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!
Kim Clarke, Watford, Hertfordshire.
“Tomten has been our first and only choice for cat boarding after we acquired our beautiful, but demanding, bengal cat, Domino. It gives us great peace of mind and a restful break because we know he's being looked after by caring and knowledgeable staff.
Anne Chapman, Hertfordshire.
“We just are glad that we have you to take Dora – life would be very restricted otherwise. She always comes home from you looking clean, shiny and smelling gorgeous!”
Tracy Rapkin, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire.
“We were a little apprehensive about putting our cat, Keisha, in a cattery as she’s a rescue cat and had been in and out of the rescue centre three times! We’ve no idea why she kept ending up back there because she’s a lovely, friendly, fun, (sometimes naughty!) cat who spends most days and nights lounging around at home.
Mr F G Hurley, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
“I would like you to know how happy we are with using Tomten Kennels. Smudge, our Black Labrador, has stayed with you numerous times and every time comes back in lovely condition. He seems to be very happy staying in your kennels, and always loves to come back.”
Nicole Sochor, London, NW3.
“Thanks to Tom Ten Cattery we go on holiday confident that Lily, our black-and-white shorthair cat is enjoying a break from us at her ‘cat hotel’ - Lily has stayed at Tom Ten for several years and returns to us sleek, well-fed and relaxed.
Marion R - Stanmore, Middlesex
“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!!!
S.E & Jemima the Cat, St Albans area.
“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.
Many thanks to our loyal clients for choosing us to care for your four legged family members (and some with three).
Revised Reception Opening Hours
Our revised reception opening hours are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
10am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm
10am to 12pm only
Closed to human visitors
A warm welcome to clients from Angela’s Cattery, which sadly now has closed.
Since 2003 we have been awarded Feline Advisory Bureau approval, now renamed as iCatCare.