillier and mornings a little darker.  To be honest I am not ready for the winter to come – it is a time where we and the cats have to keep warm. I’m still on the lookout 10 years later I must add for some warm footwear – I never seem to get this right!!

Our heated beds are already on and the extra fluffy fleece blankets out.  All our hooded beds are clean and stored away ready to go.  We also have a large stock of covered hot water bottles which we sometimes use with our pussycats to keep them extra warm and cosy.

October is also the ‘HALLOWEEN’ period which can be very exciting for young families, and adults but a frightful one for our lovely pussycats.  Even if your cat loves outdoors always bring them indoors during this time.  You never know who will try and pull a ‘trick’ and to what extent they will go to. To be honest it angers me even having to write this but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Our Halloween sweets will be out very shortly although I try to delay this slightly as if they are not eating by our customers we end up eating them!!

Make sure to keep your pet safe during this time, lots of people, loud noises and scary masks are not a nice thing for a cat to endure.

Take care of you and your pet.

 

September 2017

WOW!!!

What a Summer, a very busy Summer indeed and one where as always we have looked at ways of improving our Cattery to make special time for the cats and behind closed doors at Silverhill Cattery one where we can be as organised as can be.

Every Summer we come away and have staff meetings and work out where we can improve and make our operations run more smoothly. Sometimes it really is the simplest of things but can really help what we do at the Cattery.

The Deluxe chalets are hit with the customers and are absolutely lovely, we are all very proud of them and I think the cats especially – love having the idea of only 3 deluxe chalets in the building making it very peaceful and home from home and are thoroughly enjoying the window sill views onto the garden.

We are focusing the next few months on trying to decorate and brighten up our indoor cattery area. Painting work has started already, slowly but surely we are getting there with this.

I hope you are your cats have had a lovely Summer – with your cat enjoying the sunshine and wildlife.

Look after you and your pets.

August 2017

We are in full flow into the Summer period and I love having all the cats at the cattery. We have so many personalities, colours, sizes, breeds, souls in the cattery and it such a breathe of fresh air coming into the cattery and being greeted by all our furry friends.

We have the new chalets active & we are focusing on making sure all the cats are happy and settled, as well as trying to keep up with social media for our customers.

Prior to dropping your cat off make sure you have your bits and pieces for your cat organised and with their name on, your cattery should be labelling up all of your cats items but it can also help them to reduce check in time when you drop your cat off.

If you are away and worrying about your cat, check beforehand that you can email once in a while to make sure everything is ok – if you can email and get a response back it will put your mind at ease so you can start to unwind on your break.

Take care of you and your pet.

July 2017

The new ‘deluxe chalets’ have been unveiled and are all up and working with pussycats in them.  I am so proud of them and of all the staff and people who have helped make this happen. So far so good with the pussycats they seem to love the privacy and relaxing vibe and exploring the tall cat towers in them. Also enjoying sitting up high on the shelves peering out of their windows.

We are now in full flow of our Summer season and its Cats, cats, cats at the moment. Its lovely to see some regulars back and see their lovely faces again and it so exciting to meet new faces and help settle them into their holiday.

Summer is also a time of being extremely organised and thorough behind the scenes to make sure we work to the high standards we adhere too!

We have now set up our shop in the office selling some beautiful or course cat related items for yourself or your cat.  If you fancy spoiling yourself or your cat pop by during our opening hours and take a look.

I hope you have everything ready for your cat if you are taking them to a cattery, please take a look at our ‘checklist’ it is a good bit of text to read to ensure you have everything covered for your cats stay.

If you do have any last minute questions always call or email your cattery a few days before drop off just to give you that bit of reassurance which you may need.

Take Care of you and your pet.

June 2017

Wow what a month coming up!!

I am busy prepping the last minute bits for the arrival of our new ‘deluxe chalets’ at Silverhill Cattery.  I have been choosing pictures for the walls and finally chosen an array of birds which is lovely and so fitting in the ‘deluxe chalets’.  With the help of Mum on board our famous Cat wallpaper has been pasted down the corridor leading to the 3 new chalets as well as a feature wall in the office area.

We have so many cats due in over the Summer period and I really want it looking beautiful for them. I have started to redecorate the inside chalets and have chosen some lovely goldfish pictures which I hope the cats will like (paws crossed).

It is also a time where we need to make sure all the cats are having quality time with us so I go back to staff members who have worked for the cattery before to come on board to ensure this is covered.

It may also be a time for a cats to board which have never been to a cattery so I know it can be a very overwhelming experience for both the cat and their owner.  I always encourage first timers to look around the cattery, make sure it has the right feel, accommodation, staff and facilities that are right for your cat.  It is also good to write down on a bit of paper what your cat love and does not love that way staff are a few steps ahead of building that trusting relationship with your cat.

If your cat does not travel well try and place good quality catnip in the carrier or on a top of yours or the cats own blanket and place inside.  A towel or blanket placed over the top of the carrier can also help in reducing stress.

Take Care of you and your pet.

 

 

May 2017

May 2017

We have such exciting news at the cattery!!

We have all been working so hard, painting, varnishing, adding new products for the cats and the most exciting part of this is the ‘New chalets’ we are yet to reveal! 3 new chalets our to become part of Silverhill Cattery and im really hoping the cats will love them as much as we do.

I am planning on bringing ‘Silverhill Pets’ shop into the office at Silverhill Cattery to enable everything to be under one roof and give our customers the chance to browse through our beautiful products whilst dropping off or collecting their cats. Our stunning cat wallpaper is to be revealed this week 🙂

We have also amended our opening hours to enable us to spend more quality time with our furry feline friends which is such a great step and spend extra time with the cats that are a little timid.

Our new website, provided by the amazing Gold Nugget designs, www.goldnuggetdesigns.co.uk is due to go live in a week, which I cannot wait to show all my customers.

Our new business cards have also arrived and our on display in the Cattery office.

We are prepping for the pre-summer rush and getting the cattery chalets spic and span for our lovely pussycats.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

Take care of you and your pets.

April 2017

Wow where is the time going…..I cannot believe it is already April and I have so much still I would like to do to the cattery and improve it for our lovely guests.

So I have some exciting news…..I shall be extending the cattery (only slightly) with some brand new chalets of which look divine. I have such a huge scrap book collected of ideas/pictures/text/cats etc as they all look so good. I cannot wait for our pussycats to test them out. It will be Summer time they will available for our feline guests.

I am just starting on a brand new Cattery website and adding some exciting new features with Gold Nugget Designs being the company behind the scenes working their magic. I cannot wait for this be unveiled hopefully not long!!

Spring is here too so I am also working on improving the gardens and flower arrangement – from the amount of flowers I have I think I will be given Chelsea Flower Show a run for their money :). I do love flowers though such beautiful simple colourful beings.

I am also adding some new toys and equipment into our existing Silverhill Suites, I now have a short-list of what I believe will be loved by the cats that stay their and some of these toys and equipments are just fantastic!!

If you have not already booked your cat into their cattery I would advise you do this now. We are already full for April and I have very little availability for August left. Our outside chalets are fully booked for June and August. So make that call. I would also maybe have a back-plan, pet sitter or another Cattery in place just to be on safe side.

Please remember NO chocolate for your cats or dogs for that matter, they are poisonous and if eaten they must be seen by vet immediately. To be on the safe side I would store all Easter eggs in a cupboard away from prying cats!

Have a great Easter and be safe.

Take Care of you and your pets!

Kindest regards,

Sam Ward

March 2017

The daffodils are out in full force around the cattery and it so lovely to see the bright colour yellow shining on us.

The weather is warmer and days are lighter and I just love this time of year.

We are preparing for our next huge influx of pussycats over the Easter period and have been scrubbing…..and I mean scrubbing the chalets getting them all squeaky clean and looking lovely for the guests due.

We have got a few long term cats in – ranging from a large tabby cat, a gentle giant and the energetic Bengal Kitten who eats like a horse! They are both such a breathe of fresh air and it is so lovely to see their faces day in day our!

We have a lot of newcomers to the cattery including our gentle but shy Bax, our lovely Brit Blue Luna, Pickles and Gonzo to name a few.

We are full for August now and April is not too far off from being full too so we have a very busy few months ahead, prepping and organising.

Thank you for taken the time to read the blog.

From all at Silverhill Cattery.

February 2017

February is here and the cold is still here too….at this time of yet I always look forward to Spring!

We are on close weather watch and bring in our hooded beds alongside our heated beds which are on in full swing. For our elderly guests and young guests a covered hot water bottle is also given to them overnight. Just to ensure our guests are as comfortable as possible.

We have had some of our long-term guests leave and it is always sad to see them go. But on a plus they are booked in again for later on in the year which is lovely as it is so nice to be reunited once more!

As ever we are always looking to improve our services for our guests – we are have a few ideas I want to explore but I need to carry out more research…..so watch this space.

It also a very BIG year for us as we have been open 10 years in June. So I am looking at little things I can do to celebrate this, I cannot believe it has been 10 years and such a special 10 years too.

I hope you are keeping warm and your pets are too.

From all at Silverhill Cattery.