Hi! My name is Deborah Small and I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. I’m originally from Hastings in south-east England and grew up spending weekends on my Grandparents’ farm in nearby Crowhurst. It was here that my love of animals began.
As a teenager I volunteered at the local wildlife RSPCA centre. I really enjoyed the work and knew that I wanted to follow a career working with animals. After school I studied for a BSc in Animal Science at Reading University. After attaining my degree I returned to the RSPCA working in a re-homing centre. This was followed by two years working for an aquarium. It was then that I decided that Veterinary Nursing was the direction that I wanted to go in. Having completed several years of employment based training, I qualified in 2004 and was immediately promoted to head nurse. I moved to London in 2006 and have worked at a Kensington based Veterinary Clinic ever since.
Over the years there have been an increasing number of requests from cat owners looking for a reliable person to care for their pet, and in some cases their home, whilst they are on holiday or away on business. Initially most engagements came from the vet surgery’s clients, but many people now refer their friends to me as well. Increasingly I have found myself enjoying cat sitting more than nursing. It is very rewarding to build relationships with the cats I care for and the owners I work for.
During 2010 I found there was demand for cat sitting services all year round, so decided to take the plunge, go part time at the Vets and set up my own business. The business formally began in December 2010 and it was the best decision I have ever made.
Kensington Cats and the team
The benefits of Kensington Cats
No cat baskets or car journeys
No confined Cattery cages
No strange smells and other cats
No rushing to beat cattery closing times on your return
Your cat is in it's own environment
Stress free for you and your cat
Cuddles on the sofa
Your cat is able to go outside (if he/she usually does)
Easy to extend visits if you are delayed
Great security for your home
Also available to visit Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Hamsters etc.
Areas covered; Kensington, Earls Court, Gloucester Road, Hammersmith, South Kensington, Chelsea and Battersea.
Other areas will always be considered.
Kensington Cats was officially registered as a company in December 2010. For eight years I solely owned and ran the business, building a loyal client base.
In October 2018, due to increasing demand and to allow me to spend more time with family, I took on two, carefully selected, cat sitters.
In keeping the team small it allows us to maintain a good relationship with the cats we look after, and their owners, it also ensures a consistently high level of care and reliability.
I have worked along side Tracy for many years, so she was a great choice, as many of my clients already knew her, she has been cat sitting for over 10 years, is very experienced and 100% trustworthy. Tracy is CRB checked, fully insured and has recently completed a cat first aid course. She is available for both home visits and live in services.
Tabitha joined the team in 2019 and has proven herself to be an amazing cat sitter, reliable, calm, caring and professional, perfect for looking after our feline friends.
Tabitha also volunteers as a care assistant in the cattery at Battersea dogs and cats home.
She is CRB checked, fully insured and has recently completed a cat first aid course.
Tabitha is available for home visits.
Services and Pricing
Kensington Cats offers one or two visits per day. However the schedule can be flexible. A visit from Kensington Cats consists of 20-30mins spent with your cat, feeding, changing water, medicating, cleaning litter trays, grooming, playing and most importantly, lots of cuddles. As well as looking after your cat Kensington Cats can water your plants, feed fish, open and close curtains, turn lights on and off, collect post and provide you with regular updates about how your cat is doing as often as required.
One Visit Per Day £18
Two Visits Per Day £36
'Live In' cat sitting is becoming more and more popular, as well as providing excellent security for your home, it allows your cat to become completely comfortable, someone to curl up with on the sofa in the evening and company throughout the night. It would involve Kensington Cats moving into your house for the duration of your time away.
Per Night £50
No charges are made for initial meetings.
Subsequent key collections £5
Bank Holidays charged at Double rate
Cancellation fees may apply.
Payments should be made before you depart by
- Cash left for collection on the first visit
- Online Bank Transfer
Cat care advice
Experienced and professional advice tailored to your needs as a cat owner. Consultations will be bespoke and in person, with follow up advice.
Prices dependant on extent of advice required.
- New cat owner advice, before or after your new family addition.
- General cat care advice and reassurance.
'Deb is attentive to any guidance you give her, and truly caring for the kitty! Gave us peace of mind that we could actually let go and enjoy our holidays. She'd update us daily with photos which added to our peace of mind.'
'The first time Deb looked after our cat in 2015 she was suffering from pancreatitis and Deb was amazing at looking after her, administering her medication and keeping me updated every step of the way. Our cat is quite shy and she automatically warmed up to Deb which made our trip so much more comfortable and stress free. I have been using Deb ever since and will continue to do so! If you want to ensure your pet is looked after and loved while you are away I wouldn't look any further than Kensington cats. Thank you Deb!'
'Deb is an extremely kind and helpful cat sitter. It's such a great comfort to know that our cat is looked after by a professional when we are away.'
'Deb's obvious love for the animals she looks after and the flexibility she has shown whenever needed, mean I am always happy to leave my cats in her care'
POrtia and OPHELIA
'Reliable, trustworthy, friendly and most importantly, attentive and caring towards my hug-needy cats'
BOLLY AND BILLY
'Bolly clearly bonded with Deb, running straight to her, tail in the air. She is 100% reliable and a great find.'
'We have been able to go away, happy in the knowledge that Rupert is being looked after by someone who would not only feed him, but love, play and enjoy spending time with him'
'If you are in the process of selecting a cat sitter, you have already found the best. She quickly won him over and truly displayed her genuine love for animals. We couldn't recommend Deb any more highly.'
'Oscar has diabetes, so it is not as easy as finding a cat feeder, it requires someone who know what they are doing, I am very happy I have found Deb, she is reliable, friendly and very professional.'
'On one occasion the cat became very ill. Deb handled the situation perfectly and kept us informed of his progress. I can recommend her unreservedly.'
The face of Kensington Cats.
Trixie was Abingdon Vet's clinic cat, she has now sadly passed away and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
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