About Us


Welcome to Rats, Cats and Elephants

Rats, Cats and Elephants is an independent family-owned business established in 1998 – located in Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre and Capel St.Mary between Colchester and Ipswich on the A12.

We started life in our first small pet shop in Manningtree – but soon needed much more space to offer a more comprehensive range of fish, small animals and birds, food and equipment, so we moved to Capel St.Mary in 2000 – where the space available also enables us to offer the highest standards of animal welfare.

We’re dedicated to providing a fun and exciting shopping experience to all of our customers by offering a complete selection of pet and aquatic animals, products, food and accessories – at truly competitive prices and backed up by our commitment to excellent customer service.

Whether you’re already an established pet owner, a true enthusiast or are just starting out on your pet ‘journey’…

And whether you’re looking for a complete ‘set-up’ or just need to top up your supplies, our friendly, dedicated and knowledgeable staff will be happy to offer help and guidance to make sure that your pets stay healthy and provide you with maximum enjoyment.

Intrigued by our name?

Rats, Cats and Elephants was inspired by children’s favourite ‘The Unicorn Song’ – made popular by The Irish Rovers in the late 1960s.

Not familiar with the song? Here’s a video of Aled Jones singing it with a children’s choir…