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We just love cats!

Whiskers and Paws is a purpose-built boutique cattery in sunny Hawkes Bay.

Our facilities are warm, comfortable and hygienic. The building is built to residential building standards and is positioned for all day sun, fully insulated, double glazed, with HRV system and ceiling heat panels to ensure adequate airflow and warmth during the colder months. The entire facility is safe and secure with CCTV cameras and fire/intruder alarm.


We offer a range of accommodation options to ensure every cat can be comfortable during their stay.

We have 5 luxury suites with private outdoor patios and webcam access, 10 self contained full height studios, and 3 semi-communal rooms offering comfortable guest pod accommodation.

We can provide specialised care for kittens, the older cat, and cats with special health needs.

Each luxury suite and all semi-communal rooms have indoor/outdoor areas, along with climbing frames, toys, and music throughout the day, with sunny shelves to watch the rural aspect with many birds, chooks, and the occasional bunny to add interest. The studios have fresh air through a screen with pull down blind and access to the main play room for extra exercise.


It is our passion to ensure that your cat's home away from home is peaceful, comfortable and enjoyable.

Inspections are welcome by appointment.


We are a member of the IBPSA-International Boarding & Pet Services Association- the cat resort meets high standards of hygiene, design and exercise areas.

All our staff members are vet nurse students or qualified vet nurses.


Love is what it's all about!

Whiskers and Paws is owned and run by Carole Malone and Kim Shannon.

Carole has a background in nursing and midwifery, SPCA volunteer work and has been a cat lover all her life.

Kim has a rural/farming/real estate background and has always enjoyed having pets.


Carole & Kim are owned by two cats-Smokey and Bandit (brothers) who arrived at 3 weeks of age when Carole was fostering kittens for the local SPCA. Needless to say they purred their way into our lives and never left!

We live onsite and manage the cat resort and apple orchard. Carole has the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) Level 3 and holds a current Pet First Aid Certificate.

Nikita Gordon is our full time qualified Vet Nurse and Cat Resort Manager. Nikita oversees the day to day care for all of our guests, and is passionate about providing quality care to all residents, especially those with special needs such as kittens, senior cats and those needing weight loss management.

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