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Happy Halloween!

October 28, 2016
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I cannot believe that we are just about to start November, the weather here has been fabulous and I am currently sat writing with the back door wide open as it’s so mild. We have had such a busy month and have been flat out with so much to do, having said that, Tim did manage to sneak across to Portugal for a weeks golf! We have had beautiful guests staying again this month, mostly regular guests, but also a few new faces. We have two brothers staying called Salt and Pepper who are the sweetest chaps and so very handsome! We had our little family of four who have been in many times and who stayed for a fortnight, they are all young and were so much fun. There is never a day when I don’t pinch myself about how lucky I am to spend my life with animals.

We have almost finished the inside of the house and it looks far better now than it did on the tv show! It has been hard to live in it whilst all the building works have been going on around us, but the end is now in sight. Next week we are decorating the cat hotel as it has worked so hard for the last two years and deserves some love back!

The donkeys are all really well and adore this weather, they are regularly found basking in the autumn sunshine. They also thoroughly approve of their new barn and it is far easier to keep them clean and dry with the concrete floor. Our little deer family are in the fields every evening and we can walk within 200ft of them whilst they just stand and watch us. I cannot express how that makes you feel, to know that a wild animal trusts you enough to let you get that close is an amazing feeling.

We have a quieter month coming up, then we are flat out again for Christmas. We have four families of cats staying for nearly two months, which means that January is half full already. If anyone has January dates please let us know soon to avoid disappointment. We are taking bookings for 2017 most days now and the bank holidays are now fully booked. We have even started our 2018 diary as we have bookings coming in that far in advance!

Right, back up to entertain and lavish love on my lovely guests,

Jackie x

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August Days

August 30, 2016
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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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May Madness

May 30, 2016
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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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Spring arrives at Hotel Cat

March 15, 2016
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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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Happy New Year!

January 12, 2016
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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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Beautiful guests at Hotel Cat in November

November 23, 2015
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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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October at the Cat Hotel

October 23, 2015
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What a lovely month October is, the colour of the trees here in the New Forest are stunning and I adore Autumn. The cats are all warm and snug in the cat hotel. The heating is now on and stays on 24hrs a day now until Spring brings warmer weather.

We have had another really busy month, with another lot of beautiful cats, some who have stayed before and a few new ones. It’s really lovely to have such a lot of repeat customers as the cats know us so well and we treat them as our own whilst they are here. We also love meeting the new cats who come to stay, this month we had a darling boy called Gus. Gus has a gastric problem and is often sick, because of this he has to have numerous small meals throughout the day. This is not a problem as we are with the cats right through until at least 9pm at night and Gus settled in really well. We have also been extremely lucky to have two kittens staying this month. Kittens are definitely a perk of the ‘job’! The first one was Callie a 20 week old British Exotic who is just adorable and the second one is Charlie, our first Scottish Fold who is 16 weeks. They adore all the fuss and games that is lavished on them and it is so heart warming to see them so content.

We have had three families of Bengals stay this month, Tabitha and Poppy who have stayed before, new faces Tig and Ted and another new boy Jax. Poppy and Tabitha are beautiful girls with stunning markings and settled back into the hotel straight away. Tig and Ted are 11 month old Toygers and were hilarious and so mischievous, their antics kept us so amused and we hope they enjoyed staying as much as we enjoyed having them. The last one is Jax and 8 month old ‘lad’. He was again so full of character and such a joy to be around with his enthusiasm for everything. When his Mum and Dad arrived to collect him he was tearing around with excitement as he wanted to show them everything he had been up to – I just adore them all. This week we have four different families of Persians, so the hotel has a much calmer feel! It’s funny how it changes, one week nearly every cat is black and white, another week all tabby, the next all pedigree, it’s so interesting and fascinating to be around the different breeds and characters.

We genuinely adore looking after the cats and we are so glad that we kept the cat hotel so small. Having just the seven rooms means that we know every cat inside out and they know us so well too. We never wanted to build an empire that was run by staff, I love that when I get a phone call asking how a certain cat has settled, I can answer knowing exactly how they are as it is me who has been with them. I also love the fact that worried parents can ask me questions that may seem over the top to some people. I am so over the top with my four legged friends, be they cats, dogs, donkeys etc. that I totally understand peoples concerns when it comes to their animals.

We have another busy month coming up in November and I am really looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces coming back to stay. Must go now as my guests will be waiting for their mid morning entertainment to start!

Jackie x

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Jax and the chicken!

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Busy September at our luxury Cat Hotel

September 8, 2015
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Wow, what a busy first summer! We have been flat out, enjoying the company of all the amazing cats coming to stay at Hotel Cat. Once again, we have had an assortment of breeds and colours, some arrive as bold as brass and totally relaxed, whilst others need a quiet introduction and lots of reassurance to help them settle in. I have to say that I pinch myself everyday at how lucky I am to spend all day in the company of animals, especially the cats. I love opening the hotel each morning and the lovely greetings I get from my sleepy guests. I can normally be found with a cat on my lap, chatting away on what is going on in the world – they don’t seem to mind my chit chat and I receive lots of head bumps and purrs!

With September now upon us with it’s chilly evenings, the heating is now switched on at night, I like to know that all my guests are warm and snug at bedtime. We have extended the donkey barn so that the cats on the left of the hotel can see the donkeys in the barn from their garden room windows. The donkeys also love this as they are so nosy!

We have a busy couple of months ahead of us and then Christmas brings lots of favourites, plus a couple of new guests, so lots to look forward to.

We have had a tour done of the hotel for people who live too far away to visit, I will try and put it on the website, but may have to wait until my website lady returns from holiday! Here is the link in the meantime Hotel Cat Map

Everyone is enjoying meeting Percy Pinkerton the miniature donkey and he adores all the attention. He is hard at work each day keeping the cats entertained by playing with his friend Magic and rounding up the chickens!

We are taking lots of booking for 2016, so if you have any dates you would like reserved let us know now to avoid disappointment.

Thanks for reading,

Jackie

Burmese Cat,

Handsome Burmese ‘Norty Cat’, such a stunning boy

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January

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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