Parisians who want someone to watch their prized felines during the day or while they head out of town have a brand new option in the City of Light.
The metropolis’s first-ever cat hotel ‘Aristide’ is now taking reservations at up to €65 per night for its 20 rooms.
Each of the four square-metre rooms come “enriched with loft beds and platforms on which they can jump, climb, play and scratch and [they] can take long siestas on soft pillows,” according to the hotel manager Gauthier Berdeaux, a 32-year-old former communications officer.
Cats will even be able to select their favourite meaty treat from a special à la carte menu. The felines will have a several hours of supervised playtime each day in small groups of two or three in a special "games room" measuring 20 metres-squared.
Watch this video courtesy of Parisian News TV is a looks inside the high-end home for the capital’s pampered pets.
The hotel, which is believed to be the first of its kind in France, will be located in Paris’ north-western 9th arrondissement.
Explaining his decision to open the hotel, that has been financed through crowd-funding, Gauthier told Le Figaro: “Because I couldn’t find a solution for a perfect place to keep my cat – out of good friends, my parents, the local grandmother, a host family or animal home – I came up with the idea of opening a hotel for the domestic animals.”
Back in September, The Local reported on the opening of France’s first cat café in the trendy Marais district of Paris where customers can stroke a cat while enjoying a coffee.
Prior to opening, the café sparked the wrath of animal rights campaigners who expressed concern that clients would turn the furry felines into no more than “teddy bears”. Whilst one veterinarian praised the stress-relieving benefits of spending quality time with cats, likening them to “medication without side effects”.