The chat business. Home care or hotel pensions, tailor-made in Normandy

In ten years, the cat budget has exploded. Accessories, food, health and comfort … Welcome you all, for all tastes and for all scholarships. Episode 3, in the ouaté universe of a pension for discussions in Val-de-Reuil.

Shami takes advantage of the April sun to laze in the parking lot of the house of Célya and Ludovic Lecoq in Val-de-Reuil. The tomcat is in his twenties and has marked the couple’s life. Célya has been working in the medical field since the early 2000s when she started retiring for professional conversations. But no question of going too fast. She is seriously studying the project, measuring the feasibility. She will also be trained as a behaviorist a little later.

Our video report at the Chez Shami guesthouse

A hotel designed for discussions

In 2009, she met her future husband, Ludovic. At the same time, the latter discovers Shami, the cat who shares Célya’s daily life. The couple and the feline move into a beautiful house in Val-de-Reuil, in 2011. the cat hotel that already has a name: “Chez Shami”. Gradually, with the pace of administrative procedures and bonding techniques, the hotel takes shape. This is a building specifically built for the discussion shelter, away from home. Here, everything is spotlessly clean. The central hallway is coquettish, with its neat lighting. Each of the studios, these cat mini-apartments, is numbered, the glass doors are decorated.

The same attention to detail inside, the tomcats are entitled to hiding boxes, shelves for perching, a tree for climbing, a litter always clean and a scrap yard overlooking an individual garden, with grass as tall as the clerks like to chew. Detail that pleases especially the owners, each box is equipped with a camera allowing viewing, via a code, live the activity of the feline, whatever the time and whatever the place of the planet where the we are. A client who went to Japan for several months will no doubt have enjoyed this virtual connection with her cat, who was forced to stay in France for the duration of this business trip. The rates are adjustable depending on the duration, but the basis is 13 euros during the holidays and 15 euros during the summer.

The formula pleases

Célya and Loïc can legitimately be proud of their pension. The rest of the professionals first of all, and keep a certain rigor. The first contact with a customer is made by email or telephone. A discovery tour, without the cat, is then set. “We have all kinds of people, the affluent, the less affluent, the Parisians, the Normans… But they all love their animal and that’s the main thing,” Loïc explained.

Chez Shami also hosts les chatons que les seniors as well, as they are on the day of vaccinations, identified and sterilized. Célya also wants to get to know the animal better through an information sheet; food, sociability, health, character… Everything must be there. The formula is pleasing, to the point that a second building has been created, which allows the total to offer shelter and cover to 60 tomcat of all hairs in peak period. That’s enough to keep Shami and Marcel, the family’s second official cat, company.

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Pet sitting for cats who fear loneliness

Nina Gil started her pet sitting business at the end of 2021. For this 29-year-old from Rouen, this is not a quick choice. As a teenager, he was benevolent in animal welfare associations. She then graduated as a canine educator and started a micro-enterprise. Zooéthos offers dog housekeeping, chat and other pets. The idea is that the animal does not leave his house and the pet sitter comes to his house. These missions can be one-off or spread over long periods, the principle being that Nina comes at least once a day to change the litter, renew the water, give food and spend time with the animal. It costs 17 euros an hour (usually one hour a day). They also offer dog walks. «More discussions, it is almost 100% for animal stays. To each guard, send photos from chat by mms aux propriétaires », I need Nina.

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