Portland Monthly Magazine
Portland Monthly Magazine
 
PAWSITIVELY PETS (PET GUIDE 2006) by Sylvan Goldberg
 
Rated
 
At Arnold Creek Cat Retreat, every overnight guest rates a private room to stretch out in ($18 per night; $9 per additional cat for a share), with a large window for taking in the sun, the rain and - most importantly - the birds. Owner Shirley Catterall (with a name like that, could she have started any other business?), a former veterinary technician with allegiances to five cats of her own, says the 10 rooms are often booked well in advance, particularly during the holidays. While at the retreat, cats enjoy pop music (Cat Stevens, Faster Pussycat) during the day, classical (Pussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakat) in the evening, individual lights in their rooms and plenty of attention.
 
Arnold Creek Cat Retreat
photo compliments of John Valls
 
Reprinted with permission of Portland Monthly, published January 2006