PLEASE NOTE: I won't be available for cat sitting from SATURDAY 1st JUNE through to SUNDAY 9th JUNE. I am taking advantage of a brief break in proceedings (!) to have some time off myself. Throughout May I will have spent 6-7 hours a day, 7 days a week, cat sitting as I've had so many bookings (unusually for May) and there have been quite some distances to travel between visits.
I'm Gillian Harvey and I've loved cats for as long as I can remember! I've lived with a huge variety of feline characters over the years and have a fascination with feline behaviour.
Established in 2001, my cat grooming service is based in Calne, Wiltshire. It was set up to help owners maintain the coats of longhaired cats, to avoid problems such as knots and mats, and keep the coats looking beautiful. Prior to this I had adopted a couple of rescue Persian cats and came to realise that many owners were struggling to keep the coats maintained and that was why many Persian cats ended up in rescue. I wanted to see if I could prevent this happening so much by offering a grooming service.
My very first Persian kitten, Joe, became the namesake for my business. Joe is 13 years old now, and not really scruffy at all! - but when he was a kitten his fur used to stick out every which way, so earning him the name Scruffy Joe! As you can see from the picture on the left - not such a 'scruffy' Joe.
I offer an exclusive cat sitting service - I will look after your cats as I would my own. Some cats are stressed in a cattery situation, so, with my cat-sitting service, they will get one to one care, in the comfort of their own home. I will visit as many times a day as you require, to feed, clean litter trays and most important of all, provide TLC while you are away. I can also open and close curtains, switch lights on and off etc, to make your home look occupied Tiffany, in the picture opposite, is happy and relaxed when I look after her - I think she even poses specially for the camera! Chloe, below, a gorgeous sealpoint Birman, was very wary of strangers, and a little nervous of me on the first day of her cat sit - but within just a short while of me being there, as you can see, she had already begun to relax in my company.
Tiffany, in the picture opposite, is happy and relaxed when I look after her - I think she even poses specially for the camera! Chloe, below, a gorgeous sealpoint
Birman, was very wary of strangers, and a little nervous of me on the first day of her cat sit - but within just a short while of me being there, as you can see, she had already begun to relax in my company.
Before Persian cats, I was a long time cat owner of gorgeous moggies. I have always had a multi-cat household, and feel privileged to have lived with some ‘real character cats’ fuelling my fascination with feline behaviour. This led me to take studies in the subject with COAPE, which are ongoing.
I have been a regular contributor to Cat World magazine, with a monthly grooming column during 2005 followed by several feature articles since then, covering a variety of subjects including feline diet, cat safe gardens, and environment enrichment.
As well as cat grooming and sitting I have also been a fosterer for the past couple of years for Cats Action Trust (N&W Wilts) who always have adult cats and kittens seeking new loving homes. Please take a moment to look at 'Cats needing homes' and see if you could possibly find it in your heart to adopt one of their needy cats, thank you.