Feline good at home

A Thame-based woman is swapping PR for purrs as she launches a brand-new premium cat care business.

It is called The Cat Butler Thame, which visits and cares for cats in the comfort of their own homes.

Sam Heggie (pictured), is now offering her premium cat care service across areas including Thame, Chinnor, Watlington, Aylesbury, Princes Risborough and Stoke Mandeville.

Sam, has had a rewarding career in PR, working with small businesses and charities.

These include The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Aylesbury, where she was Communications Manager for seven years, and then running her own PR business since 2016.

Now it is cat sitting – a result of her love of them, in particular older felines.

Sam adopted a 16-year-old short-haired domestic male cat named Patch from a Blue Cross rehoming centre in 2021 during the Covid pandemic, bringing him home on her son’s birthday, and explains how it all came about: ‘I’d been looking to do something different for a while having worked in PR for over 25 years, so started looking closer to home at what I enjoyed and could see myself doing in the future, so Patch – or the ‘old man’ as we call him at home – and my love of cats in general, came out on top.

‘As an older cat, Patch doesn’t always play nicely with other cats so I couldn’t imagine him having to go off somewhere outside his home environment should we been going away on holiday.

‘He’s much happier staying at home with all his familiar sights, smells, and sounds – and his creature comforts, of course.

‘It’s been an absolute joy caring for him and he has become a big part of our family.’

To find out more about The Cat Butler, visit https://www.thecatbutler.co.uk, call 01844 213961/07951 761171 or email: thame@thecatbutler.co.uk