Cat hotel opens in Clarence Valley

AFTER two years in the making, Angela Nielson can finally welcome cats of the Clarence to her new cattery.

Named Sabai after a Thai word meaning contentment, comfort and peace, the cattery has been the vision of this cat-lover for as long as she can remember.

Having been involved in showing and breeding for many years, Ms Nielson said it had always been her dream to open a cattery.

“I moved here and started a nursing course but I knew that this is really what I wanted to do,” she said.

Ms Nielson's application to build her cattery made headlines back in June when a Ballina-based law firm appealed to the Clarence Valley Council to refuse the development on the grounds of noise, odour, threat to wildlife and the devaluation of a neighbouring property.

But the plans went ahead and the result is a facility set on five acres on James Creek Road.

Each of the 20 well-ventilated rooms has a window with a ledge where puss can bask in the midday sun, and the finishing touches are now being put on the outdoor area and the water feature.

There are pillows, scratching poles, toys and a solid block wall between each room for the ultimate in privacy and comfort.

At just $12 a night, it's the perfect holiday destination.

The sole 'cats only' boarding facility between Tweed Heads and Coffs Harbour, the Sabai cattery has the capacity to house 20 cats in what Ms Neilson describes as 'five star' accommodation.

This Saturday from noon to 2pm, the Maclean Lions Club will be cooking up a storm at Sabai's official public opening at 304 James Creek Road, off the Pacific Highway past Townsend.



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