Posh hotel for cats gives feline guests spa treatments and caviar

Cat parents, we’ve found another way for you to spend all your money on your furry pal.

Lawlor Cat Hotel is a cattery that’s far fancier than the usual, providing cats with a five-star stay and luxurious treats.

It’s located in the heart of the Essex countryside, to give kitties a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, and is made up of two houses – the Coach House and the Lodge – with 23 suites for feline guests.

Each suite has all the posh bits your cat would demand. There are floor-to-ceiling windows so they can watch the world go by, a sofa, a bunk bed, a litter tray, and flowers in plastic milk bottles for decoration.

Food-wise, the options are far more exciting than standard kibble.

For £3 a dish, owners can order their cats smoked salmon, Dublin Bay king prawn, or cream cheese and caviar canapes at the fish bar, or they can take their pick from delicious meals prepared in the restaurant, including griddles seabass, sauteed tiger prawns, and bacon-wrapped monkfish.

If your cat is really fancy, they can even tuck into a portion of beluga caviar for around £3.50 per gram – or £160 for 50g.

Once your cat is done lounging around and eating food far better than what you’re eating at home, they can head along to the hotel spa, where de-matting and grooming costs £45, a lion cut costs £85, or a Brazilian hygiene clip is £65.

Owners with separation anxiety can also pay £5 a day to check in with their cat while they’re away, thanks to CCTV installed in every suite.

The luxurious hotel is the creation of Jane Lawlor, 48, who, along with manager Kim Wooding, cleans each suite in the morning and checksw the rooms around lunchtime, then spending a minimum of 10 minutes with each cat guest to ‘make sure they’re happy and cared for’.

Jane first bought a house in Brentwood, Essex, and converted the outhouse on the plot into the Coach House, with eight suites.

She then had a second, larger cattery built next to the original; The Lodge, containing 15 suites.

Jane, who owns two cats, two dogs, and two horses, said the cattery ‘started as a get-away for local cats, but now attracts cat owners within a 30 mile radius’.

She added that Lawlor Cat Hotel even hires a ‘limo service’ – a Mercedes Saloon – to chauffeur city cats out to the countryside.

Suites costs between £20 and £25 per day, with a minimum three-day stay.

Jane said: ‘I worked in banking for a time, and qualified as an accountant too.

‘But I left that when I was 30 and went on to set up Lawlor Cat Hotel three years ago, which has been a dream come true.

‘I am truly blessed to work with such fantastic animals.’

Kim said they’ve been at maximum capacity in August, Christmas, and Easter, with a 12 person plus waiting list already for this year and next at those times.

She said: ‘People who love their cats love to come to this cattery because word has gotten out that we provide a luxury service.

‘Catteries tend to be outdoor cages at the back of someone’s garden.

‘I wouldn’t ever put my cat in an outdoor cage, so why should anyone else?’

‘We strive to be a home from home for these wonderful pets – a ‘home comforts’ place.’

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