What You Said...
"We left our two kittens in the care of Claire at Ferndene in October 2013. This was the first time they had ever been left with strangers and Ferndene was the only cattery we viewed that we felt comfortable leaving our kitties at. From the accomodation with a thermostatically controlled heated area and a safe enclosed outdoor area, to the caring attitude of Claire and her sister, this is the only place we will consider leaving our cats in future - thanks Claire, the text mid holiday letting us know they were fine was such a lovely touch."
Nicola Aitchison -Dinah and Alice's owner.
"My two cats are very precious and because Claire and the girls at Ferndene are so wonderful, I can go on holiday and relax knowing my cats are safe, warm and excellently cared for. Claire has a heart of gold and I return to Ferndene again and again. If you are looking for a cattery then you need to pop down and speak with Claire. You will not be disappointed. I live 25miles away and it is worth the trip everytime."
Ellen Nicholson - Feebie and Tina's owner.
"We can't recommend Claire and the team at Ferndene highly enough! They have looked after our cat Zorro brilliantly every time he stayed with them, from a few days to a few months, winter and summer! Claire and the team do a great job of looking after Zorro each time and we know they make sure he feels loved and cared for just as he would at home. We wouldn't consider anywhere else for our cat."
Mel and Clint Lewis. Ashington, Zorro's owner.
"We started boarding our cats with Claire about 2 years ago on a friends recommendation. We have never regretted it. We are very happy with absolutely everything, but more importantly our cats, Eric and Maddie (both are very much house cats so this was a huge experience for them) love it too. And they love Claire and Lindsey too!!"
Peter and Lesley Sweeney, Newbiggin by the sea, Eric and Maddie's owners.
"I can't praise this cattery enough, we had looked at a few others in the local area and found this to be the best by far to leave our kitten Oscar in. We had never left him before so we were a bit apprehensive but Claire reassured us he would be well looked after and he certainly was. My son Jacob was upset at leaving him so Claire made sure she sent picture messages, letting him know how he was and what he was up to, which was a lovely gesture. She also asked Jacob if he would like her children to go in and play with Oscar, so he wouldn't be too lonely, which Jacob was really happy about. It really is a family business, run by people who genuinely love cats. We really can't recommend this place highly enough and have no hesitation about leaving him again in September."
Kim, Alan and Jacob Rackstraw, Oscar's owner.
"I have been taking my 2 cats to Ferndene for a few years, I think they look forward to their holiday as much as we do ours! Claire and her family obviously love all things feline and all the cats in her care are given the love and attention they need. Ferndene is a beautifully clean, well organised cattery. I would recommend it for your cat's purrrfect holiday!"
Glenda Benn, Rusty and Dusty's owner, Newcastle upon Tyne.
"We first started using Ferndene Cattery 13 years ago...we had just got 2 rescue kittens following the death of our beloved 18 year old cat...our cats were 16 weeks old when they first met Claire and her family...Aunty Claire as she is now! Our boy cat is very nervous due to his life before us but he gained the trust of Claire and her mum and her sister....they took their time with him...welcoming him...treats...grooming him. His sister is totally different to him, only ever wants to be at home but settles with her brother. 13 years on our cats still go to Ferndene. A place we put our complete trust in knowing our cats are safe and well looked after...they get to watch the wildlife in the outdoor run and feel cosy in the indoor area. I would take them nowhere else."
Hilary Bone, Mittens and Hobbs' owner, Newcastle upon Tyne.
"I have used Ferndene Cattery for many years now and always find the staff professional and knowledgeable. The facilities are excellent and always immaculate. I would strongly recommend this cattery due to the high standards maintained."
Faye and Simon Glover, Holly's owners, Morpeth.
"My wife and I have used Ferndene for many years now, we have always found we can relax and trust their staff to take good care of our cats, including our diabetic. The chalets are always clean, the staff are friendly and helpful, it's obvious they love cats and the cats seem to like them too! We have tried others (on the occassions when Ferndene was full up!) but have never been happy-and neither were the pets..."
Eileen and Jerry Lambert, Daisy and Lucy's owners, Ellington.
"I have been taking my cat Pepper to Ferndene for over 10 years. She is now 21 and still enjoys her visits to see Claire and Lindsey and always comes back groomed and well looked after. I trust Ferndene implicitly to take care of my cat as if she were their own, checking her health and well being and generally making a fuss of her. They offer a great value for money service in a modern, clean environment where they can watch the local wildlife and stay cosy in their little chalets. I would recommend Ferndene to any cat lover."
Rachael Hogg, Pepper's owner, Morpeth.
"My cat has been going to Ferndene Cattery for short breaks and longer holidays over the past 2 years. My experiences have all been good, the owner is extremely caring and friendly and the cats are very well looked after. The chalets are safe and dry, immaculate and exceptionally clean. I usually take some items from home such as her scratching post, brush and her fluffy blanket to help her settle in and when I return to collect her, she has always been well groomed and is tat free! The chalets have a heater to keep the cats cosy when it's cold outside and through the night. I would highly recommend Ferndene Cattery. I have nothing but praise for Claire and Lindsey..."
The Middleton family, Purdey's owner, Ashington.
"I have used Ferndene for 7 years and this is the best cattery I have ever used. The standards of care and hygiene are exemplary and Claire and her family ensure they really get to know and understand your cat. Centrally heated chalets, individual outdoor runs, food and water, what else could a cat possibly need? It makes going away hassle free, knowing my cat is in a safe, secure environment. I would always recommend Ferndene to anyone."
The Conn family, Patience's owner, Warkworth.
"We have been using Ferndene for almost 6 years now, undertaking a 50 mile round trip and passing numerous catteries on the way, just so Molly can be well looked after by Claire, her mum and sister. If Molly could speak we know she would highly recommend Ferndene. From the beginning Molly has been settled there and we go away on holiday reassured that Molly is happy and content. On recent visits we've had to face the embarrasment that Molly hasn't appeared to want to come home!! Couldn't speak highly enough of this wonderful cattery."
Helen and Anthony, Molly's owners, Whitley Bay.