Cattery Winchester

Merry Christmas from Hotel Cat

December 15, 2015
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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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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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A beautiful summer and happy cats

August 3, 2015
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We are very fortunate to be living in one of the most beautiful parts of England. We adore the New Forest and it is lovely to see all the young foals chasing each other around. The weather this year has been kind, the rain always seems to start north of us and we do seem to have more than our fair share of sunshine, which keeps both us and the cats happy.

We continue to have the most amazing cats coming to stay and we love them all as they are so individual. The family of Australian Mists are currently staying and are one of the most chilled out breeds we have met. We had our first Persian Chinchilla who was such a sweet girl, who fortunately loved to be groomed and had such an amazing coat. We also have Milo the stunning Bengal cat, he has stayed once before and we adore him. He loves a game and also gives kisses which is the sweetest thing. It’s funny how each week changes, one week we had seven Silver Tabbies staying, the next week we had seven black and whites. I think the best thing about running a cat hotel is meeting all the guests and seeing how well they settle. I have another golden oldie coming back to stay for a month in August. Freddie has stayed with us before and is a real gentleman, the older ones just like us to go and sit with them and chat, occasionally they will play, but most of all they just want company. We have had lots of long term guests and it’s amazing how quickly they settle in. It’s always important that they have plenty of familiar thing from home in their suite, as this is very reassuring to a cat in an unfamiliar surrounding.

We are always more than happy to show you around before you book and will hold the suite for you until you have visited. We do ask for appointments as we keep the bottom gate locked and do not know you are there when we are with the cats.

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Milo the amazing Bengal cat who has the most stunning markings.

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