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I have something in common with 17% of the population, which also bizarrely means for the first time in my life, I have something in common with Karl Lagerfeld. Cats.
Like many owners, designer Lagerfeld is obsessed with his cat Choupette and last year, I found myself taking on two of the furry felines. It was a last minute and unexpected move and certainly not ideal in my line of work. They are great, but to be honest, they’ve been proving quite a hindrance. Whenever I need to travel, I have to avail on neighbours, friends and family.
Longer trips require more thought however –including my most recent one to Japan. Yes, the irony of visiting a country known for the craze of “cat cafes” – locals spend time there with felines, hoping they will leap into their laps – while I left mine here to fend for themselves was not lost on me. So, the search for a cattery had to commence. But it turns out in my part of town, they are not that prevalent and some of the websites I looked at and a couple of places I visited left me cold.
So imagine how pleased I was to hear of a luxury cat hotel group (before you think me crazy, please note that people with cats are more likely to have university degrees than those with dogs, according to a survey by the University of Bristol… just saying). Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotels has a website and marketing that would put some hotel groups to shame. There is talk of “suites” and “chauffeur services” for the guests. Not to mention an “A La Cat” menu, served in porcelain dishes.
The combined cat and dog population of Britain is more than 20.8 million and there has certainly been a rise in pet-friendly hotel services. But also key is ensuring you can help clients take care of their pets if they have to leave them behind and Longcroft has certainly found a niche there.
In the end, a kind friend of mine offered to go and visit my cats daily, but next time – I will be checking them into a luxury hotel. Now read on to find out more about nice places for humans to stay.