Accommodations for cats have always been something of an afterthought in the animal-boarding community, Kim Thomas says. “They’re relegated to steel cages next to barking dogs in warehouse-style accommodations,” says the owner and founder of Cat’s Meow Resort in Avon.
No more, Thomas says, as she describes her new Cat’s Meow Resort as the Canyon Ranch for cats. “Cats are unique creatures who crave quiet, serene environments with multi-level play areas and windows to the outside world,” she says. Opened in the fall and one of only a few cats-only boarding operations in the state, Cat’s Meow delivers on those needs with private, glass-enclosed suites for felines. The sun-filled rooms range from 250 square feet to 500 square feet.
“Cats love climbing and exploring, so each suite is outfitted with towers, bridges, tunnels, scratching balls and nice blankets,” she says. “We have music going all the time that is specifically geared to calming cats, and we serve balanced gourmet meals. Each guest relaxes on high-thread-count sheets and comforters.”
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Indeed, it is a royal treatment worthy of a species whose relatives rule the animal kingdom. Two siblings can share the penthouse suite for $85, or a single cat can enjoy the Aspen suite for $40 per night. A decked-out playroom is outfitted with the latest interactive toys and a giant treadmill for athletic cats. Plus, cat parents can check in on their pets via a KittyCam app on their phone.
“Who doesn’t want photos and videos of their cats when they’re on vacation?” Thomas says.
Like Canyon Ranch, Cat’s Meow offers day treatments as well in its spa grooming suite. “Cats are very narcissistic creatures — they’re wired to enjoy feeling clean,” Thomas says. And although many cat owners don’t think cats require grooming, she says it is essential, especially for breeds with soft cotton coats prone to matting, such as Persians, Himalyans and Maine coons.
Cats are good at self-grooming, but it can be hard to keep up, Thomas says, especially for overweight cats or those with medical issues who can’t reach certain areas. Thomas says owners are always impressed by the before-and-after effect when cats are given a bath and blown out with a special hair dryer to reduce fur and allergens. “They’ll say, ‘My cat was strutting around today,’ ” she laughs, adding, “And the cat feels generally better and happier — they’re hooked.”
For both boarding and grooming, Thomas says that Cat’s Meow’s feline-specific model is what gives them a leg (or four) up on the competition. “Because we are cat experts, we know how to calm cats down and give them their space,” she says. “Dogs love attention and people in their space — that’s what cats dislike. They want everything on their own terms.”
Cat’s Meow Resort
300 Country Club Road, Avon