Meant to rectify what owners considered a “gap in the market,” the first-ever luxury cat hotel has opened its doors in the UK. The Meadow Cat Hotel in Cornwall took 18 months to complete, but after painstakingly building up the establishment from scratch, owner Gemma Machin, a former primary school teacher, is now welcoming guests to her “five-paw” resort.
“I think if the owners are going on holiday their cats should get a treat as well,” Machin said, according to the Western Morning News. “In lots of catteries cats are just put in a cage, but we can drive the cats to and from the hotel, offer them lots of stimulation to keep them active during their stay, give them large rooms and lots of attention.”
Machin’s hotel features under-floor heating, custom wrought-iron beds outfitted with memory foam mattresses and crushed velvet sheets and a gourmet daily menu that includes fresh king prawn and salmon filet -- all at a fairly reasonable price. And, in addition to daily pet-pampering sessions (which include a lot of catnip), Meadow Cat also has amenities for cat-owners: each room in the hotel contains a webcam that tracks cats during their stay, which owners can access online.
“You get a view of your cat whenever you like -- it’s for peace-of-mind really,” said Machin’s husband and business partner, Richard. “There is nothing to this level in Cornwall and I think it is because there is nothing to this standard in the UK. It is a new era for cats and their owners.”
What are your thoughts on this hotel? As I said, it's pretty fancy. :>) Don't plan on going that way anytime soon, but it would be fun to check it out.
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty. Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night. Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667