Karen, Clapham

I would 110% recommend Martin and Jules – they looked after our very precious cat like he was their own. I’m an anxious control freak and they were very reassuring. We were updated daily and we arrived home to a happy cat actually looking slightly disappointed it was us coming through the door and not Martin and Jules 🙄. The team are true animal lovers and it isn’t just a business for them. Happy to be contacted as a referee for Homefuryou.

Thinking of getting away? Call HomeFurYou!

Thinking of getting away? Call HomeFurYou!

With January nearly behind us and the lighter mornings and evenings giving us a sense of Spring, it’s now time to be thinking about booking your holidays.

Here at HomeFurYou we’re available all day and every day.  We’re very happy to take last minute bookings if you decide to get some time out at short notice.  That’s the reason we set the business up in the first place.  If the weekend looked good, Martin and I would talk about going away to the coast, only to be told by cat sitters that they needed a few week’s notice – not very helpful. 

We’ve done a bit of research on holiday bookings and found that the typical Brit books their next holiday just 37 days after arriving home from the previous one.  Almost a tenth said they felt guilty for treating themselves to a trip away and seven per cent said deciding who to go away with stops them from booking a holiday (interesting!).

So how do you know if you’re in need of a holiday?

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Finding daily life a grind
  • Getting stressed at trivial things.
  • Getting tired of the view from your home or workplace
  • Finding yourself talking about past holidays

So don’t delay, treat yourself and get that holiday or weekend away booked.  Then step two, contact HomeFurYou so that we can book you in.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Jules & Martin x

Flo’s Christmas Tribute to Becks

Flo’s Christmas Tribute to Becks

If you’ve read these blogs down the years, you’ll know that this time of year meant a lot to Becks our much missed darling. And the Christmas tree in particular was Beck’s favourite place to live, sleep and eat for six weeks. Well, sadly our beautiful baby is no longer with us, but her place beneath the Christmas tree is in safe hands.

Flo joined us this summer and despite being an elderly lady and having a few health issues, the tree has given her such a lift. Is it the smell of pine, is it the lights or is just her sheer incredulity that the humans have brought in a tree from outside?! Either way, she can’t leave it alone, either playing with the baubels or gazing up at the lights.

For us, this is bittersweet of course. It makes us very happy that we have Flo in our lives and enjoying Christmas, but it also reminds us that Becks has moved on to the Rainbow Bridge. (She even has her own Christmas tree out in the garden all year long).

Either way, we know that somehow Flo is acting in tribute to our Becks and that animals are always in our hearts forever. Whether it’s Christmas or anytime of the year.

Cool Cats – Keeping your Furry Friends Chilled

Cool Cats – Keeping your Furry Friends Chilled

We’ve recently had some hot weather and I imagine we’ll see another burst of it before summer is out. So it seemed like a good time to think about how to keep your cats cool.

We’ve always kept cats and found that the following might just help:

• Keep the water bowls topped up – put some ice in the water or keep a bottle in the fridge.

• Make sure there’s plenty of shade in the garden, or put a parasol up.

• For long-haired cats, try and groom daily as matted hair traps heat.

• Encourage your cat to relax, rather than running around all day – easier said than done.

• If you can, create a retreat in a quiet area of the house. Perhaps put a cardboard box on its side and place a cotton towel inside.

Most importantly, heat stroke. This only happens on really hot days and the vet needs to be contacted immediately. The signs are rapid breathing, extreme distress, skin hot to the touch, glazed eyes, vomiting and drooling.

Martin and I are well aware of the symptoms and if any of the cats we look after show any signs of distress, then we will contact your vet immediately and keep you informed.

So enjoy your well-earned holiday and leave us to take care of the family back home.

Have a great summer.
Martin and Jules x

Never mind hugs post lockdown – it’s the cuddles we’ve missed!

Never mind hugs post lockdown – it’s the cuddles we’ve missed!

You have no idea how much we’ve missed all our furry friends over the last 18 months!  We simply love what do and really do have #thebestjobintheworld.

Our diary is looking busy once again – just how we like it and most days we’re out and about keeping the cats of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire happy, well fed, nicely groomed and most importantly – given lots of cuddles. Most of our customers have opted for staycations, which makes sense if you consider the long delays at airports.

Over the last week we have been contacted by three new customers and it’s always a joy to meet new felines.  We do of course take every precaution.  We wear a mask when in the property, gloves to enter the building and sanitise everything we touch, including a good clean of the door handle upon leaving. You can’t be too careful these days and there’s no way we want to put you (or us) at risk.  Jules and I will be having our second jabs next week.

This week we celebrated Princess Posh’s 18th birthday.  She’s simply gorgeous and still going strong without the need for any medication.  We did of course shed a tear for Becks her deceased sister who left us at the age of nearly 17.  We still miss her terribly and her picture is pride of place in our bedroom – the first thing we see every morning.

If you need someone to look after your precious felines whilst you’re away, then look no further.  Get in touch and we’ll arrange a visit to meet you and the ‘kids’.  We’ve got some lovely customers and you can read some of our reviews here:

So relax, grab a cuppa and plan that special holiday knowing full well that everything is being looked after on the home front.  Covered in the price, we also water plants, shut the curtains, turn lights on/off and of course those all important cuddles.

Happy Holidays!

Martin & Jules

Five years and counting!

Five years and counting!

Homefuryou, like most businesses has had a quiet year. Hopefully we are seeing the tiny green shoots of recovery though and bookings are beginning to come in for spring and summer 2021. Reflecting on all of this recently, it occurred to me that we had reached a milestone this month – we are five years old!

I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved over the last five years. We’ve looked after hundreds of cats, rabbits, fish, guinea pigs – even tortoises and one stick insect! We’ve made many new friends over that time, although Jules and I always remark on the fact that we know our customers animals far better than them!

We’ve had some highlights and funny moments in that time, some embarrassing that still make me laugh even now – you’ll have to wait until the book is published to read all of those!

We’ve also shared in some sad times with our customers, often loving their pets as much as our own. When we hear that we’ve lost one of the Homefuryou family, it just cuts us up. We lost our own beloved Becks a year ago and we’re still coming to terms with that. As animal lovers, you’ll know exactly what that feels like.

But most of all, it’s just been a blast! Our tagline says we have the best job in the world and it’s hard to argue with that. The trust you have in us to look after your pampered furry ones is something we’ll never take for granted.

So, if you’re beginning to think about that staycation as we come out of lockdown, then look no further. Get in touch now, but do hurry as the slots are filling up fast!

Jules and Martin x

 

Homefuryou, like most businesses has had a quiet year. Hopefully we are
seeing the tiny green shoots of recovery though and bookings are beginning to
come in for spring and summer 2021. Reflecting on all of this recently, it occurred
to me that we had reached a milestone this month – we are five years old!

I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved over the last five years. We’ve looked
after hundreds of cats, rabbits, fish, guinea pigs – even tortoises and one
stick insect! We’ve made many new friends over that time, although Jules and I
always remark on the fact that we know our customers animals far better than
them!

We’ve had some highlights and funny moments in that time, some embarrassing
that still make me laugh even now – you’ll have to wait until the book is
published to read all of those!

We’ve also shared in some sad times with our customers, often loving their
pets as much as our own. When we hear that we’ve lost one of the Homefuryou
family, it just cuts us up. We lost our own beloved Becks a year ago and we’re
still coming to terms with that. As animal lovers, you’ll know exactly what
that feels like.

But most of all, it’s just been a blast! Our tagline says we have the best
job in the world and it’s hard to argue with that. The trust you have in us to
look after your pampered furry ones is something we’ll never take for granted.

So, if you’re beginning to think about that staycation as we come out of
lockdown, then look no further. Get in touch now, but do hurry as the slots are
filling up fast!

Jules and Martin x