CATS can “pampurr” themselves while their owners are away at the Oak Beach Cattery which is being run by two new Douglas residents.
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.”
Feline friends: Frank and Susie Fresche