In the next instalment of our Independent Worthing: Unwrapped series, we meet Dr Amanda Nicolls of Cat's Whiskers Veterinary Clinic, the cat only vet based in South Farm Road.
Cat's Whiskers are dedicated to providing specialist cat only care and, speaking from personal experience, we can't recommend this approach and Amanda and her team highly enough.
IW: What inspired you to start your own business?
AN: I could no longer cope with seeing how stressed out and scared cats were when they came into the mixed species veterinary clinic’s I was working in. Therefore, I thought there has to be a kinder way of delivering veterinary care for cats. This was the incentive that I needed to embark on the long journey of setting up a veterinary clinic from scratch.
IW: What is the best think about what you do?
AN: I get to spend my working days in the company of my favourite creatures, cats! What could be better than that? Well, cuddling kittens is the absolute icing on the cake.
IW: What pearl of wisdom would you impart to anyone wanting to set up their own business?
AN: Believe in yourself, be prepared to work very hard and be resilient to the bumps in the road you will encounter on your journey.
IW: What are your ‘go to’ local businesses?
AN: Green Fingers Florists in Montague Street for sending beautiful flower bouquets to our clients Smiley’s café our neighbours on South Farm Road who frequently provide us with team lunches.
Rena’s Hair Salon another neighbour on South Farm Road, for when I need a new haircut and colour (currently it’s pink!).
Garden 2 Gable for all of our building maintenance.
IW: What do you get up to in your spare time?
AN: Spare time, what’s that? Seriously though, I love to get out and about walking in our amazing local scenery here in West Sussex. I also have 2 cats and a dog at home who keep me entertained with their crazy antics!
IW: What’s your guilty pleasure?
AN: Reality TV, the trashier the better it helps me to unwind from the stresses of being a vet.
IW: What’s your favourite way to start the day?
AN: Coffee every time
IW: If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things could you not do without?
AN: A cat (obviously)
Pink hair dye
IW: What plans do you have for the future?
AN: In 2019 the clinic underwent a refurbishment and building extension, which thanks to Covid I haven’t been able to fully utilise yet. So the plan is to maximise this extra space /new facility as soon as I can, in order to be able to help more cats who need veterinary care.
IW: Anything else you would like to add?
We are very fortunate here in Worthing to have so many fantastic and diverse independent businesses, of which I champion as many as I can.