Paws for ef­fect

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

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.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d497846

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d497846

Jes­sica Hay with Lionel in the Glamp­ing 5-star suite.

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