Tomten Kennels & Cattery was founded nearly 50 years ago by Sheila Gee, as a complimentary service to her husband's successful veterinary practice. Raymond Gee moved his surgery from Radlett to his family home in the village of Shenley in the late 1950s, and the kennels provided a boarding service for the surgery's clients, many of whom could not find suitable holiday accommodation for their pets.
In 1996, their daughter, Samantha Gee, took over the running of the boarding kennels and cattery and supervised the design and complete re-building of both the dog kennels and the cattery. Tomten has 28 state-of-the-art dog kennels for all sizes of dog from the tiniest Yorkshire Terrier to the largest Great Dane. The cattery consists of 25 cat houses; 15 for single accommodation, 8 double houses and 2 "suites" for a family group of 3-4 cats. Spacious and purpose built accommodation ensures that boarders at Tomten are provided with the very highest standard of pet care.
The name "Tomten" comes from a Swedish folktale written in the 1960s by Astrid Lindgren. The story tells of a troll - a Tomten - who watches over all the animals on the farm where he lives. People do not see him but, during the long, cold nights, the Tomten keeps the animals safe from harm, and even gives the hungry fox, who comes prowling, a bowl of porridge. We think that "Tomten" is a very appropriate name for an establishment specialising in protecting and looking after our clients' precious pets.
Our existing client base is wide and varied. Some of our clients are local residents who have been bringing their pets to Tomten for years and others have been recommended to us by friends and family. Many clients have been referred to us by their vets in Hertfordshire, Middlesex and London and some of these vets board their own pets with us, which we like to take as a testimonial to the high standard of care we offer our animal guests!
“TomTen Kennels are the second home to our beloved Bassett Hound Florence and little Cavapoo Sophie!!! I cannot praise the staff enough especially Leigh and owner Samantha for their love and devotion to our precious furry children!!! They allow us the freedom to go on lots of mini breaks knowing that our doggies are fed, cuddled and walked and don't forget the underfloor heating!!! Thank you TomTen!”
Marion R - Stanmore, Middlesex
“Having been a regular customer at Tomten for about ten years with two successive cats, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their care. Being able to leave my cat somewhere I feel is safe, comfortable & very caring gives me vital peace of mind knowing she will be wonderfully looked after. The added support of veterinary care next door is also important, (though thankfully never needed so far).The team at Tomten in my experience are always friendly, accommodating & entirely trust-worthy, as well as being experts in holiday pet care.”
S.E & Jemima the Cat, St Albans area.
A warm welcome to clients from Angela’s Cattery, which sadly now has closed. Angela’s had an excellent reputation and offered a high standard of care. After the closure, Tomten was asked to look after Angela's loyal customers and we are delighted to help.
We look forward to meeting you and your cats. We will do our very best to ensure that holidays at Tomten will be just as good as they were at Angela's. (We have International Cat Care recognition).
Since 2003 we have been awarded Feline Advisory Bureau approval, now renamed as iCatCare . There are few approved catteries in the area, and this approval indicates the high standard of accommodation and care achieved and maintained at Tomten, which the FAB insisted on before approving a cattery.
Incidentally, cat owners will find the iCatCare website a very good source of information and advice on all feline matters.