Providing cover while you are away or working long hours.
No need for catteries, or up to date boosters.
Chickens fed and secured
Please see further down for all services covered and prices
Specialising in cats
also dogs, horses, caged animals and domestic fowl
Plenty of experience around nervous and difficult animals and studied feline psychology
Please see about me for more information on my experience with animals
Cats and caged animals:
£8 for 1/2 hour. £4 for every 1/4 hour thereafter.
All other animals:
£10 for 1/2 hour. £5 for every 1/4 hour thereafter.
Prices relate to times between 7am and 6pm Monday to Sunday (including bank holidays except Christmas day)
Reduced rates for local visits (North Cotes and Marshchapel) or long term contracts
Fuel supplements may be payable outside of my main area.
Time & 1/2 for bookings made the day before commencement of job or after 6pm
Double time for bookings made on the day of the job (not applicable in emergencies)
Double time Christmas Day
Prices are worked on my time not the amount of animals attended so there will be no supplements if you have more than one. Most visits are usually 1/2 hour.
Pet to Vet (sorry - not horses) is charged as above plus 25p per mile.
Extra visits to collect/return keys £8.
Wasted visits (it does happen) and cancellations on the day of visit will be charged at the basic rate of £10
Returning home early, for any reason, no reductions will be made
All costs will be discussed during the initial consultation (which you will be pleased to hear is free of charge).
Small animal (caged), cats, dogs, birds, domestic fowl etc - As many visits per day as you require to include feeding, water, cage/litter tray cleaning and plenty of fuss and play. Experienced at giving medication including insulin injections. Unlike kennels and catteries, your pets are not required to have their annual boosters. It is also much more relaxing for them to stay in their own environment. (This is not always the case for dogs if you are to be away for longer than a day if they are used to regular attention).
Dogs - As small animals but also including 1/2 hour, 3/4 hour or one hour walks when you work long hours or are away for the day. Only YOUR dog(s) will be walked at one time. I do not do group walks so no bundling into the car or chance of injury/illness from another dog. If your dog has a tendency to jump up, please make sure it's claws are trimmed!
Equines - various duties to suit the needs of you and your horse including mucking out, rugging up, feeding, grooming, turn out/in, exercise etc. Also be present for the vet/farrier or dentist if you are unavailable. Mucking out equipment etc needs to be available. I have owned my own horses for many years and been riding for 40 years. I have had plenty of experience dealing with nervous and bargy ponies and horses.
Pet to vet- if you are unable to take your pet to the vet I can do this for you and stay with your pet
I have third party public liability insurance with Pet Business Insurance for public liability and injury to your animal whilst in my care. It is always advisable to have pet insurance of your own to cover illness or disease.
HOW IT WORKS:
An initial consultation will be arranged at yours so that I can meet the animals in question. You are always welcome to come and meet mine so you can see how well cared for they are. Before any pet service takes place, I always like the owner to be present while I meet the animals to reassure them that we will all be fine in your absence.
During this visit there will be the boring form filling. This is to establish not just your basic routines but also what quirks your pets may have, contact numbers, vets etc. The better my understanding of a particular animal, the better our relationship will be in the future.
Each client's needs and circumstances are different and I will always try and work around yours and your animals needs.
It is up to you whether you want me to keep keys or just collect and return per contracted job.
Each visit will last a minimum of 20 minutes. If you think the duties will take more than 1/2 hour then time is charged per 1/4 hour thereafter.
Payment is due on the first day of the job. If I am to attend on a fairly regular basis, other payment terms can be arranged. Payment methods are cash or bank transfer. Sorry no cheques unless a week in advance.
Please note, that I visit only and do not actually "sit", that is, I do not stay at your house while you are away. However, you can arrange as many visits per day as you feel necessary.
I do not usually ride others horses as this would be on my own personal insurance but I'm happy to discuss ridden exercise. I am insured to lunge, do groundwork or walk out.
References can be supplied from my present clients.
On a regular basis, I currently mind: horses (varying from Shetland ponies up to 17hh ID's), dogs (from Affenpinschers to Dobermann pinschers), cats (pedigree and nonpedigree), geese, ducks, chickens, peacocks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and goats.
www.icegems-snowshoecats.co.uk This is the website of some wonderful cats that I look after too. Anne is also a volunteer and fosterer with Cuddles cat rescue.
I have a good affinity with all animals especially the fur and feather variety. Love snakes but must admit I'm not keen on spiders!