About Us

At Cat Napping, everything we provide is specially chosen to ensure your fur kids receive five star treatment from the moment you say goodbye, and that you can do so with the confidence that you have left them in the best care available. From our luxury individual quarters, where each guest has their own warm, clean and private sleeping area – to our carefully selected team of qualified carers to ensure every kitty guest is receiving the attention they need.

Cat Napping Suburban Retreat was founded in 2011 by every cat’s best friend, Ebony, who has always had two loves in life – cats and travel. She knows all too well the heartbreak and concern travellers feel when they have to leave their fur kids in other’s care and this is what led to the creation of Cat Napping. “I wanted to ensure there was a place where people could leave their cats with the confidence that they were receiving all of the luxuries, care and attention of home”. Growing from one to three catteries around Melbourne, Ebony still owns and operates all three locations to ensure you are receiving the absolute best, personalised care that she set out to provide from day one.

Everything at Cat Napping has been carefully researched and selected to ensure your cat’s comfort, from the furnishings and food, down to our qualified team of carers. Basing our care on the expertise of top level animal handlers, we are a luxury five star hotel for cats.
And don’t worry – we haven’t forgotten about you! While your cat is relaxing and being pampered from head to paw, you’ll be able to stay in touch with regular updates and photos during their stay. The team at Cat Napping loves being able to share what the cats are getting up to while you’re away and we want you to be able to relax and know that your cats are receiving the best care while you focus on whatever it is that has taken you away from your loved ones.

Follow us to see what our guests get up to during their holidays with us!

MEET THE TEAM

Led by founder, Ebony, each member of our team of carers are especially selected for their passion for cats and animals, and their experience and familiarity with caring for them.

Ebony

Founder, Manager, and everything in between – can be found at all locations!

I set out to create luxury cat hotels to honour my two passions, travel and cats.
Because I loved to travel but hated to leave my cats behind, I wanted to create a cattery that would meet the needs of others like me. Firstly it had to be a safe, comfortable and fun home away from home for our fur-guests and, secondly, it needed to meet the needs of their humans and allow them to confidently leave their fur-kids in our care so they can focus on whatever it might be that has taken them away.

My qualifications and experience reflect my life’s loves – I have completed Introduction to Vet Nursing at Gordon Institute of TAFE, Feline Management with the Australian School of Pet Care and a Certificate III in Animal Studies at the University of Victoria. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Tourism Management to compliment my years working as an international travel consultant. 

I currently have two kitties at home, Bucket & Billy, who you can see starring in many photos and videos that we share. That leaves plenty of room for all our Cat Napping guests in my heart! I still own and work at all locations and still can’t wait to get to know and care for each one of our guests.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, complaints or compliments (or for a free tummy rub… if you’re a kitty of course!) at ebony@catnapping.com.au.

Trudy

Cat Care Professional, Tullamarine

I’ve always a had a big soft spot for animals, having pets all my life. After working in a few different fields, I never dreamt I would land a job working with animals until nine years ago when I started working at Melbourne University as a vet assistance in the canine blood bank. I haven’t looked back, knowing from then that I was always meant to pursue a career with animals. After six years it was time for a new adventure, one that would fit in well with my other job as a mum.

Cat Napping is the purr-fect place for me to work, giving me both time for my family and the joy of working with all of your beautiful cats, doing exactly what I love!

Emily

Cat Care Professional, Hoppers Crossing

When I was five years old I decided I wanted to be a cat! Once I realised that was not going to be possible I decided, with the help of watching a lot of Harry’s Practice, I decided instead that I wanted to help animals instead.

I’ve always been around lots of different animals and have cared for cats, dogs, mice and horses. Before working at Cat Napping I volunteered in Cat Adoptions at the Geelong Animal Welfare Society and my goal is to become a Veterinary Nurse. I’ve already completed me Certificate II in Animal Studies and am currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Every day at Cat Napping is a dream come true, getting to spend my time caring for your cuddly and curious cats!

Jodie

Cat Care Professional, Hoppers Crossing

I spent fifteen years working in finance and twelve years raising my children before finding my purr-fect job at Cat Napping. I’m a lifelong lover of animals and have owned a menagerie of pets throughout the years. I currently have three dogs, two cats, two birds and a snake! I also foster greyhounds and volunteer with Forever Friends Animal Rescue.

Being at Cat Napping is more than just a job to me. I like to spend extra time with our shyest cats, encouraging them to come out of their shell or enjoy some quiet attention to ensure they enjoy their stay as much as possible.

Sara

Cat Care Professional, Spotswood

I have always had a great love of animals, especially cats. I love their unique personalities, and I am happiest when surrounded by cats. After raising my children, I wanted to do a job that I love. Cat Napping is the perfect fit for me. I love getting to know every cat who comes to stay. I look forward to seeing the cats each day, talking to them and giving them all the love they would expect to find at home. I love being able to reassure owners that their cats are receiving the maximum level of care and love. 

Holly

Cat Care Professional, Hoppers Crossing

I’ve always had a love for animals of all shapes and sizes. Growing up, I had cats, dogs, horses, rabbits and guinea pigs – just to name a few! At home now I have three cats, two dogs, two yabbies, a rabbit and budgies.

Since I was young I dreamed of working with animals with ambitions to become a veterinarian, a zoo keeper or even a marine biologist at various times over the years. Fresh out of high school I stumbled across a job at Cat Napping and haven’t looked back. I love working here, looking after all the guests, and know it’s the perfect job for me!

Shakira

Cat Care Professional, Tullamarine

Ever since I was young I’ve had a love for animals and we always had a variety of different pets in our family home. I’m currently completing my Certificate III in Animal Studies and hope to one day become a veterinary nurse for a rescue organisation. I’d love to give back to the adoption agency that I received my beautiful tortoiseshell cat, Pepper from, or others like it.

Working at Cat Napping is an absolute dream come true for me. Meeting and looking all kinds of cats everyday doesn’t feel like work at all! My favourite part of the job is sending owners updates to assure them that their fur babies are in the best hands.

Melissa

Cat Care Professional, Tullamarine

I have always been passionate about animals and animal welfare. After working in various other industries I finally decided to pursue my true passion and completed my Certificate II in Animal Studies. While studying, I completed my work placement at Cat Napping and was thrilled when they asked me to join the team permanently.

Caring for and connecting with cats is so rewarding for me, and it doesn’t feel like work at all!

Nat

Cat Care Professional, Tullamarine

I’ve had feline companions my entire life and find them to be simply beautiful creatures who have a rare quality in giving and receiving attention. My passion for cats and raising three of my own has led me to pursue education and a career within animal studies.

Cat Napping is the ideal workplace for me as it allows me to interact daily with cats and their owners, giving them the reassurance they need that their fur babies are being left in a safe, clean, caring environment. I enjoy the many personalities that my kitty clients have and love caring for them, as well as being able to recount all of their antics to their owners. Providing outstanding care and service to the beautiful cats of the Cat Napping is my number one priority. If the cats are happy, so am I!

Louise

Cat Care Professional, Spotswood

I was born into a family of animal lovers so over the years we ended up owning everything from horses, dogs and birds, to rats and hermit crabs! Unfortunately, I was never allowed to get a cat due to allergies. During high school, instead of spending my time studying I was often out with riding along with my dad in an animal rescue night ambulance.

After spending fifteen years in retail management but never quite satisfied by serving the human kind, I jumped at the opportunity to work at Cat Napping. Though I need an antihistamine to get through the days, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Getting my daily dose of kitty cuddles from your fur babies gives great pleasure to the inner child who wasn’t allowed her own kitty.

Lesley​

 Cat Care Professional, Spotswood

Pets have been a major part of my life since… forever! After teaching teenagers for twenty-five years I decided to embark on a career change, wanting to work closely with animals. I was lucky enough to join the Cat Napping team where my love of animals can shine. I LOVE the variety of cats I get to care for here and always make sure there is lots of time for play and fun with each of them.

At home I have three cats of my own as well as three friendly chihuahuas, who try not to get to jealous about sharing me with all of our Cat Napping guests!