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August 30, 2016
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August Days

What a gorgeous month August has been, we have had so much sunshine and have loved every minute!

We have been so busy in the Cat Hotel this month, lots of regular faces and a few new ones. We had two Siberian kittens stay with us for three weeks, they were the most laid back boys and so much fun. We have also, finally, had our first Siamese guest, ‘Lady’, she is a beautiful girl and loves to snuggle up on your lap. She has king prawns for breakfast each day and will talk to you for more!

Our new girls Stella and Sweep are loving be able to go outside and are always in the garden. Stella has managed to catch two birds and just this morning I found the pair of them playing with a mouse in the lounge. Fortunately it was still alive so it was taken out to the front garden where it scampered away. Doumy, our old girl, is still going strong and is usually found lying in the sun in the front garden.

The donkeys love this time of year as they love the harvest. They pick the blackberries off of the hedgerows and beg mercilessly for the fallen apples to be given to them. Our damson trees have not had much fruit and what there was has been eaten by the birds, it’s lovely that nothing goes to waste.

The deer are back in our fields and we have spotted one baby, hopefully they will stay as they are safe on our land.

We have a very busy couple of months coming up, but things do ease off in November. We have lots of bookings coming in for 2017 and if you have any holidays planned please let us know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Back off now to play with my lovely guests, being with the cats each day is so perfect and I feel so lucky that we can do this in such a gorgeous place.

Jackie x

Lucy watching a movie with Lady the Siamese

Lucy watching a movie with Lady the Siamese

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July 25, 2016
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July in the sunshine

What a fantastic month July has been, so much sunshine which makes everyone smile. We have had all our hay cut and it is all neatly stacked in the barns ready for the donkeys during the winter. The fields now look so tidy and Tim can now find all the golf balls he lost!

We have had another lovely lot of cats staying, lots of them are in for quite a few weeks whilst their parents have long summer holidays. We love seeing them relax into their new surroundings. We have had a number of new guests staying this month, including a beautiful boy called Ludwig, he is a real character and  has settled in so well. He is with us for the whole month and will be very much missed as he is gorgeous!

We were unfortunately visited by the fox again a few weeks ago. He took one of our chickens and two of our ducks, which left Gladys all on her own. We have been trying to rehome an older female duck to keep her company and last week found one which needed a home. They were both delighted to see each other straight away and have been inseparable ever since, it really makes your heart sing to see them together. We have named the new girl Cynthia and hope she has many happy years with us.

Stella and Sweep, our new girls are firmly settled in now. Stella loves being out in the garden all day and will always be with you, wherever you are. Sweep will venture out when we are there and loves sunbathing in front of the shed. Their little lives have changed so much for them and it is so lovely to see them so happy. Their brother, Sebastian, who was rehomed by a lovely couple in Romsey, is being thoroughly spoilt and is absolutely adored. He is staying back with us whilst they are on holiday and it is so lovely to still be part of his life. It sounds as though he may be getting a new playmate soon, I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

We are working with the donkeys daily with the aim that Percy and Arthur will be ready to start going out to care homes next year. Arthur is getting used to walking on different floors, much to our son’s surprise when he came down for breakfast and found a donkey in the kitchen! Fortuanely he is used to living in a slightly less than normal home!

We have another really busy month ahead in August and we are looking forward to a variety of new and old guests. Hopefully the sun will continue to shine as the cats to love to sunbathe.

I have to end on a sad note this month as we have had news that one of our regular guests has died. Sebastian (not Sebastian the Silver Tabby) was a gorgeous boy who spent all his holidays with us. He was adored by both his family and us alike and will be missed so very much. He had a tough start in life before he found his forever family and was such an affectionate boy who gave so much. We will never forget you sweet boy.

Jackie xx

Arthur exploring the kitchen!

Arthur exploring the kitchen!

Darling Sebastian

Darling Sebastian

Our new girls enjoying the sunshine and entertaining the cats!

Our new girls enjoying the sunshine and entertaining the cats!

 

 

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June 25, 2016
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Summer at Hotel Cat

Sweep the shorthaired Persian

Sweep on her favourite windowsill

Well, we are supposed to be enjoying summer, but it hasn’t been great so far has it?! Our hay fields are full and we are desperate for a dry spell so that we can start making the hay for the donkeys.

June has been another really busy month with plenty of lovely cats coming and going. At one stage we had four elderly cats in, they were all from different families, the youngest was fifteen and the oldest was twenty. Once these had gone home we had a number of young cats to stay and the variety of personality’s who come to stay is amazing. We had our first ever Sphynx kitten called Kermit who was a complete live wire and kept us all highly entertained, what a lovely breed. We also had two gorgeous Burmese kittens who were amazing and so affectionate. We have also had lots of our regular lovely guests staying and I love knowing all the cats so well and the way they settle straight into the hotel.

We have been taking the donkeys out on walks around the lanes lately and they always make people smile. We hope by next year they will be ready to start their therapy work and spread some joy around care homes and hospices. They are amazing creatures to spend time with, very similar to the cats in that they are very relaxing to be with and they adore a fuss.

Our new cats are settling in really well and I think our old cat Doumy has realised they are staying! She won’t let them go upstairs as that is her territory and she has a bed on the landing so that she can be on guard. Stella, the grey cat, has just started to go outside with us in the garden and she loves it, but Sweep, with her bad eye sight, prefers to live indoors and will go from room to room seeking the sunniest spot. It’s so lovely to have them and they are very happy.

Right, back up to see my lovely guests, I expect it is time for another game with Jax the energetic Bengal!

Jackie

Stella the shorthaired Persian

Stella who adores jumping from top to top in the new kitchen!

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May 30, 2016
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May Madness

I have no idea where May went, if only January would go so fast! The farm looks absolutely wonderful at the moment. All of the oak trees are a deep green and we awash with young birds. Our hayfields are a haven for wildlife and are a lovely sanctuary for the baby pheasants and rabbits to play in.

We have had another really busy month and have had amazing guests. We currently have a family of eight cats who have just arrived, it’s always lovely to see how quickly they settle in and I am besotted with them all. Another amazing guest is our first Sphynx cat called Kermit – what a huge character he is, whenever I bend over to clean he is instantly on my back and he purrs like a train!

Our new Persian rehome girls are settling in with us indoors, although Doumy, our old cat is being incredibly bossy with them and they spend most of their time in or dining room. Hopefully with time they will all settle down as we do love them.

The donkeys are all loosing their winter coats and I think most of the birds in the lane have a nest made of donkey hair! Our pet sheep have just be shorn and are much happier without their huge winter coats.

We now have very limited space left for the summer and are now taking bookings from the 8th September onwards. Christmas is fully booked with a waiting list which is lovely as it is all of our favourites staying.

The sun is shining outside and there is plenty of cat sunbathing going on – I have the most perfect job in the world :-)

Jackie x

The 'Boys' Percy, Stanley and Arthur off to entertain the cats!

The ‘Boys’ Percy, Stanley and Arthur off to entertain the cats!

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April 21, 2016
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April fun at Hotel Cat

Wow, where has April gone?! What a busy month and what a lovely one. It’s been so lovely to see the oak trees turning green and our cherry trees are laden with gorgeous blossom.

We have had another really busy month and we could do with double the amount of rooms for May as we have had to turn so many people away. We have happy/sad news about our three long term cats, Sebastian, Stella and Sweep, their owner has decided to rehome them. We were going to take them on as we thought we were going to lose our precious Doumy, but as she continues to enjoy good health it has been decided that it would be kinder to let the cats find another home. As I write Sebastian looks as though he has landed on his feet with a lovely home offered and I will let everyone know about the girls this week. If anyone knows somebody who may be interested in two beautiful short haired Persians, one who is a lap cat and one who is partially sighted but who adores games, please get in touch. As you can imagine it is going to be very hard for us to see them go as they have become part of the family and I know they have a huge fan club with our regular customers.

On a happier note we can announce the arrival of Arthur the miniature donkey and our newest member of entertainment staff :-). To say he is adorable is an understatement and he has settled straight in with the other boys so well. As you can imagine with the cats and donkeys to entertain I don’t get a lot done in a day, but I do smile a lot!! If you would like to come and meet Arthur please feel free to drop in, he does adore a neck scratch and is quite partial to a digestive biscuit…….

We have had another amazing mix of cats in this month and have had four families of three in at the same time – lots of cats to entertain! I adore seeing the cats relax and explore their suites and love it when the shy ones come for a fuss – I totally adore the cat hotel and wouldn’t swap my life for anything. The most stressful job I have is getting breakfast out on time as the cats are Very demanding in the morning!

Look forward to meeting our new guests and seeing our old favourites soon,

Jackie xx

Shorthair Persians

Darling Sweep who is looking for a home with Stella

 

Gorgeous Stella who loves a warm lap to curl up on

Gorgeous Stella who loves a warm lap to curl up on

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March 15, 2016
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Spring arrives at Hotel Cat

It’s lovely to say that Spring has finally arrived as winter seemed to go on and on. The birds are nesting in the boxes outside the cat windows and are emptying the feeders as quickly as we can fill them. I love this time of year as everything is so fresh and positive and we have a great year to look forward to. We are filling up quickly now for the summer, with both old and new guests coming to stay. Easter is fully booked with a lovely bunch of cats who are going to be very indulged with lots of treats, toys and a home cooked Easter Day lunch menu consisting of salmon, turkey and prawns – I think I am going to be very popular that day!

Our new cat climbing units are being well used and the cats love them, they certainly look very smart in the Royal Mews suites. We have the gorgeous kitten Gibbs staying for a couple of weeks whilst his Mum is in hospital, he is adorable and his antics keep all the other cats highly entertained – he certainly loves to play. We had our first pair of pure bred Norwegian Forest cats in for a couple of weeks last month and I have to say I am in love with the breed. They were incredibly loving and so laid back, we really did enjoy their company, hopefully we will have more coming to stay.

Our cat Doumy is (touch wood) doing really well and is currently say next to me in the sunshine. Arthur the donkey is joining the family at the end of this week and we are all really looking forward to his arrival.

I must go there are cats to be entertained!

Jackie x

Gorgeous Bailey the Norwegian Forest Cat staying at Hotel Cat luxury cattery Hampshire

Gorgeous Magnus the Norwegian Forest Cat staying at Hotel Cat luxury cattery Hampshire

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The equally gorgeous Magnus the Norwegian Forest Cat

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February 19, 2016
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February at Hotel Cat

A late update this month as we have been so busy! It has been another fantastic month with lots of old and new guests coming to stay. We have had some beautiful kittens, who always make us broody and also our oldest guest, Treacle, who at 19 loves his fuss and to sit and watch the wildlife outside. He has to have tablets twice daily, but eats them wrapped in ham with no problems and looks amazing for his age. We also had our regular diabetic guest Silky, he too is a teenager and has a special place in our hearts. To be honest, we love all the cats who come to stay and because they are so loved at home  they thrive on the affection here. The hardest part is when they go home, especially if they have been here for a while as they become part of the family.

Unfortunately our own darling cat Doumy, has been ill recently. She was diagnosed with a thyroid tumour at the beginning of January, but was responding well to her treatment when she suddenly went downhill two weeks ago. After undergoing more tests, x-rays and a scan the vets found a huge tumour in her abdomen which they cannot remove. She is still with us at the moment and we are taking a day at a time and boy is she being spoilt! I think we are all a little guilty of  taking our much loved pets for granted, just assuming that they will be here for years. We thought that our precious girl would be here for many more years as she is only 13, still, at least she has always known how much we love her – even when she sits on my bedside table and ‘chirps’ for her breakfast at 4 am!

On a happier note our new baby donkey will be joining the family next month. His name is Arthur and he is a miniature like Percy. We think the three boys will be up to all sorts of mischief and can’t wait for him to arrive. The donkeys keep the cats highly entertained during the day and love to play chase around the hotel – the only downside being that I cannot keep plants for long in the tubs outside – a small price to pay I keep telling Tim!

We are all looking forward to some warmer and drier weather and longer evenings, winter seems to have gone on a long time this year. At least the cats have all been toasty warm in their suites, it is always T-shirt weather in the hotel!

Thanks for reading,

Jackie x

Doumy, our beautiful girl

Doumy, our beautiful girl

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January 12, 2016
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all, lets hope it’s a happy and healthy one. We had such a fun Christmas and all the cats enjoyed their presents, especially the cat nip!

I don’t know how many of you saw the TV show we were featured on last year, but those who did know what a bad state our house was in. The good news is that we now have a new bathroom and are in the middle of having our kitchen fitted, we are currently living in chaos, but know if will be worth it eventually.

One bit of sad news is that we lost our old donkey Basil just after Christmas. He hadn’t been ill and the day before was his usual happy self. Tim went to give him his usual digestive biscuit for breakfast and found him dead in the barn. We made him a promise when he arrived that he would never leave us and he is now buried by the hedge in the field where he was so happy. It really hurts when they go, but I know that after such a long hard life he finally relaxed and trusted us and knew what it was to be loved. The other donkeys are looking forward to spring as they don’t enjoy the rain at all and give me their best sad faces to encourage me to bring them more food in their barn so that they don’t have to go outside!

We have had so many bookings come in since the beginning of the month and are already full for Christmas. February and May bookings are the busiest so far, followed by April and the summer months. If you do have any future dates you would like held please let us know as soon as possible to secure your place.

We have had three delightful kittens staying over the last couple of weeks and have all become very broody. We have now decided to rehome a kitten in spring and will be contacting the local rehoming centres soon.

Must go, lots of cats to entertain :-)

Jackie x

Elvis chatting to Sebastian

Elvis chatting to Sebastian

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December 15, 2015
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Merry Christmas from Hotel Cat

We would like to start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. We have had a fabulous year in the company of the greatest cats and have loved every minute of it. We have lots of ideas for 2016 and I know the cats will all approve!

Our first Christmas guests are here and more arrive over the next few days. Our guests this month have loved the Christmas tree and the favourite game is to hide underneath it and pounce on the first thing they see (usually the broom!). Every guest has a present already wrapped for them and we can’t wait to play with their new toys with them. We have a 6 month old Abyssinian kitten who is having  her first stay with us, I can imagine she is going to be swamped with cuddles if I know my family! We also have our first Elvis, what a great name!

We decided to stop sending Christmas cards last year and donate to charity instead. This year we have donated to the local hospice and an animal charity in Ireland. We do however hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas and that all the cats have hours of fun playing in the empty boxes and wrapping paper, whilst ignoring their new purpose made cat toys :-).

This will be the first Christmas with our new boys Percy and Stan. They are both so lovely and bring such joy to everyone who meets them. Percy will be spreading joy in 2016 by showing up in care homes, we are also hoping that we will be allowed to take him to local hospitals and hospices. He is such a clever boy and has mastered ‘high five’ – front leg up and ‘who do you do’ – he shakes hoofs. He also knows ‘cuddles’ and ‘kisses’ and ‘sit’, where he will sit down on my lap and believe me he weighs a lot! Stan enjoys watching Percy, but is not interested in tricks and is wary of strangers (whereas Percy walks straight between their legs whether they are expecting it or not!). Stan will stay with the big donkeys and we also have another mini donkey joining us in February – all will be revealed soon :-).

Many thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the year.

Jackie x

Sweep helping sort the decorations!

Sweep helping sort the decorations!

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November 23, 2015
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Beautiful guests at Hotel Cat in November

We have had such a busy month again, I did think November would be quieter, but we have had plenty of lovely guests to wait on. We have two huge Maine Coons staying with us at the moment and although they are a big breed, one of them, Boris, is absolutely huge. We ordered an extra large cat tree for him, so that he could stretch out and watch out the windows and he loves it. Alfie, his slightly smaller brother is the adventurer and loves watching the crazy baby donkeys running around outside the hotel. During the day we let the two donkeys play in the gardens which surround the hotel and all the cats are fascinated by them.

We have 6 new hens who have come to us as a retirement home. They are lovely old girls and can rest out their days here and keep the cats entertained, they are also great for clearing up any leftovers from the cat hotel – nothing is wasted here!

I love being in the hotel with the cats, it is so warm up there and I love seeing the cats so snuggled at bedtime. We also had this lovely email come in from a local family;

We wanted to thank you so much for looking after Marmite and George . For us going on holiday knowing that they were being left in such a lovely environment with the best care meant so much. From our very first viewing of Hotelcat we were bowled over, it offers everything, from spacious well thought out spotlessly clean accommodation with superb cat friendly furniture, we loved the human beds!!  and beautiful décor, the large windows where birds can be viewed safely as they feed from the feeders and chickens which roam free just outside! Cats equivalent to Sky TV 24/7. Absolutely great.

It was quite apparent both cats were quite at home when we came to collect them after our holiday. It made us smile that George was initially oblivious to our return as he was contently brushing around your legs, a sure sign he was one happy confident cat, wanting to play again with one of your many great toys, whilst Marmite was loving her comfy bed all to herself.

Thank you Jackie for starting Hotelcat, your passion and love for cats is very evident and we feel very privileged to have found you. Marmite and George second that too!

We love getting feedback like this as we really do love what we do and love the fact that others feel confident to leave their precious cats with us. All of our guests are family members and totally adored and we understand all the concerns that people have about leaving their cats as all of our animals are so precious to us.

The Christmas tree goes up on the 1st Dec, I can’t wait! All of the cats presents are already wrapped and waiting to go underneath, I wonder who will be first to climb the tree? Watch this space for photos!

Thanks for reading,

Jackie xx

Boris and Alfie the magnificent Maine Coons

  Boris and Alfie the magnificent Maine Coons

 

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