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November Over

November 30, 2016
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Why do winter months always last longer than summer months?! We have had a quieter month, which has allowed us to decorate some of the suites and have a good tidy up in the gardens. Our first Christmas cat arrived last week and we have three more arriving over the next week. Our Christmas tree is now up and all the cats presents are wrapped up underneath. We have such fun putting the tree up and trying to wrap as the cats always ‘help’! One of our guests, ‘Ally’ managed to put claw marks down a whole roll of wrapping paper and every time I would lay it out he would throw himself in it!! We have some amazing guest staying at the moment and it is so lovely to see how warm and relaxed they are. When I go in first thing the heating is so warm and the cats are always so comfortable, I am so proud of how well the hotel works for the cats as playing with them in their suites is what keeps them and us happy. We love being with the cats throughout the day and they never get put to bed before 9pm. Their heating is on 24 hrs and we always leave them with a night light once the main lights are off.

The donkeys are all well and we have a new arrival! Her name is Misty and she is nearly 3. Her previous owner wanted to find a permanent home for her and a mutual friend put her in touch with us. She arrived three weeks ago and after some additional problems, with her adjusting to living in a group, she is settling in well. She is a white donkey like Charlie and they look incredibly cute together! The donkeys, sheep and goats love their new barn and spend most of their time in there, much to the delight of the cats who find them highly amusing!

We have 12 new hens joining our family on Saturday. They are ex commercial birds, who once they reach a certain age are slaughtered due to their egg production dropping. Fortunately, there are fantastic groups around who find homes for these girls and we are very much looking forward to meeting ours. This is the third lot we have taken over the last 10 years and we highly recommend it as they are such characters. The cats love to watch the chickens and ducks and they are such peaceful birds to have around, we normally have eggs to give away in the spring so bring a tub if you would like any.

Bookings are coming in daily for next year. February, Easter and May are booking up fast at the moment, so if you need any dates held please let us know as soon as possible.

Please do not be offended by our second year of no Christmas cards, we have joined the ranks of giving the money to charity instead and have this year decided to support Freshstartforhens who found our girls for us.

I must get back up to my lovely guests. Wishing you all wonderful Christmas and may all your dreams come true.

Jackie xx

 

 

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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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July in the sunshine

July 25, 2016
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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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Summer at Hotel Cat

June 25, 2016
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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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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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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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Our television debut

July 3, 2015
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Did many of you see us featured on the documentary 90 cats and counting? It was about various people who love cats, including a lady who has 90 of them. She takes in unwanted cats and rehomes them, such a lovely dedicated lady, she must work tirelessly. We were featured as they liked the story of how we built the cat hotel before we spent any money on the house. We moved into Downlands Farm in October 2013 and it needs so much doing to it that we didn’t really know where to start. We spent all of our savings on the Hotel Cat and are very proud of what we have achieved. It is a very tranquil hotel and you feel so calm as soon as you enter. The gardens leading to Hotel Cat were overgrown paddock land which we have transformed ourselves by hand, we still have lots that we want to do, but love how it is looking already. Our house will always be a work in progress, but we have at least had a few new windows put in last month – no more wearing a scarf on the sofa at night this winter!

We have been extremely fortunate with the amount of publicity we have had, Your Cat featured us in their magazine this month and it has really helped us become known quickly. We adore running Hotel Cat and love meeting people who are as passionate about their cats as we are. We now have a large number of regular visitors, some of whom were young kittens when we first met them and who are now approaching their first Birthdays. We love them all, regardless of breed, age or colour, each cat is so very unique and we are very privileged to be part of their world.

We had another visit to see Percy Pinkerton this week. He can come and live with us next month and we can’t wait. He has grown into a really bonny boy and is just so laid back about everything. We aim to train him as a therapy donkey so that we can take him to care homes and hopefully children’s hospitals. He has already gone to his first donkey show and also met 40 children at a pre-school visit. His new paddock is right next to the cat hotel so everyone who arrives will be able to meet him and have a cuddle. Our other four donkeys are looking really lovely, Holly and Charlie have their full summer coats and are gleaming in the sunshine, I wonder what they will make of their new playmate :-).

Tommy the stunning Silver Tabby, who loves watching his Feline Frolics DVD

Tommy the stunning Silver Tabby, who loves watching his Feline Frolics DVD

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Lovely Reviews

March 16, 2015
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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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