After a career of almost 40 years in Education and NHS, I decide that a change of direction was needed for my own health and well-being and that of my family.
As a cat owner and cat lover, I appreciate how impportant it is to know that your beloved pet is healthy and happy in a clean, safe environment, when you go on holiday. I undertook some resarch into the cat care industry and was astounded by the variation in the stand of accommodation in catteries. We have now set up Purr's Inn Cattery, a brand new luxury feline hotel situated in the heart of Great Glen in Leicestershire. The purpose built suites were constructed by Pedigree Pens, a leading supplier of top class feline accommodation. Each suite is named after and features drawings from members of my family. Music plays, which has been specially produced for cats and I beleive that this has a calming and beneficial effect on our clientele. The suites are also pre-sprayed with feline pheromone (with owners permission), which has also been shown to be naturally calming for the new arrivals. I post daily pictures of our guests on Facebook, WhatsApp or email so that owners can keep in touch and enjoy their holiday, confident in the knowledge that their pets are safe and content in a clean, comfortable and caring environment.
Our clientele is growing. Guests so far have included Ragdolls, Maine Coon, Birman, Exotic Persian, Siamese, Bengal, Somali, Russian Blue, Longhairs and Shorthairs as well as less exotic but no less cherished tabbies. On arrival we ask our owners to complete a short registration form which tells me about our guest. In this way, we can cater for all personalities and different foibles, as well as specific health needs!
Many of our guests have returned for futher stays and some have already made their next booking for one of our peak times of the year during the summer holidays, a sure sign that we are providing a top quality service at Purr's Inn that our guests and owners value and appreciate.
I feel that it is not just our cats who have benefitted from our cattery, but that Steve and I now have lower stress levels and improved health too. The name of the cattery is well chosen, for research suggests that the sound of a cat purring is not only a sign of contentment in the cat but is also therapeutic for people, and in particular can have a healing effect on human bones and muscle. Looking after my feline guests every day is a better way to spend my life than working eight hours per day at a desk!
I know have a satisfying and fulfilling career which also gives me the flexibility spend more time with my husband, children and grandchildren. For us this change of direction has been life-enhancing and we are looking forward to celebrating our lst anniversary.