Pets get flat-screen TV at new five-star luxury cattery in Gainsborough
Pampered pet pussycats are living in five-star luxury with an "a la cat" menu, flat-screen TV showing classic Tom and Jerry cartoons and an aquarium with fake jellyfish at a cattery near Gainsborough.
The Mew Hefner and Miss Kitty suites at the Lea Wood Cattery are the latest additions to the £55,000 ultimate home-from-home for fortunate felines.
Proprietors Liz and Ian Burman already have paying guests in the select £8.50-a-night accommodation – which also includes bespoke furniture including 1960s retro bubble chairs and a comprehensive DVD and CD collection.
Officially launched at an open day last weekend, the new facilities are part of the developing enterprise run by former administrator Mrs Burman, her 43-year-old husband Ian and their three daughters.
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Stalls, games and competitions at the event have already raised more than £300 to be shared between two animal charities.
Mrs Burman, 46, said: "I was a dog person until I got my first cat more than 20 years ago.
"Now we care for other people's pets and the suites for discerning felines have come about because I've been thinking of how I'd like my cats to be cared for if I left them at a cattery.
"They really love the TV and the aquarium – although a lot of people might think I'm crackers.
"But it's very serious because we have clients as far afield as London who want to place their pets in a special environment.
"We even go into people's houses in the Gainsborough area and do very short cat- sitting sessions if customers don't want to leave their felines in unfamiliar surroundings."
Husband Ian, who still works full-time for the NHS, explained how the business developed.
"We bought the farmhouse because of equestrian interests, but our girls lost interest in horses," he said,
"So, with eight acres of land to utilise, we decided to follow up the interest in cats.
"And now we're a boarding cattery with 15 chalets licensed to take up to 43 animals."
Cat owner Christine Holt, from Morton near Gainsborough, thinks the new luxury suites will be very popular with owners.
"My two pedigree Birmans are 18-year-old Barney and Sasha, who is 16, and until I met Liz I was reluctant to even go on holiday," she said.
"But they've just spent the weekend at Lea Wood because she's so dedicated.
"I'm not in the least surprised that she's opened the luxury suites and she'll get loads of takers because people are passionate about our pets."