June 22, 2015
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Hotel Cat guests

We have had so many beautiful cats come and stay since we opened our Cat Hotel. One thing we have noticed is that most of our cats parents are booking their holidays well in advance and we are getting lots of repeat business which is lovely. The cats are continuing to settle really well in their new, but very exciting, surroundings and it is so lovely to be able to share their holiday with them. Most afternoons I sit with my book and always have someone on my lap purring contentedly. The mornings are normally play sessions, grooming and general room tidying. Early evenings are play sessions before tea and late evenings are when the real fun starts as they all want a good run around before bed. Dreamies cat treats are the bedtime snack of choice with the majority of guests, along with a kiss goodnight for all of them. We are absolutely loving all the different personalities and one little man who has just gone home, after being with us for the last 5 weeks, is Treacle. He was a wonderful gentleman, who adored a fuss and a gentle play each day and had a delicious diet of fresh cod or chicken for both breakfast and dinner each day, along with a slither of smoked salmon on the side, to disguise his daily pill. It’s so lovely to give all the cats such undivided love and attention as they certainly all deserve it.

We are getting very excited about Percy the miniature donkey coming to live with us in August. Our other donkeys are keeping the grass down in his little paddock and his new shelter is going up soon. We have two new cats in this weekend called Lily and Charlie. They live in central London and are transfixed by the chickens, ducks and donkeys outside their window, I thought Lily would explode with excitement when she saw them for the first time!

Our diary is filling up fast for the rest of this year and if you have any potential dates in mind please let us know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Percy taking advantage of his full size bed and duvet at our luxury Cat Hotel

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May 12, 2015
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Summer is on it’s way

It is absolutely beautiful here on the farm now that summer is almost here. The birds are busy feeding their babies and there are young rabbits everywhere – the cats approve of the outside entertainment!
We have had another really busy month with a variety of cats coming to stay, we even had George, William and Kate here for three weeks. They were three very lucky cats who were rehomed from Battersea, they really have landed on their feet now and live like the royals themselves.
It is Champagne Charlie’s (our little white donkey) 8th birthday today. He had extra digestives for breakfast and has his favourite broccoli stems for an afternoon treat. He is a real sweetie and totally adored by everyone who meets him. We took on his expectant Mum, Holly in April 2006 and after a very long pregnancy Charlie eventually appeared on the 12th May 2007. I have to say that having a baby donkey is the cutest thing and we wouldn’t of missed it for the world. Holly and Charlie used to walk through our garden to get to their field from the stable and they would always stop for a sunbathe on route. Charlie was actually in quite a lot of the papers, both national and local at the time as a photographer took a beautiful photo of him kicking his legs up on a hill. We have kept all the cuttings and love looking back on our ‘famous’ boy.
We are busy landscaping the approach to Hotel Cat at the moment and it is looking very smart. We adore our lives living and ‘working’ with animals, they really do give you so much love and although we will never have wealth, we have a fantastic life.
I must go back and sit with my oldies now. I have Colin who was rehomed as a stray 15 years ago staying with us and Treacle who is at least 18. Both of their owners adore them and they now have wonderful homes. They are a delightful pair of gentlemen, and like me to just sit and talk to them, it’s never a problem 🙂

Donkey foal new born

A new born Charlie. The cutest baby donkey!

We are almost full for the summer, with just a few dates left. If you are thinking of leaving your cat in our hotel, the sooner we know the better as we have had to turn quite a few people down for certain dates lately.

Charlie two days old!

Charlie two days old!

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April 19, 2015
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A few of our customers know that we have had the TV cameras filming lately. They finished filming today and the documentary goes out in approx. one months time. It’s called ‘For the love of cats’ and is all about the sacrifices that people have made in order for cats to have a better life. We are very excited and extremely nervous in equal measures! The cats chosen for the filming were the bold, attention seekers and they had a ball with the film crew. Sebastian the Silver Tabby is a total natural in front of the camera and was a total star. Pino the Maine Coon kitten was also thrilled to be chosen, along with Willow the one eyed Tiffany cat and Poppy the sweetest little ginger girl who came from a rehoming centre and has now landed on her feet with a family who adore her.

Percy Pinkerton’s paddock is finally being fenced tomorrow and a new shelter for the donkeys is being ordered. Holly, our first ever donkey, has been under the vet this month as she developed a condition called COPD. This is basically a lung infection and we think the most likely cause is her current barn as it is very old and dusty. Those who have been here know that we have an awful lot of work to do on the house, but this is now on hold until the donkeys have dust free accommodation. Everyone who loves their animals understands that they always come first.

We are filling up fast for the summer and September is almost fully booked. If you are thinking of planning a break and would like your cat to stay in Hotel Cat then please give us a call.

The TV crew at our luxury cat hotel

The TV crew at our luxury cat hotel

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March 25, 2015
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A busy Easter ahead at Hotel Cat

We are very much looking forward to our first Easter at Hotel Cat. We have a full house of beautiful guests to look after, who will all be enjoying a complimentary gourmet dinner. We have also bought all the cats an Easter egg to play with, these are currently hanging on our Easter tree and are being eyed with delight by lots of playful cats!

The Easter tree ready to be shared with all our guests.

The Easter tree ready to be shared with all our guests.

We have had an extremely busy few weeks and have been trying to prepare for summer outside. We have to finish the fencing for the new donkey, Percy Pinkerton, as we want his new paddock to be outside the cats windows so they can watch his crazy antics during the day. We also have new plans to keep Hotel Cat the best Cat Hotel in the country, all will be revealed shortly…….
The majority of our visitors comment on how much bigger the suites are than they imagined. I think the only way to really show the size off properly is to have a short film of Hotel Cat made. This would enable everyone to see exactly how lovely and spacious the suites are. We adore looking after your cats and the best feedback is always how chilled out they are when you come to collect them, this tells us that we are getting it right.
One thing which we are not asked, but do provide, are nightlights. I always imagine that the cats would prefer a bit of light once the main lights are turned off and so we light the main hall with battery operated candles. These provide a lovely warm glow and can also be placed in the individual suites on request.

Night lights for Cats

Night lights for Cats

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March 16, 2015
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Lovely Reviews

We have had such lovely reviews left for us since we opened. Some are left on Facebook, whilst others are sent to us by email. This one really made my day and sums up totally why we built Hotel Cat;

‘Hello Jackie
Just a quick note to say a hundred million thanks for looking after Poppy so brilliantly.
In the past when we have brought her home from a Cattery she has stuck to us like glue, always in the same room as us and craving fuss and knees and never having been groomed, despite promises to do so.
Yesterday when we got her home she was miss independent, she had a good look around and had brief knee visits and fuss and was in no way disturbed by her stay away from home. She is calm and happy.
We can tell that she has actually really enjoyed her stay with you and she sees it as a second home, with second ” mum and dad” to meet her needs.
She is very fluffy and thanks you for helping her to take care of the huge fur coat she wears.
Words cannot express our relief in finding you, we are so confident now to book trips away without them being overshadowed by the guilt of leaving Poppy somewhere as totally alien as a normal Cattery .
Our only real fear now is that by next year you will be so full that we won’t be able to secure a booking for Pops, we KNOW that will be the case and that you will be turning bookings away before you know it.
So we are going to plan our trips well in advance!!’

We love looking after all the cats who come to stay and having just the seven suites is perfect as it enables us to spend real quality time with them all. We are taking bookings daily and have a real variety booked to stay throughout the year. One breed I am really looking forward to meeting is our first family of Australian Mist cats – especially as one is a kitten!

 Beautiful Poppy

Beautiful Poppy

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March 9, 2015
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New Staff!

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We have a new member of staff joining our family in August. He passed his interview with flying colours and his official post is Head of Entertainment – we believe he will do very well in this post. His name is Percy Pinkerton and we are very much looking forward to his arrival. I have attached a photo of his interview with Tim……..

Percy Pinkerton the miniature donkey foal

Percy Pinkerton the miniature donkey foal

We have had a very busy few weeks with lots of lovely cats coming to stay. We fall in love with all of them as they are all heart stealers, but Frog the Devon Rex had us wrapped firmly around her tiny paws! She was only 6 months old and it was her first visit to us. She had so much fun and kept us so entertained with her crazy antics. In true cat fashion her favourite toy was the wire from a champagne cork, we would throw it and she would fetch it back for us each time, so very cute.

Frog the Devon Rex

Frog the Devon Rex

Spring is bursting to life all around us and the birds are very busy. We have a couple of blue tits nesting in one of the boxes which is right outside the Royal Mews bedroom window. I don’t know who is more absorbed by them, us or the cats!

We have a fun filled Easter planned with a cat themed Easter egg hunt for all the lovely guests we have booked in. We are always on the lookout for new ways to keep the cats busy between naps!

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February 24, 2015
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Lovely guests at Hotel Cat Luxury Cattery

We have had such an exciting time this month. We have had more press and two lots of TV crews in the last week! The guest cats are loving all the extra attention and treats and we have a couple of real stars amongst them!

Since opening Hotel Cat we have had a real variety of breeds, colours and personalities to care for. Each cat is totally unique and the one thing which really shines out is how much they are all loved by their parents. Each cat suite is filled with all sorts from home and we have many cats who turn up with their Mum’s dressing gown – it seems as though most of us lose our soft clothes to our cats!

We absolutely love seeing how well all of the guests settle with us. We had two stunning Silver Tabbies, who, through no fault of their own, are now in their third (and definitely final!) home aged only 3. One of them, Freddy, hid for two days when he went to his new home, but has settled here like he has stayed many times before. The hotel has a very calm feel to it and with all the animals and birds to watch outside keeps the cats entertained and relaxed.

We have been fully booked for the last few weeks and have many bookings coming in for throughout the year and right into 2016. If you are thinking about taking a break and would like to come and have a look around Hotel Cat then we would be delighted to meet you.

Here is a link to a news article from Feb 2015 and a video;

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February 5, 2015
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February 2015 at Hotel Cat

It’s lovely to meet the new cats coming in this month. We are full for the whole month and over half full for March already. We have a range of different cats and different breeds coming to stay. We have just had our first hairless cat, a Peterbald called Baggins. He was such a big character and we all totally fell in love with him. We keep the heating on 24hrs a day and it is a constant 22 degrees or 71 in Fahrenheit. He was toasty warm in his suite and we missed his lovely personality and cuddles when he went home. February brings more kittens, which are always so much fun and also a couple of real senior citizens – so much to look forward to.
We have had another newspaper out today and as usual they couldn’t believe their eyes! We do love seeing people’s first reaction to the hotel, I guess we are so used to the cats having such luxury that it is second nature to us.
We have added a couple of new DVD’s to the cats personal selections. These DVD’s are designed especially for cats and we had one of our guests meowing to the cat on the TV today, they are so amusing and we certainly love our job ♥.
We are having our hallway turning into a giant virtual fishpond soon and I can’t wait to show you the videos. We love searching for new ways to keep the cats entertained and they certainly keep us on our toes. We have a family of four young Bengals and Bengal crosses who come to stay, they are such a fun family and always come armed with new toys. Their best one has to be a pirate ship, we love it! They love the interactive DVD’s and Luna in particular can be found hunting for the mice behind the screen!

Luna watching her favourite video

Luna watching her favourite video

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January 30, 2015
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Well January is nearly over at Hotel Cat and we are convincing ourselves that signs of Spring are all around! We have had a very busy month and met a delightful number of cats. The one thing that really is apparent is how well they have all settled in. We have had a couple of very shy cats stay, but due to the fact that they have plenty of places to watch us from and get to know us, we have become part of their world very quickly. The feeling you get when you are best friends with a cat who didn’t want to know you 24 hours earlier is fantastic and a big part of why we created Hotel Cat.
We have a virtually full diary for February and are really looking forward to meeting all our new guests. They range from four month old kittens right up to a 16 year old gentleman who loves to lay on a chair and watch the chickens from his window.
The donkeys are very much looking forward to Spring arriving as they miss sunbathing! Basil has stayed really well as the winter has been relatively mild and his arthritis has been kept at bay.
We have been in talks with a couple of TV production companies who are putting cat themed shows together. I’m sure that we have a number of guests who would pose for the camera the minute it was pointed at them!
As ever, if you are thinking of leaving your precious cats and would like to come and have a look around or luxury cattery, then we would be delighted to meet you.
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January 3, 2015
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Happy New Year from Hotel Cat!

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, spent with the most adorable cats who came to stay. The only sad bit is when they go home as we all miss them so much. The cats all loved their individual Christmas presents from Santa Paws & Mrs Claws and all tucked in to their Christmas dinner of turkey, chicken and salmon.

Now 2015 is upon us we have a variety of new guests coming to stay. We love meeting the different cats, from the exotic to the everyday cat, they are all so unique and fascinating. It is lovely when parents turn up with bagful’s of things from home to help the cats settle, there is plenty of room in the suites and the more familiar things the cats have in their suites the nicer it is for them.

We have had so publicity from the press and have been asked to speak on a couple of radio stations including Today FM in Dublin

If you are thinking of leaving your precious cat/s with us in our hotel and have any concerns about how they will settle, please call us for an informal chat or alternatively come and see us and we will be more than happy to show you around at a convenient time to suit yourselves.

Lovely Lily the stunning Ragdoll

Lovely Lily the stunning Ragdoll

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