Meant to rectify what owners considered a "gap in the market," the first-ever luxury cat hotel has opened its doors in the UK. The Meadow Cat Hotel in Cornwall took 18 months to complete, but after painstakingly building up the establishment from scratch, owner Gemma Machin, a former primary school teacher, is now welcoming guests to her "five-paw" resort.
"I think if the owners are going on holiday their cats should get a treat as well," Machin said, according to the Western Morning News. "In lots of catteries cats are just put in a cage, but we can drive the cats to and from the hotel, offer them lots of stimulation to keep them active during their stay, give them large rooms and lots of attention."
Machin's hotel features under-floor heating, custom wrought-iron beds outfitted with memory foam mattresses and crushed velvet sheets and a gourmet daily menu that includes fresh king prawn and salmon filet -- all at a fairly reasonable price. And, in addition to daily pet-pampering sessions (which include a lot of catnip), Meadow Cat also has amenities for cat-owners: each room in the hotel contains a webcam that tracks cats during their stay, which owners can access online.