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Founder and crazy cat lady

The cats at Cat Napping owe it all to Ebony. She created her luxury cat hotels to combine her two passions, travel and animals.

Ebony’s qualifications also reflect her life’s loves – she has an Advanced Diploma in Tourism Management and has worked as an international travel consultant. She has also completed Introduction to Vet Nursing at Gordon Institute TAFE, Feline Management with the Australian School of Pet Care and a Certificate III in Animal Studies at the University of Victoria.

Ebony currently shares her home with her cat Bucket but she has room in her heart for every cat!

Feel free to contact Ebony with any suggestions, complaints or compliments (or for a free tummy rub… if you’re a kitty of course!) at


Feline Fun Officer

Lesley has had animals as a major part of her life since forever. With 3 cats of her own now (and 3 friendly Chihuahuas!) she has taken a leap of faith and embarked on a total career change.

After 25 years of teaching teenagers she has joined the Cat Napping team. Joining the team has meant her true passion for animals can now shine. Lesley loves the variety of cats that stay, making sure there’s time for play and fun.

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Cat Concierge

Growing up, Melissa always had a combination of cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and fish as pets in her family.

Melissa worked as a personal assistant before moving into animal studies – a big change but she definitely loves her new career. Her current study focus is feline behaviour and the psychology behind it.

At Cat Napping, Melissa takes great pleasure in taking care of her furry little case studies and learning about their differences.

For Melissa, chatting to human clients about their cat’s behaviours and quirky habits before they drop their cat off means that she is able to bring out each cat’s unique personality during their stay.


Feline Therapist

Alysia has always been passionate about animals, growing up around dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and even sheep! She currently has seven cats of her own as well as a Boxer, 2 birds and a fish.

It has always been a dream of Alysia’s to work with animals and she has studied a variety of courses, including ‘Cat Psychology & Training’ and ‘Companion Animal Services’.

Cat Napping is a dream job for Alysia. Every day is filled with meows, purrs and belly rubs and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Kitty Cuddler

Jodie spent 15 years working in finance and 12 years raising her children before finding her purrfect job. A lifelong lover of animals, Jodie has owned a menagerie of pets throughout the years and currently has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds and a snake!

Along with working at Cat Napping, Jodie fosters greyhounds and volunteers with Forever Friends Animal Rescue.

For Jodie, her work is more than a job. She spends extra time with the most shy cats, encouraging them to come out of their shell and enjoy their stay as much as possible.


Feline Fanatic

Ever since she was a little girl, Vanessa has always been fascinated with animals. She spent most of her childhood years growing up on a farm where she got to help care for many animals including: cows, goats, chickens, cats and dogs. She now shares her home with 2 dogs (Chihuahua and Doberman cross), 2 cats and a leopard gecko.

Vanessa has spent several years working as a veterinary assistant and kennel attendant caring for dogs, cats and horses. She enjoys traveling the world, seeing new places, meeting new friends and getting the opportunity to work with wildlife such as cheetahs, crocodiles and elephants. She is currently studying the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, to pursue her dream goal of becoming a veterinarian.

Cat napping is the perfect job for Vanessa because it allows her to spend her day caring for kitties and interacting with their owners. Being an international student from Canada, she understands how difficult it can be to leave your pets behind during vacation or study and is determined to provide the best care for clients until their loving owners return.

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Growing up, Kristen has always had a connection with animals, with her whole life revolving around her pets. She has owned everything from cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and fish and currently has two cats and a maltese terrier in her possession.

Currently studying Veterinary Nursing, Kristen hopes to one day open her own veterinary clinic and rescue organisation.

Working at Cat Napping has been the perfect introduction to Kristen’s career as she is particularly interested in feline behaviour. She enjoys learning how to interact with each different guest and getting to know their individual personalities.


Cat Charmer

Having grown up in country NSW, Doris has had a love affair with animals and nature for as long as she can remember.

Cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, chooks, fallow deer have all been a part of her life. If asked what her favourite animal is, without a moments’ hesitation, Doris would say, cats.

Over the years, Doris has worked in retail, hospitality, administration, but her heart has always belonged to animals. This love of animals led her to volunteer as a wildlife rescuer after the 2009 bushfires and at a wildlife shelter.

Currently a part time Safari Guide at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Doris shares her home with a beautiful tabby cat, who has been a resident at Cat Napping on quite a few occasions.

Doris loves working with the cats who stay at Cat Napping, and using techniques such as the TTouch Method and gentle music to help create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. She is also a staunch advocate for responsible cat ownership.

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Cat Lover

Melissa has always been passionate about animals and their welfare. After working in various industries she finally decided to follow her passion by completing Certificate II in Animal Studies. After doing placement at Cat Napping, they asked her to join their team.

Caring for and connecting with cats is rewarding and doesn’t feel like work for Melissa.

I understand that while every care will be given to my cat/s, they are boarded entirely at my own risk. I understand cats with pre-existing conditions can relapse while in a boarding cattery due to stress and dietary change. I give permission for Cat Napping to take my cat/s to their preferred Vet if mine is unavailable. Cat Napping Suburban Retreat reserves the right to surrender the cat/s to the local pound if not collected within 14 days of the stated departure date and if no communication from the owner is received, and efforts to contact the owners fail.