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Reilly – The Blind Cat

Driving Directions to Happy Cat Retreat From I-25 &120th Ave - North Denver

2014-02-26 23:55:19 admin

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About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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Denver Cat Boarding Rates

2014-02-22 20:34:57 admin

Our Cat Boarding Rates

 

Overview

While we aren’t located in Denver, Happy Cat Retreat is unique luxury cat boarding that many cat owners in the Denver area find attractive enough to make the 1 hour drive Fort Collins to board their cat with is.

One of the most asked questions we get is “How much does it cost to board my cat?”.Outside2_300x400

As you consider our pricing, we feel you should know the factors that guide us in the cat boarding price.

In today’s economy we have made every effort to make it affordable. We think if you look over Happy Cat Retreat’s website you will find you are getting a lot for your money. But, most importantly, your kitty will be pampered and well cared for. As stated, our mission statement is “We Treat Your Kitty As Family”.

Several features that set us apart from other cat boarding facilities are kitty condo size, separate window and separate enclosed outdoor area for each cat.

And not to be overlooked, is our customer service. We have owned several businesses and our philosophy is “you can build a business at the customers convenience and your inconvenience”. I know, sounds trite but it works for us.

We make every effort to accommodate the cat owner. We understand how important it is to get you kitty back as soon as possible. If you are arriving late and have a cell phone and can call us, we will make every attempt to accommodate your schedule for pick-ups and drop-offs. We encourage drop-offs and pick-ups to be between 7 AM and 7 PM if possible, 7 days a week. If these times don’t work, please call us and we will attempt to make other arrangements.

For example, a lot of our customers travel by airline. Usually, when you arrive at DIA, it takes about an hour and a half to get to Happy Cat. A lot of our customers live north of us and even in Cheyenne and Laramie. We like to get the cat back to their owner as soon as possible and like to work with you to accomplish this goal. Since everyone has a cell phone today, a simple call from DIA and we will try to accommodate your pick-up.

Our Pricing

Single Accommodations

The charge for one cat is $14 per day. After 14 days, the price is reduced to $12 per day. For accommodations longer than one month, contact us for a quote.

Family Accommodations

The charge for two cats sharing the same condo is $20 per day for the first 14 days. After 14 days, the rate changes to $16 per day. For stays longer than 1 month, contact us for a quote.

Some folks have more than 2 cats, i.e. 3 or 4. Call us and we will see if we can agree on a price that works for you. Long term boarding for multiple kitties is expensive and we are cognizant of that fact. We will do everything in our power to work out a plan that will fit your budget.

Day Care

Day care is available during regular business hours with drop-off and pick-up the same day. Ideal for the working pet owner or a special occasion. Day care charge is $10/day

We look forward to taking care of your kitty(s).

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Business Hours

Our normal business hours are:

Monday-Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM.
Sunday – By appointment
Other Times – By appointment

About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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Contact Us

2014-02-18 22:01:40 admin

We would be happy to consult with you concerning luxury cat boarding for your cats.  We know this is a important decision.  We want you comfortable with your decision.  Please feel free to call us or eMail us with your questions.  You can also see our article Facts To Consider When Boarding Your Cats . We highly encourage a visit before you board your kitty so you can see Happy Cat Retreat  and ensure you are comfortable with us.

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About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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Facts to Consider When Boarding Your Cats

2011-11-03 07:39:31 admin

Separation Anxiety

Pets may suffer emotional stress when their owners leave whether they’re left at home or placed in a boarding kennel.

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Any pet in strange surroundings may suffer from stress.
This means that his or her normal immune process is affected, as well as their eating and digestive habits. Happy Cat Retreat will do everything possible to minimize the
effects of stress on your cat. For this reason, it is a good procedure for you to allow your cat(s) to adjust to the kennel environment at their own rate.

Stress is a Factor

You, as the owner, can help minimize the effects of stress by trying to make the boarding experience as pleasant as possible for your cat. The more often your cat boards, the
more adjusted he or she will be to the kennel environment, and the easier the boarding process becomes. Therefore, several short periods of boarding prior to a lengthy
vacation will probably do more to help your cat adjust to boarding than anything else.

Please keep in mind that cats react much differently in a strange environment than do dogs. Cats are instinctively solitary animals. They do not run in packs as dogs do.
Therefore, when confronted with strange surroundings, a cat’s normal response is to withdraw physically and mentally into a protected state.

You Can Help

For this reason, cats enjoy the “protected” feeling they get from being caged while in the kennel. Your cat will probably want to sit in the corner of his condo and stare,
until he feels comfortable in the new environment. Human contact does not normally accelerate this period of acclimatizing. It has to take place at the cat’s own speed.
We encourage you to bring in a blanket with his smells on it as well as some of his favorite toys.

Happy Cat provides spacious indoor condos with solid laminate partitions between each condo for safety, privacy, and peace and quiet. Your cat can relax without feeling
challenged by his or her neighbors. Take the Fort Collins Happy Cat Video Tour to see true luxury for your kitty.

Our experience has been that most cats adjust very well in 2 days or less.  Usually the first day, they don’t eat very much, but after that they relax and start to enjoy
their stay.  We monitor their litter box to ensure that it is being used and that they are getting hydrated.

If your cat has special medication needs, we can accommodate most situations.

Feel free to Contact Us while you’re away and we’ll be happy to give you a progress report.

 

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About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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Our Location

2011-10-23 12:58:52 admin

Happy Cat Retreat has a large service area. While we are located on the south edge of Fort Collins, Colorado, we have customers that travel an hour or more because they like out service and facility. While we recognize that this is an inconvenience, the cats in our care feel it is worth it.

In Fort Collins, go south on South College to Trilby, then take Trilby west to the first light at Shields.  Proceed straight west through the light for .3 mi., Thompson Drive is the first dirt road on the right.  Turn right on Thompson and we are the second house on the right.  Drive down into the driveway and you will see our office. We feel that when you visit, you will feel you are getting luxury cat boarding at a reasonable rate.

We also try to accommodate you as far as pick-up and drop-off times. We know that with today’s airline schedules, that the pick-up times are up in the air. If you will call us from the airport, we will try to arrange a pick-up time so that you don’t have to make a special trip back to get your kitty. We know you are anxious to get your kitty back and while our service is great, the kitties still like to get back home too.

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About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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REILLY THE CAT

         “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats.” 

Reilly - A Special Cat

Reilly – A Special Cat

 

Reilly came to stay at our cat boarding facility on December 5th 2012 and is still residing with us until approximately January 26, 2013.  Katy, the owner, is traveling for both business and personal reasons.  She emails me frequently to see how he is adjusting.

Reilly is 12 years old and as the owner has said “Reilly is such a good spirited creature and in so many ways you never could tell he is blind.  I don’t think he knows he is!”

Katy tells me that Reilly was adopted from the Castle Rock Dumb Friends League when he was about two years old.  The vet said he was born blind.  Reilly did have a prior owner but Katy did not have any information about them.  At first Reilly was her dad’s cat but now she has taken over ownership for the last three years.

Reilly has his own window and he sits on his bed buddy and looks out the window as if he can really see what’s going on.  When he comes out for playtime, I watch him carefully but he just meows at me and says “get out of my way.  I know where I am going.”

Reilly is an amazing cat.

A few weeks ago my husband and I were dining at the Outback restaurant in Ft. Collins.  A gray haired, bearded gentlemen and his son came to our booth and asked if he could take our table when we were finished.  We were sitting in the bar section because of limited seating but it didn’t matter to us.  His name was Walt and he introduced us to his son Heath (like the candy bar he said) who had been blind since birth.  He was now in his early twenties.   Walt said he was in Vietnam and contracted Agent Orange which was passed onto his son who had been blind since birth.  Walt said he never got any money from the military.  Such a tragedy.

Yet when we began to share stories, we told him the story of the cat Reilly who was 12 years old and blind.    We explained we had a cat boarding facility and Reilly was fitting in just fine.  The story brought a smile to their face as Reilly has brought my husband and I many smiles to us during his stay.

Another lesson learned.

About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is a curator for Cat Lovers News. For the last 16 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time.


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