Paws for effect
FOURTEEN-year-old cornish rex Lionel is one of the first guests at Furbaby Retreat in North Perth (inset), described as a five-star hotel for cats. We talk to Retreat owner Jessica Hay
FORGET the Ritz, cat owners can give their feline friends the five-star holiday treatment at Furbaby Retreat.
The new North Perth business was the first of its kind to be approved by the City of Vincent in October 2019.
Furbaby Retreat offers a range of suites, including luxurious penthouse suites complete with a comfortable human-sized bed, an extra- large room and a window for soaking up the sun.
Five-star themed suites with large rooms and multiple levels are also available, as well as the Glamping suite, perfect for fur babies who love getting out in nature, including bushland vistas, a hammock and a cat-sized tent for extra-long afternoon naps.
Furbaby Retreat owner Jessica Hay, who custom built the space, said her cat Hershey was the inspiration for starting a cat hotel.
“He was always a sensitive soul and as he got older he had some health issues and needed a higher level of care than most cats,” she said.
“I couldn’t find a boarding option in Perth that was able to offer me the level of comfort and confidence to look after Hershey when I went on a holiday.
“He would come back stressed and I would be anxious any time I had to travel.”
The cat hotel can accommodate up to 36 cats and has 27 luxury suites.
All suites come standard with luxury beds, temperature control, vet-approved meals and individual ventilation for optimal hygiene.
Ms Hay previously had a career in consumer insights before going out on her own and building Furbaby Retreat from the ground up.
“I didn’t want to open a cattery with rows upon rows of cages, concrete floors and the atmosphere of a backyard shed,” she said.
“Instead, I wanted to design a cat hotel that would go above and beyond, that was truly a five-star hotel experience for cats and their owners.
“I started with an empty space and have custom built the entire premise.
“Everything has been thought through very carefully to ensure the utmost comfort and functionality for my guests.”
Jessica Hay with Lionel in the Glamping 5-star suite.