About Happy Cats

"Rigatone in his English garden"

Happy Cats is run by Helen Hyde with the help of her husband Roy, a retired Classics teacher. Helen lived in Rome for seven years and returned to the UK in July 2007. She set up Happy Cats on her return, benefiting from the experience she gained volunteering for a period in a Roman cat sanctuary and then working on her own with local strays. In March 2008 she was lucky enough to be able to bring Rigatone Hyde, her rescued Roman street cat, to TunbridgeWells.

"Rigatone in his English garden"Although gone (he died in April 2013), he is not forgotten: Helen describes him as “my special cat” and ran the Paddock Wood Half Marathon (raising a good sum for Guide Dogs) in a t-shirt commemorating his life.

"Rigatone in his English garden"

In June 2013 Helen and Roy then adopted a 17 ½ year old rescue Tonkinese called Chanel. This was their first pedigree cat and Chanel was adorable: a real, beautiful, princess who was very good at getting Helen to spoil her!! She went blind in August 2013 and developed Chronic Renal Failure the following year but continued to enjoy life as much as possible!!

She gave the best cat love ever and Helen and Roy were devastated at having to have her put to sleep in January 2015. They miss her lots but have decided to wait until the Autumn to adopt again … and this time it looks like it will be a furry threesome who will become the new “Happy Cats Cats”: watch this space.

Helen has been running Happy Cats for more than seven years now and says: “We all want the best for our cats and our aim is to provide a high-quality cat sitting service which takes the stress out of holidays and business trips for both you and your cat. Personal experience has taught us that cats are happiest in their own homes, but finding the right cat sitter can be a difficult business.

No cat owner wants somebody who just pops in, gives the cat a pat on the head, checks its food and water and then leaves. “Happy Cats” makes that essential difference to your cat’s well-being while you are away: your cat will benefit from the tremendous rapport we have with all cats and from the time and affection that we can give it. All this, plus our police clearance and excellent references means that you can leave knowing that your cat is in the best possible hands.”.



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