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Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming To Felines

Though such hotels have traditionally focused on pampering dogs, they increasingly view cats as more manageable guests. Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming To Felines (#GotBitcoin?)

Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming To Felines (#GotBitcoin?)

Rajah’s name means “king” in Arabic and when he checks into a hotel, he expects the royal treatment—from specially prepared meals to amenities like plush pinstripe pillows. While experienced travelers might view that level of luxury as yawningly routine, it’s not when you consider that Rajah is a two-year-old orange tabby cat.

Hotels marketed as “pet friendly” have primarily focused on dogs, offering different forms of canine coddling. More are discovering, however, that felines might make for more manageable guests. Unlike pups (or kids), they don’t have to be taken out, entertained or bribed with snacks, and even incessant meowing can be more tolerable than barking or crying.

“Cats are becoming more and more portable,” said Mark Hayes, general manager at Kimpton Aertson in Nashville, Tenn., which charges no additional fee to welcome any reasonable, house-trained pet, from potbellied pigs to goats.

Kimpton’s offerings for kitty guests start with basics: a litter box, food and water dishes, and toys. Beyond that, the hotel will track down anything your cat would like for dinner (for a fee), and do courtesy checks on your pet upon request. The concierge has amassed a list of activities to recommend, from visiting cat cafes to taking (leashed) strolls around the nearby campus of Vanderbilt University.

Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming To Felines (#GotBitcoin?)

Loews Hotels elevates mealtime with a cat room-service menu, which includes chef-prepared salmon pate for $12, at 21 of its properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. At Florida’s Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, cats can pursue wellness with health-conscious dinners like chicken, brown rice and vegetables (and order an in-room scratching post, to work out their aggressions). The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vt.—where a sweater-clad Rajah stayed with his owner, Jenny Hart, last fall—offers planters of cat grass, a catnip-like digestive aid.

Many pet-friendly hotels charge a nonrefundable deposit for felines, from $50-$100 per stay. For Ms. Hart, it’s a negligible price to pay to lodge with her familiar ally. “Being able to cuddle and sleep with Rajah at the end of the day while traveling,” she said, “is like having the best part of home with me.” Dogs vs. Cats: Why, Dogs vs. Cats: Why, Dogs vs. Cats: Why


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