Retirement Home for Cats

I woke up this morning to the realization that it was a Monday.

To some it offers the opportunity of a fresh start, of a week full of accomplishments ahead. To me, it’s the dreary realization of another tough work week.

That’s right, I have the daily grind of napping, pooing, walking, napping, eating, pooing and peeing ahead of me for the next five days. Hopefully a vet visit isn’t in the cards. It ain’t easy being me, especially at my advanced age.

What I need is some pampering, the kind I get from the old man on the weekends. We sleep late in the morning, we nap together on the guest bed in the afternoons and we snore the evening away on the couch after sharing a dinner of chicken nuggets…with bbq sauce. It’s paradise, I tell ya.

If only I could do this all the time.

Turns out, cats can already do this! The Daily Telegraph has the story of some very privileged kitties.

HOMELEIGH retirement village is a perfect place to spend the twilight years, with staff to clean and cook, a garden and immaculate quarters.

But forget about signing up – unless you are a cat.

Inside a fully functional house next to Keysborough Animal Shelter in outer Melbourne, the only residents are eight aged felines.

A shelter staff member visits every morning and night to feed the moggies and human visitors pop in to spend a few hours.

Elizabeth Johns, one of the directors of the village, said the cats never fought and would roam the house and garden at will.

Ms Johns, who visits twice a week, said owners can rest easy knowing their pets will be cared for. That’s the case even if an owner dies or is incapacitated.

“You can’t often rehome a cat, especially an older cat, and people want peace of mind,” she said.

To become a resident, cats must be at least eight years old and owners must donate $6000 to cover expenses for the cat’s life.

Hmmm…I wonder whether the age requirement is for the first life or the ninth?


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