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Going away on Holiday? Norfolk Pet Sitting, Kennels and Catteries

Published date: February 2019

Going away on Holiday? Norfolk Pet Sitting, Kennels and Catteries

Trusting someone to look after your precious pooch, cat or other pets while you are away on holiday can be tough, it’s important to do your research first and find the best arrangement for you and your fury friend. Leaving a pet behind when you take a holiday can be stressful for both pet and owner, so finding the most suitable pet care for you and them is paramount. This will allow you to enjoy your time away, safe in the knowledge your pet is being well cared for. Dogs and cats that spend their lives sleeping on a warm bed or sofa won’t take kindly to being sent away to an outside kennel or cattery. The stress of other dogs barking, and the lack of human interaction and home comforts can be overwhelming for pets that are used to doing as they please.

Today there are many options available for the pampered pet, from dog hotel and spas, home from home pet boarding and companies and individuals that care for your pet in your own home. There are pet sitters that will walk, feed and keep your dog and other pets company and look after your home at the same time.  

The website allows you to have your pets cared for “free” by experienced pet sitters.  There is a charge for subscribing to the website and further details can be found by visiting:

In return for your pet and property being looked after whilst you are away on holiday, you offer the sitter the opportunity to live in your house. This allows people from other countries and other parts of the UK to have free accommodation in return for looking after your pets. The website also works the other way, pet lovers seeking cheap holiday accommodation can register (for a fee) and search for interesting properties and pets around the world and stay there for free in return for pet care duties. To find out more about this in Norfolk, use the following link:

Here are some top tips when choosing the right holiday care arrangement for your pet:

Good places book up fast, so make sure you start your search in plenty of time

Personal recommendations are the best, ask your friends and neighbours who they use

Drop in without an appointment and ask to look around if you are thinking about using a traditional kennel or cattery. You will be able to tell a lot from an unannounced visit – check the living area is warm, secure, clean, dry and comfortable

A good boarding kennel and cattery will ask lots of questions about your pet, such as diet, routine, likes/dislikes and whether their vaccinations are up-to date

Ask about insurance cover and what the procedure is for contacting a vet and you in case of an emergency

If your pet is staying with someone in their home, check whether they will be alone, or if other animals will be present. It’s worth introducing them to any other pets prior to their stay, to make sure they get on

If you are opting for someone to care for your pet in your own home, make sure they are DBS checked

Consider a weekend trial first, make sure you and your pet are happy with the arrangement before embarking on a 3-week holiday!

Boarding Kennels and Catteries

Some people may consider these old fashioned and out of date, but this traditional form of pet care can still work if they are run well. Kennels and catteries can provide a positive, safe, secure and enjoyable experience for a pet.

Boarding Kennels and Catteries in Norfolk:

Meadowview Boarding Kennels

55 The Heath, Hevingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 5QL

Tel: 01603 755688

St. Margarets Pet Centre

Braymeadow Lane, Little Melton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 3NJ

Tel: 01603 810410

Happy Hounds Retreat

Market Lane, Terrington St Clement, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 4HR

Tel: 01553 829664

Hobland Kennels and Cattery

Hobland Road, Bradwell, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9AR

Tel: 01493 653878

Two Acre Kennels and Cattery

Hawthorn Lodge, Low Road, North Tuddenham, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3DH

Tel: 01362 850216

Crostwick Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Hall Lane, Crostwick, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 7BB

Tel: 01603 737240

Springfield Kennels

Bristows Farm, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9JX

Tel: 01692 581448

Cosy Catz

5 Kinsale Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 5SG

Tel: 01603 426408

Hedgerows Cattery

Mill Road, Alpington, Norfolk, NR14 7PQ

Tel: 01508 480304

Follyfoot Cattery

Dereham Road, Westfield, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1QG

Tel: 01362 820755

Pet Sitters

Your pet is probably used to living its life in a family set up, with freedom to go where they wish, when they wish, with a lot of human interaction.  Many pet owners dislike the idea of removing their pets from this type of relaxed living arrangement and placing them into smaller, restricted and often quite isolated spaces that are typical of many traditional boarding kennels and catteries. In the UK, home-based pet care is becoming increasingly popular and Norfolk has seen a great increase in these services being offered. This can either be in someone else’s home, where your pet will stay, or the pet sitter will come and look after your pet in your own home. This can be for an agreed number of hours and duties, eg walking your dog twice a day and feeding them or living with your pet in your home on a permanent basis, the whole time you are away. The latter is favoured by an increasing number of pet owners, as not only is your pet looked after in the comfort of their own home, your house is occupied whilst you are away also.

Pet Sitters in Norfolk:

Tom and Toto

Tel: 01603 927 272

Happy Hounds Pet Services

Tel: 07767708920

Pet Pixie

Tel: 07929558849

Good Dog Pet Care Services

Tel: 07403990765


Tel: 07801943072

Norwich Cat Sitting Services

The Dog Lady

Tel: 07766 965773

Petpals Norwich

Tel: 01603 664464

Barking Mad Norwich

Tel: 01692 584713

Barking Mad North West Norfolk

Tel: 01485 205715

Barking Mad South Norfolk

Tel: 01603 340595

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