CATS can “pam­purr” them­selves while their own­ers are away at the Oak Beach Cat­tery which is be­ing run by two new Dou­glas res­i­dents.

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The cat­tery is strictly a “no dogs al­lowed” prop­erty where kit­tens and cats can play, sleep or so­cialise in their very own se­cure apart­ments.

Own­ers Susie and Frank Fresche were born and bred in New Zealand and fell in love dur­ing a parachut­ing jump when Frank was a na­tional cham­pion para­chute diver.

The ad­ven­tur­ous cou­ple have trav­elled through­out Europe for the last 12 years but were keen to es­cape the dull and cold win­ters and get a per­ma­nent taste of the trop­ics.

Over the last 12 years Susie has been work­ing as a mid­wife and opened a nat­u­ral birth clinic in Lon­don while Frank was an air freight pilot trans­port­ing de­liv­er­ies to the Mid­dles East.

“We de­cided to buy the cat­tery and open it up for busi­ness be­cause we fell in love with the Port Dou­glas life­style,” Susie said.

“We both came from two very high-pres­sured jobs where we had eight or nine months of win­ter ev­ery year and we just had enough.

“The cat­tery is a great job for us be­cause we both love cats and it is work that we can do from home.”

Susie and Frank have spent the last 12 years trav­el­ling and are more than happy to put the suit­cases away and take care of the cats.

Ev­ery morn­ing the cats’ apart­ments are cleaned from top to bot­tom, they are fed and are given toys to play with through­out the day.

The apart­ments are built next to each other so the cats can “so­cialise” with other cats hol­i­day­ing.

“Some cats stay for all dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods of time - some can stay up to three months and oth­ers can stay for as lit­tle as three days,” Susie said.

“It is fun watch­ing them some­times be­cause ev­ery sin­gle one of them is dif­fer­ent.

“We had a 19-year-old cat the other day and we have a 9.7kg cat booked in for Septem­ber.”

The cou­ple in­tend to stay at the Oak Beach prop­erty for the rest of their lives and say “you can’t do it all”.

“We still have 50 per cent of the world to see but I don’t care if I don’t see an­other suit­case,” Susie said.

“The new job has given Frank time to em­brace out­door projects such as saw­ing down trees and fix­ing house­hold ap­pli­ances and Susie has been able to bake for the first time in a decade.

“Your job is what you make it - and we love it.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Fe­line friends: Frank and Susie Fresche

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