Caring for Cats for over 21 years

Catlins is a fully licensed cattery which has built up a loyal customer base over more than 21 years. It enjoys a very pleasant open aspect in beautiful Essex countryside, situated just east of Colchester near Elmstead Market. The accommodation is designed in the chalet style, with large outdoor runs for the cats to enjoy.

With our wealth of expertise and experience you can enjoy your time away in the knowledge that your cat is safe, secure and comfortable in our care. Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact us, or come by for a visit and a chat. Please remember to bring your up-to-date vaccination card on every occasion.

Catlins is a family run business, originally started by Linda Rawlings, but now run by her daughter-in-law Emma since Linda took her well-earned retirement in early 2015. That said, Linda does still like to maintain an interest and she enjoys being able to see both long-running customers and new customers and their cats!

Emma is supported by a dedicated team of staff who are all passionate about cats and do their very best to give your cat or cats a real “home from home” in our peaceful rural setting.


Boarding at Catlins

Your cat or cats will enjoy a wonderful stay whilst resting at Catlins, enjoying views of the surrounding animals and greenery year round. Individual or shared boarding is available for up to 5 cats, with access to both indoor and outdoor areas for each of our visitors. During the winter the cattery is heated to ensure maximum comfort for our little customers.

Prices Per Day (FROM 1st APril 2019)
Single Run Double Run Triple Run Quad Run 5-FAMILY
£9.00 £14.00




£22.00 £26.00

Note: 2 cats can also share a Family Chalet, price £16.00 per day.

Our opening hours (Mon-Fri) are 8am – 1pm, also 4.30pm – 6pm by appointment (Summer Hours Only). On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays we are open from 8am – 12noon. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we charge double rates.

Please ensure your cat has a full and up-to-date vaccination against Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu and bring the certificates with you when checking in. If it is your first time immunising your cat the full vaccination course takes 4 weeks: 2 vaccinations 3 weeks apart and a final week for the immunity to take effect. The vaccinations also require an annual top-up jab. Please ask your vet for details.

Prescription medication can be administered with your permission, and we reserve the right to seek veterinary advice and treatment as is necessary during your cat’s stay. Our fees are charged per day and are payable on collection. We accept cash or cheque only – thank you.

If you have any questions please contact us and we will provide any extra information you require.


Cattery & Grounds

Here is a small gallery of photos taken in and around Catlins Cattery. Click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions of the photos. We hope they give you a feel for the place – but it’s no substitute for visiting us and taking a good look around for yourself. We are always pleased to show potential new customers around the runs and the grounds here at Catlins.


Paul & Sue Armstrong

“We’ve been using Catlins for over 10 years now and we’ve always been delighted with the care and attention our cats get when they stay. Our cats particularly love the extra grooming they get on their ‘holidays’!”

Amanda Reynolds

“Really friendly service, and it’s obvious that all the staff genuinely care about the cats in their care.”

Bradley (aged 12) and Murphy the Cat (aged 8)

“Catlins Cattery – The 5 star Hotel for Cats!!

Catlins is such a lovely and relaxed place. Whenever you go there you always get a very warm greeting by one of the team (which could be…human, feline or canine).

The runs for the cats are fabulous, they have a day area and a crate or chair to sit on so they can look out over the pond and garden. Each run has a separate sleeping area for the cats with a wall mounted heater – so they will be as warm as you are wherever their owners are on holiday.

All of our family cats have been going to Catlins since before I was born, and our current moggy (Murphy) loves it and is always waiting at his door whenever feeding time is due!

Take your cat to Catlins, they will love it!!!!!”

Fi Mason

“I have been bringing my various feline friends to Catlins for their holidays since 2003 and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The cats have always been extremely well cared and catered for, given lots of love and attention, with the runs kept scrupulously clean and comfortable. If there was a Trip Advisor for cats, mine would definitely be rating Catlins a five star resort. Delighted to see the family business continue and to know that when I’m away, my best friends are in safe hands! Thank you.”


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Contact Details

Address: Catlins Cattery, Bromley Road, Elmstead Market, Essex, CO7 7BX.
Telephone: 01206 825200
Mobile: 07885 467483


Please phone us on 01206 825200 to check availability and make a booking for your cat(s). For general enquiries please either phone us or fill in our online enquiry form. We aim to reply to all enquiries within 24 hours.

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