Home Feeding Visits for Cats

  • For the same price as a cattery, your feline friends can remain in the comfort of their own home and be cared for whilst you are away on business, on holiday or in hospital
  • Ensuring your cats are cared for at home is less stressful them whilst you are away than moving them to a strange environment
  • There are no cages to restrict your cats and their routine is maintained as closely as possible
  • On each visit we will clean out their litter tray, feed them, ensure fresh water is available and if they feel so inclined and will let us, we can spend some time playing together

Whilst many cats may seem very aloof they tend to be homebodies at heart. Cats are typically very territorial and feel most secure in their usual surroundings. As creatures of habit they can feel very stressed when they are moved to an unfamiliar environment such as the veterinary surgery or the local cattery.

For the same price as a cattery, your feline friends can stay in the comfort of their own home, stress free and be cared for whilst you are away on business, on holiday or in hospital.

There will be no unfamiliar sights, smells or sounds. We adhere, as closely as possible, to your cat’s usual routine and we make sure that we always spend time socializing with your feline furbaby. Whether that’s playing chase the laser across the rug or simply spending time snuggling up on the sofa being given little sandpaper kisses. Our aim is to fit in to your shoes as closely as possible.

From a practical perspective, no cat likes to use a dirty litter tray and we ensure that the tray is cleaned on every visit. We also ensure you cats have plenty of fresh water at all times and are fed their usual food.

Visiting on a regular basis allows us to get to know your cats and by visiting on a daily or twice daily basis we can see if they are eating all their food, check their general and if they seem unwell we are able to take them to the vet for further investigations. Unfortunately, due to the nature of catteries one to one attention is difficult if not impossible to achieve and small changes in food consumption and tummy upsets can be easily missed. By having a Hugs & Tails petsitter visit your cat receives all the attention she needs.

Get in touch

Should you wish to speak to one of our many satisfied clients for a personal testimonial please feel free to contact us and we will happily put you in touch with a client who has been in a similar situation to you. For instance, if you have nervous cats we have clients who have the same needs and concerns and will be able to set your mind at ease.


Having contacted Hugs & Tails and meeting Rachelle, I was readily put at ease with her professional manner and address to detail, and the knowledge that our two boys (Cats) Sage & Onion were looked after in our home in familiar surroundings when we were on our holiday for a few weeks.

We would highly recommend her and her company and will happily use her again.

Andrew, Chingford
Rachelle’s been brilliant with our two cats for the past 7 days, while we were away. She’s very caring and genuinely interested in the pets’ well being. The fact that she sent us daily updates and photos/videos helped a lot.

We would gladly recommend her services to anyone who needs complete peace of mind while away from their beloved pets. Already planning on booking her again soon.

Andrea A, Loughton
Having recently moved to the area and tried catteries on a couple of occasions, they really don’t agree with one of my cats, who gets very depressed.

I started looking for a service that would allow my cats to stay at home, be fed and looked after. I found Hugs & Tails online and was impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail Rachelle displayed. I loved the daily updates with photos. To a scared first timer, these were lovely!

Ultimately coming home to happy, settled cats was wonderful! I was very happy with the service both Rachelle and Sophie provided and would recommend her to others in my situation.

Briony S, Buckhurst Hill
I recently moved to the Loughton area and was in search of someone to look after my two cats.  I came across the website for Hugs & Tails and was very pleased with Rachelle’s prompt reply to my query.  We arranged to meet later in the week, at a time that worked well for me, for Rachelle to come over and meet my cats and become familiar with their routine.

On short notice, Rachelle and Sophie were available to come in to see my cats each day to feed and cuddle while I was on vacation.  During my holiday they also sent frequent updates with pictures and my cats were clearly very comfortable with Rachelle and Sophie.  Upon my return, the litter was good and clean and my cats didn’t appear to have missed me at all.

I would highly recommend Essex Pet Care to anyone who is looking for a kind and caring pet sitting service.

Michelle, Claudius & Cougar, Loughton
Rachelle looked after our three cats and two lizards while we stayed overnight after our daughter’s wedding.  I was very impressed that Rachelle took copious notes on the animals’ requirements and we had great peace of mind that they were all being looked after while we enjoyed ourselves at the wedding.

I highly recommend Rachelle for her great professionalism and love of animals, thanks Rachelle.

Ruth, Loughton
We hadn’t left Norma and Annie before and were nervous about doing so but as soon as we met Rachelle we realised there was absolutely no need! She came round to meet us and the cats and put us at ease straight away – Annie even tried to steal her keys from her handbag – she clearly didn’t want Rachelle to leave!!

We were so impressed with the daily updates and photos of the girls, ensuring us they were having a great time. The service from Hugs & Tails has been fantastic, from the time Rachelle spent playing with Norma and Annie to the happy cats we met on our return as well as the pint of milk and loaf of bread awaiting us – it’s the thought and care offered by Rachelle that leaves us completely relaxed about leaving the cats in her capable hands and we highly recommend her services.

Celine & Graham, Epping