DR HAMISH BATHGATE BVSC GCM (VP)

Cat Fancier/Veterinarian

Hamish grew up in Sydney’s east and spent school holidays on a farm in rural NSW. It was here that Hamish discovered the joy of being around animals and made the decision to study to be a vet, graduating from Sydney University in 1992. Hamish has been the co-owner of Hotel for Cats since 2008 and makes sure all guests are healthy and happy during their stay. He is a self-confessed cat fancier and is pictured here with one of the loves of his life, Clancy. Hamish is married to Holly and they have three darling daughters, two adored dogs, one very spoilt cat and 10 cherished chickens. Hamish loves spending time with his children and having the odd round of golf. He is a mad supporter of the Wallabies and Waratahs.

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ALLY PIPER

Concierge Agent

With her father being a farmer and her profession taking her around the world, Ally’s experience working with animals stretches from country NSW to the streets of London. Being driven by a desire to be around animals from the age of two, Ally started as a general hand in an emergency hospital while studying nursing. She worked her way up to become the practice manager. With this experience, she secured a two year contract with the BBC, appearing on the show Animal Hospital where she cared for many gorgeous felines. Ally has been loving our guests at Hotel for Cats since 2013. She is married with two adorable children and has a gorgeous rescue pusscat Peppa. She loves caravanning, cooking, working out and creating living art with succulents.

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HOLLY BATHGATE

Founder

Holly absolutely loves being around cats as they give her a sense of contentment and happiness. She has “owned” cats her entire life and in 2008 decided to take the plunge and design the finest cat hotel where clients could go on holiday knowing their pussycats were soothed and loved in accommodations that were second-to-none. Holly wanted to open the hotel right next door to the vet to give clients peace of mind. Holly is very proud of her team of hotel staff and their hard work and commitment to our feline guests and their human servants. Holly loves reading, tennis and spending time with her three daughters.

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ALANA JOHNSON

Reservations Ambassador

Born and raised in the Shire, Alana was always happiest when surrounded by pets. She knew she would end up working with animals as she has an inherent drive to care for all creatures, great and small. After completing her HSC, Alana went straight into Animal Studies at TAFE, then completed her veterinary nursing qualification while working at Hotel for Cats. Alana enjoys making sure every reservation is purr-fect and loves sneaking a cuddle with our guests. Alana loves her gorgeous rescue cat Tarzan and enjoys reading, travel and spending time with her fiancé.

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CHLOE DAVIES

Head Butler

From a young age, Chloe’s parents noticed her aspiration to help animals and their owners. Her devotion to her own pets was beyond compare, so when she left high school after her HSC, her family wasn’t surprised when Chloe knew exactly what she wanted to do and enrolled in TAFE to study veterinary nursing. To complement her studies, in 2015 Chloe sought out a position at Hotel for Cats. Chloe is now a qualified nurse and enjoys all aspects of her role, particularly making sure every guest receives five star room service and love. Chloe is mum to two horses but never gives up on the dream of one day owning her very own cat.

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KEITH BYERS

Night Manager

Our resident American Keith lives onsite and looks after our precious guests after hours. Keith originally joined the US military to help pay for his college fees and seven years later, completed two Masters degrees in Forensic Science and Pharmacology/Toxicology. When he wasn’t studying, Keith volunteered at animal hospitals around the world as a veterinary assistant. Recently, he left the military and his home country to study vet science at Sydney Uni and we are thrilled to have him caring for our guests after hours. Keith plays the guitar and and likes going to the movies.

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