We love seeing cat cafés, but what about a luxury cat hotel? Cat rescuer Brenda Wang opened The Luxe Meownor in Singapore, and it’s everything cat lovers or cats could dream about. Designed with inspiration from an old English manor, cats who stay here are called “MeowLords” and “MeowLadies.”
Wonderfully, the hotel helps rescued kitties, and in purrticular, senior cats who often have a hard time finding homes, despite making amazing companions. At all times, one room in the hotel is reserved for rescue cats free of charge, while rescuers can also stay for a 50% discount.
“MeowLord Autumn, along with his brother MeowLord Winter having a staycation with us. They were both our rescued cats then and we’re so happy to see them again, especially now looking so beautiful 🤍🤍”
Here, cat guests get two wet-food meals daily, an all-you-can-eat dry food buffet, and water changed twice daily. Of course, litter is changed, and if the cat approves, they can enjoy grooming or “guest maintenance” by the experienced cat-loving staff.
“MeowLord Woody trying to be the meowdel of our in-house designed cat furniture 🤍”
A Luxury Boutique Cat Hotel
When you hear the words, cat hotel, do you envision a luxury boutique with classy custom cat furniture? Here, furnishings are designed so playful climbers can enjoy their stay and cats with mobility issues.
You might not think the cats would have their own tasteful furnished “bed chambers” from 25 sq ft to 35 sq ft in size. When cats stay here, there are 13 rooms with ample space so each guest can move around comfortably. Thus, cats don’t feel trapped and feel more secure, like cats in a cat café environment.
Also, there’s a limit on guests, so only three cats maximum in the larger room and two for the smaller one. At any one time, 15 cats can stay at the Luxe Meownor. It’s very exclusive you know.
At this cat hotel, the cats have access to a custom-made bathtub just in case. Also, cats can enjoy a Cat Solarium with natural sunlight.
“One of our private suites, MBC1. Specially designed for the nature of this room and comes with cat solarium, for cats who love the sun 🤍”
If they like, cats here can enjoy a massage with organic coconut oil. So, it really is a full-blown cat spa.
“This is bed chamber VBC2. It’s for cats who love tunnel and tree climbing. Yes that’s a real tree trunk 🤍”
The Lap of Luxury
For cat lovers going on vacation, this hotel allows them to enjoy their time knowing their cats are in the lap of luxury. However, it’s not much more expensive than other boarding facilities. According to a cost analysis by CNA Lifestyle, typical cat boarding costs in Singapore start at S$30 for a tiny “cabin.” Meanwhile, at the poshest of cat hotels, the cost starts at S$48 per cat per night.
“Just because we are a luxury hotel doesn’t mean we need to be expensive,” Wang explained. “I want our hotel to be affordable, but not too cheap as we still need to pay our staff and overhead costs. If we can make do with our earnings and provide a good option for cat owners, why not?”
Greeting guests, cat ambassador EnEn helps guests feel right at home.
“We’re proud to announce that EnEn is now our cat ambassador 🤍 (more like she’s gg to be our boss🙈)”
A Cat Hotel Visionary
Brenda Wang is an experienced interior designer who designs the most elegant cat furniture. However, she also holds a diploma in feline psychology and is an experienced cat rehabilitator.
Her motto: “Behind every happy and healthy cat, there’s a great carer.”
Besides offering an optimal experience for cats on “staycation” at the hotel, she also provides cat care classes on weekends.
“The aim of the cat care class is to arm attendees with basic knowledge on cats, such as the type of food to feed them, how to train them to use a litter pan, how to cat proof their house, and how to detect emergency situations that require a visit to the vet,” she tells CNA Lifestyle.
For emergencies at the hotel, a vet is on call, and pawrents get daily video updates.
“Part of our cat caring program here also entails rehabilitation ~ we’re very glad that Suki, one of the feral kittens is now embracing our hugs 🤍”
The Pandemic Led to Realizing a Dream
After the pandemic, interior design work subsided, allowing Wang to turn her attention to rescuing cats. However, she soon discovered that boarding cats wasn’t allowed when she took cats into her interior design office.
Then, with encouragement from a private Facebook group, Cats & Kittens of Singapore, she leased a shophouse on Jalan Besar to make the cat hotel a reality. The idea arrived years ago when she looked for a place to board her cats, Ham and Cheese, finding the options undesirable. None provided rooms, and they all boarded dogs.
“Confining cats in small cabins for days can make them feel very trapped,” Wang said. “Boarding them in rooms will make them feel more comfortable and they can socialise with their carers faster.”
Business is ‘Piping Hot’
Since opening in February, Wang says business is already “piping hot.” Some people book a place for their cats while recovering from COVID-19. Others come while they travel or go on vacation.
“Felix & Mickey are here for a staycation as their family has been affected by Covid. STAY SAFE EVERYONE! And hope Mickey & Felix’s owner, Tiff and family get well soon so that they can all be reunited 🤍”
Helping Cats Overcome Behavioral Issues
Frequently, Wang and her friends help cats with behavioral issues. In one case, a stay at the Luxe Meownor helped a previously feral cat come around to enjoy human company.
“In fact, when the owner sent him here, she was covered with scars,” Wang recalled. “We don’t just observe the cats, we observe the owners, too. As much as I can, I try to guide owners on how to interact with their cats.”
In one room called the Chambermaids Hall, the space is designed more for people, so staff, volunteers, and others can get to know each other as well as the cats.
What a great concept, transforming the experience of boarding cats! We wish The Luxe Meownor much success and happiness.
To learn more, you can follow the Luxe Meownor on Instagram.
Wonderfully, the rescued cats have their own dedicated “commewnity” on Instagram too.
“Mickey & Felix finally after being apart from their family for a week due to Covid reunited with their owners today 🤍🤍”