Drum Kennels Blog
So my blog today is all about cats! Yes I know we are called Drum Kennels but we also have a cattery and can look after 20 cats at one time. We also have 6 cats of our own that live here and we are their servants! I have 5 and Jackie, who works for me and lives here, has 1.
Let’s tell you a bit more about our cats first.
Willow is our front of house cat and is a gorgeous tabby who we have had for well over 15 years now. He is becoming an old man and he decides what he does and when! In his youth he was such an adventurous cat and was always up to mischief. He has had a few run ins with dogs and twice it has resulted in emergency dashes to the vets. But he lives to tell the tale and still he trusts some dogs way too much!
Then there is Puddles or Puds as she is fondly known. She is so pretty but you may not see her very often as she is very shy and hides away unless she knows you.
I have also taken on 3 cats from a lovely rescue Centre in Romania. At Drum Kennels we are involved in a couple of charities but I will tell you more about them at a later date.
These 3 are adorable and so different from each other. Pirate came to me with only one eye as she had to have an infected one removed at a very early age. This does not hinder her at all and is one of our best hunters. Then I have Bree and Biscuit. They are our latest arrivals and are just finding their feet around here. As we only let them out on their own during lockdown, they haven’t experienced customers yet!
Then there is Milo, Jackie’s cat. He is very aloof and even if he looks cuddly you are probably best not to touch him too much. He can have a very short fuse!
So, our cattery. As I mentioned earlier, we are licensed for 20 cats. We have two houses with 5 pens in each. These are situated on the other side of our house from the kennels so its lovely and quiet and they have an amazing view of the valley but they are probably not as appreciative of that as we are! Sadly they don’t have an outside run but they can have plenty of fresh air.
We give them lots of enrichment with toys, scratch posts, lots of different levels to climb, sit or lie on and human contact to make their days as normal as possible. Radio 2 plays away in the background too!
Cats do love their comfort, so there is always a couple of different beds to choose from with cosy bedding. In the colder winter months we heat the cattery throughout the day if needed and at night.
Customers are welcome to bring anything that they think will make their cats stay more enjoyable such as favourite bedding, toys etc.
We are always happy to show people round and answer any questions but do feel free to comment here with things you may want to know and I will do my best to answer them.
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Returning from lockdown
I thought it would be nice for our customers (and hopefully potential customers) to learn a bit more about Drum Kennels and what we do! As this is my first Drum blog, I hope you enjoy and if there is a particular subject you would like me to cover then do ask.
Lockdown for us, and I’m sure a lot of others, has been a very strange and worrying time. At first it was weird. All our bookings were cancelled which left us with one long term boarder to look after.
We had a few boarders in over April and June for people either working extremely long hours or who were in hospital.
So what did we do?
Well, we painted all the outbuildings and kennels. Revamped the exercise paddock. Cut the hedges and lawns and had a general tidy up.
So then to plan for a return of customers, whenever that was going to be?
I completed a course on COVID and how to safeguard our staff and customers. A lot of the content of the course, we already do, but other information was a useful reminder of how to stay safe.
At last our phone has started to ring again from hopeful customers booking in their dogs and cats. Everything’s crossed that we don’t go back into another lockdown!
Holiday destinations have started to open again so our customers can now begin to plan for a get away, even if its only for weekends at the moment.
I can’t deny that it has been a worrying time financially but we have been kept busy all the way through.
We will be PPE’d up to receive our boarders and we thank all our customers for being patient and understanding during this transition period.
New customers are still very welcome to visit and we always encourage this but for the time being we are asking that you give us an approximate time when we can expect you so that we can be wearing the appropriate protection.
The current situation however, does not impact on how we care for our boarders. They continue to get the best care, exercise and enrichment possible and I will talk more on this subject in another blog.
No-one knows what the future holds regarding COVID but I think we will be seeing this new “normal” for some time.
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