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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

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Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure.

With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.”

Martin’s vision was also motivated by the misleading belief that cats are self-sufficient creatures. “Many people think cats are happy with just a bowl of food, some water, and a litter box, but research says otherwise,” says Martin. A recent study conducted by scientists from Oregon State University reveals that cats are more like their canine counterparts than not, the majority preferring social interaction to food.

Fashioned after luxury hotels and resorts, Club Cat’s unique accommodations are a departure from conventional boarding options for cats. Designed especially for felines, who are vertically inclined creatures, the suites are eight-feet tall and at least three and a half feet wide with enclosed balconies.

Martin, a freelance writer, combined her passion for literature and cats to create an upscale and spacious yet cozy and inviting feel. Suite names are “cat-punned” after some of her favorite novels – The Great Catsby (after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby) and Romeow and Juliet (after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) to name a few.

In addition to modern trompe l’oeil and whimsical cat portraiture décor, cat suites will be shared only by cats from the same family. “Stress can substantially weaken a cat’s immune system,” says Kelly Doria, DVM at All Paws House Calls, who has been advising Martin from the start. “Creating a safe, secure, environmentally stimulating area at Club Cat will help to keep cats calm and minimize their stress when their owner is away.”

Club Cat Suites

Entertainment includes:

CatFlix – Feline-friendly programs
CatCasts – Live webcasts for cat owners who want to check in on their kitty cats 24/7
CatChats – For cat owners who want to have live “cat-versations” with their kitty
Special amenities include:

Fur therapy
Derrière trims
Calming therapy
Nightly paw-down service
For more information, visit or connect with Club Cat on Facebook and Instagram at @clubcatusa.

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