Images courtesy of Boretta Lim and Erin Weiman
Spa and grooming providers, personal air-conditioned rooms, and a “chauffeur service” for cats are among the many luxurious choices at Pounce Hawaii – Honolulu’s five-star cat resort and cat adoption lounge.
Manned by Boretta Lim and Erin Weiman, the 31 bed room cattery in Kakaʻako guarantees to pamper your cat when you’re away.
Cats can keep in considered one of three room classes, together with a presidential suite – the resort’s most luxurious providing. The presidential suite can match as much as 4 grownup cats and comes with a private filtered water fountain, a crystal meals bowl on a silver platter, and a dust-free and chemical-free toilet. The 50-foot sq. room has 6 massive platforms and privateness cubbies. It consists of dwell beta fish and parakeets for psychological stimulation, laser toys, themed VIP toys, a complimentary nail trim, and a day by day picture replace.
The opposite rooms, which might accommodate between two and three cats, have 8-foot privateness partitions. Complimentary day by day providers embody pristine suite tidying, two meal servings, clear water, a 75-minute train session, and a litter field that’s crammed with all-natural and long-lasting pine litter. Classical, jazz, piano, and spa music are performed within the background all through the day and night.
“Boretta has a really eager eye for inside design and colours, as she is an artist herself. We wished a clear design that captures lighting nicely, together with making the rooms as cozy as potential,” Erin says. “We researched the perfect colours and designs that may be positioned on our partitions and strategically deliberate all of them out.”
Cat Spa & Grooming Providers
Cats can even take pleasure in a variety of grooming choices, together with blowouts and bubble baths. “We add a particular enjoyable cleaning soap to heat water with numerous selections of feline-friendly aromas,” she says. Baths for brief and long-haired cats embody a comb by, face and ear cleansing, a nail trim. Additional grooming providers embody hair cuts, sani trims, de-matting, de-shedding, and tooth brushing.
“We’ve at all times supplied choose spa providers since we opened. We knew house owners would wish to pamper their kitties throughout their trip, simply as us people prefer to deal with ourselves throughout our personal holidays,” Erin says. “It was through the pandemic when Boretta obtained her groomer’s certification and coaching to carry out additional cat spa providers. We additionally provide walk-in grooming to purchasers, along with our resort friends.”
Cat Adoption Lounge
Pounce Hawaii additionally has a cage-free cat adoption lounge. “Due to the 2020 shutdown, we doubtfully started planning our enterprise exit technique, beneath the impression we needed to shut. Concurrently, we had many vacant rooms in our resort, so we reached out to the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) to see in the event that they wanted assist,” Erin says.
Originally of kitten season, the HHS introduced over a number of grownup cats that wanted assist discovering houses. Erin and Boretta created biographies on their web site to entice locals to make appointments to go to the cats. And so they had been capable of finding all of them houses. Due to this success, they created the cat lounge, the place you possibly can spend 75 minutes with adoptable cats for $20.
Pounce Hawaii additionally has a $100 month-to-month cat lounge membership. They supply free WiFi to your pc work and a complimentary beverage. In addition they provide cat treats and luggage of Munchiecat catnip that can be utilized whereas visiting the cat lounge.
They seek the advice of and supply steerage to every household that’s contemplating adopting a brand new. “This was the focal pivot of maintaining our enterprise afloat through the coronavirus pandemic. And we’ve since discovered houses for over 700 cats in Honolulu,” Erin says.
“Pounce Hawaii’s most inspiring adoption story needs to be of a kitten we had been fostering who was born with an eye fixed dysfunction,” Erin says. Though Stefan had two totally different coloured eyes and a everlasting wink, he’s nonetheless capable of dwell a cheerful and wholesome life. Whereas it normally takes no time for a kitten to get adopted, Stefan was at Pounce Hawaii for a few months till he discovered his without end dwelling. “The inspiring piece to this story is that the one that adopted him noticed previous his appears to be like and fell in love together with his superb and candy character,” she says. “This story is an instance that every one kittens, it doesn’t matter what they appear to be, are deserving of a caring and loving dwelling.”
Cat Adoption Charges
Listed here are Pounce Hawaii’s adoption charges (as of October 2021):
- $100 per adopted kitten (0-6 months)
- $50 per adopted kitten and/or grownup cat (7 months-5 years)
- $25 per adopted senior cat (6+ years)
- FREE for seniors (55+ years) who undertake a senior cat (6+ years)
The Challenges of Operating a Cat Resort
“The challenges of proudly owning a cat resort are studying as we go and at all times altering how we “stream”, simply as a river has to make changes in its path. By far essentially the most tough facet was surviving by a worldwide pandemic. We significantly contemplated closing down our model new enterprise inside 6 months after opening up,” Erin says. “In February 2020, 90% of our reservations and revenue crashed. The brand new Delta Variant has additionally hit us extraordinarily onerous… We encourage individuals to help us by supporting their cats.”
Pounce Hawaii accepts financial donations or unopened and unused home goods. You can order objects off Pounce Hawaii’s Amazon wishlist to be delivered to their cat lounge. It’s also possible to purchase Pounce Hawaii tee shirts and tank tops, cat toys, catnip, cat litter, and present playing cards at their on-line store. “Right here, you’ll discover many provides which can be from women-owned companies, native companies, and necessities for all cats and people alike,” Erin says.
“Largely, spreading the phrase and bringing over new people who love cats like us, are really the perfect methods to help us throughout these unprecedented occasions. We’re such cat-people and people-people… seeing acquainted faces brings essentially the most pleasure to our hearts!”