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About Us

Excellence In Pet Care Since 1988


Ladybird Kennels & Cattery was built in the early 1970’s at the same time the A12 was constructed, flattening the original house to the site. Although our facilities were modern in their day we have worked hard over the years to maintain the high quality by modernising and up dating our facilities to ensure the highest standard of care for our guests.


Ladybird has been owned and run since 1988 by Cynthia who has worked in every aspect of this business from the bottom up, which has amounted to 30 years experience of animal care. Cynthia has also bred and shown Ragdoll cats and along with husband Peter has shown Gordon Setters to champion status. Peter helps with the kennel maintenance as well as running his own business of 30 years ‘Kennel Sales’ (a specialist agency selling boarding kennel and cattery businesses throughout England, Scotland and Wales)

What Our Customers Say

My two Cat Grace and Zeus stayed for a week with Ladybird Cattery. They were clearly well cared for. They had everything covered for us and the price included all their food for the week which is great. I highly recommend Ladybird Kennels and Cattery.
Natalie Fawkes
Natalie Fawkes
20:41 09 Mar 20
Our 3 dogs and 5 cats stayed here at the beginning of January for a week. I was extremely nervous about leaving them but they were so well looked after. They truly seemed to have a lovely time and although happy to see us when we got back they certainly weren’t desperate to leave the lovely ladies looking after them. It was such an amazing relief to see that they were treated so wonderfully and we really enjoyed seeing the photos and videos posted on Facebook whilst we were away. We’ve already booked them in for our next time away and although I’ll miss them it will be good to know they are in such safe and gentle hands.
Sharon Nicholls
Sharon Nicholls
15:41 04 Feb 20
Deffo, just picked our Timmy up after a 18 days stay. At 11 years old and suffering from small dog syndrome they survived him! Thank you for taking good care of him, he will be back next year x
Lynn Sawyer
Lynn Sawyer
14:13 13 Nov 19
Dolly has been there several times and always comes home happy
Debbie Carpenter
Debbie Carpenter
10:25 23 Sep 19
We only trust the caring staff here to look after our 1 year old sprocker. They give him plenty of cuddles and exercise as well as care for his grain free diet. Coco comes home so happy after his stays, they are amazing x
Shireen Walsh
Shireen Walsh
19:15 07 Aug 19
Casper spent her first time in kennels here this weekend..cant thank the staff wnough forlooking after her.xx🐾🐾
Sandra Arnold
Sandra Arnold
14:49 05 Aug 19
The caring owners and staffWill always offer to show you round as nothing to hide.Staff to pets ratio good.They actually love the pets in their care.Very clean.My greyhound has a habit of occasionally weeing on his bed.They put a note asking staff to check his bedding and if need be wash it.I have used kennels a lot in past 2yrs and will continue.
Val Vincent
Val Vincent
21:34 30 Jun 19
100% recommend it here, our dog Bert gets so excited as we enter the gates of ladybird and cry’s to get out of the car, when he sees the amazing staff here his tail is wagging ten to the dozen and he can’t wait to go off with them and have fun. It’s so good for us because we can enjoy our holiday knowing he is enjoying his xx
Danny Worledge
Danny Worledge
21:36 07 May 19
Would definitely recommend Ladybird kennels and Cattery. Lovely , friendly staff and such a homely place for animals to stay. Hope to visit again soon. Thank you to all the staff. 😊
Laura Bolton
Laura Bolton
13:48 23 Apr 19
Jess had another lovely holiday here. The staff are all great.
Paul Bakewell
Paul Bakewell
10:52 21 Nov 18

Our Staff

Ladybird kennels is run like a family business, although the staff are not blood related, having worked here for many years we have become a family. All the staff have spent years at colleges and universities in order to achieve the many qualifications they hold in order to qualify them to do the job they love (all certificates are on display in reception) Being avid animal lovers and owners themselves the staff treat all the guests at Ladybird with the same level of love and attention they do their own. In fact they get to know the pets in their charge so well they can remember each guests little characteristics and habits which helps them settle in quickly, and feel more comfortable and relaxed on return visits.

Family Run Business


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Opening Hours

Summer (April to October)
MON - SAT: 9.30 - 18:30
SUN: 9.30 - 12.30

Winter (November to March)
MON - SAT: 9.30 - 17:00
SUN: 9.30 - 12.30

Bank Holidays | open to boarders,
closed to callers


Roman Road, Ingatestone,
Essex CM4 9AD

During these difficult and trying times we are here for you and your pets with our opening hours now:

Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
Sunday 9.30am - 12.30

For Christmas bookings our festive opening hours are:

OPEN Thursday 24th Dec 9.30am - 2pm
CLOSED Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th & Monday 28th
OPEN Tuesday 29th - Thursday 31st 10am - 2pm
CLOSED Friday 1st January 2021
OPEN Saturday 2nd January 10am - 5pm

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