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About the Cat Pad

Let us love your cats during their stay with us.

The Cat Pad is the new boutique boarding facility operated by The Cat Clinic. Due to overwhelming demand for our previous boarding services, our new facility provides for a state-of-the art facility with luxury cat condo’s to accommodate many of our beloved Cat Clinic regulars.

The Cat Pad offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, plenty of natural light and dedicated loving and compassionate staff.  The staff are expertly trained and are happy to care for cats requiring medications (including diabetic cats).  Each condo provides individual living, sleeping and toileting quarters for your cat.  Adjoining condos can also be linked, should you have more than one cat staying with us.

We are proud to welcome you to inspect our facilities.

Our Cat Pad Team

All our staff are self confessed to be crazy about cats!  With genuine love and compassion, our staff are trained in all aspects of feline healthcare and take pride in catering to your cat’s every need, including cuddles and kisses as part of all cats stay with us.

You will be comforted to know that the team at the Cat Clinic, where feline veterinarians and nurses are just a stone’s throw away should your cat require any medical care during their stay with us. We share the Cat Clinic’s database and have access to your cat’s medical records and can keep thorough records of your cat’s health needs.

Jodie Chandler<br />
Cattery Manager</p>
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Jodie Chandler
Cattery Manager

Currently Studying Advanced Feline Behaviour

I have always had a connection with animals, when I was 5 our family dog (Betina) was about 14 years old and I wanted her to jump up on her kennel, despite warnings from my mum not to do that, Betina bit me on my top lip.I still have a tiny scar to this day, ever since then I have known I wanted to work with animals. I think what has drawn me to our feline friends is the mystery they hold. I love the sound of a purring cat. I just melt away

I love working at The Cat Pad & Cat Clinic – it is an awesome group of people and everyone is willing to help each other grow. We share the same passion for our feline friends, we are always learning new things about them and sharing our knowledge which is wonderful. My goal is to make our patients and boarding cats feel relaxed and safe. I like to earn their trust and make a potentially stressful situation a more pleasant experience for them.

Elexis is my little feline shadow, she is everything to me – I love falling asleep listening to her purring away. She is 10 years old in December ’18, I have had her since she was12 weeks old, She is a Domestic Short Hair. She loves to bake in the sun and sleep on my bed. She is fairly lively and keeps me on my toes.  In my spare time I love Dancing, going to see Musicals, Scrapbooking & Land-sailing. I also play World of Warcraft  and am a regular at  Supanova and Oz Comic Con.

Kaylee Thompson<br />
Cattery attendant</p>
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Kaylee Thompson
Cattery attendant

Cert II in Animal Studies, Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy, Diploma in Animal Grooming. In the process of completing Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma, Pet Care Business Diploma and Cognitive Behaviour therapy diploma.

After founding a small Pet sitting business in the Wyndham area, I finally realised that my true calling was working with animals, and while studying animal studies I did work experience in a cattery and just loved the feeling I got from looking after all the different cats I came into contact with. I chose to work with the Cat Doctor team because we all have similar values when it comes to working with animals, and everyone is happy to offer help and guidance if you need it.

Working at the Cat Pad, my Goal is to make every cat feel as comfortable as possible, by showing love, compassion and understanding by catering to all their different needs.

My Fluffy babies mean the world to me, they are always there for me and would do anything for them My husband and I have three Beautiful Fur babies, all of which are Ragdolls. Oreo is 2yrs, a Choc Bi Colour (has such a sweet nature), Freckles is 1yr 8months, a Choc Bi Colour with a unique head tilt and Socks the baby of the family is 1yr and 4months a Seal Mitted who thinks he’s a dog and does tricks like sit, beg and high five for food.

I am a member of CVI (Cats Victoria Inc) and I show my cats every month at the CVI shows.

Katya (Kat) Doig<br />
Cattery Attendant & junior vet nurse</p>
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Katya (Kat) Doig
Cattery Attendant & junior vet nurse

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience - Commenced Veterinary studies 2019

I’ve wanted to pursue veterinary science since I decided that animals are better than humans and abandoned the idea of doing medicine when I was 16. Since then I’ve been to university, taken a break from university, gotten this job, and gone back to university, all in the pursuit of eventually becoming a veterinarian. I wanted to gain more experience within the industry, and I really wanted to gain hands on work experience – so I pursued work as a cattery attendant and was lucky enough to gain significant experience in the clinic as a junior nurse as well. My experience has only made me more motivated to become a vet.

My fluffy family includes Murphy, an 18month old rambunctious, completely food-obsessed and rather large tabby boy, and Meggs (more commonly known as Ninj), a hyperactive adolescent ginger girl who we adopted in July. My cats are both extremely important to me – they offer unconditional love + comforting its simplest form and are always happy to see you.

Murph-pants (one of his many names) is a complete jerk at times and can be a pain, but he is affectionate, sooky, and a cuddle bug in the way that only tabby boys are. He gives great smooches and loves to take up literally most of my bed. He is my bubba and a huge part of my life. Meggy is a darling and a truly awesome kitten. She’s a bit more independent and not anywhere near as sooky as Murph, but is one of the most active kittens I’ve met and has anincredible purr and does like a good cuddle (when it suits her). She is a feisty little thing and would boss Murph around if she wasn’t half his size.

Caffeine runs through my veins. Once upon a time I could swim butterfly fairly quickly. I’m one of those weird people who really likes mathematics.

Tour & rates

one cat two cats, one suite requires medication requires insulin
Per night $36 $62 $40.50 $42
Public holiday surcharge $28 per day

Overnight boarding $45 single night stay

4 week+ discount – 5%


The Catpad stocks a range of diets, treat, toys and health supplies for your cat. We stock the same range as The Cat Clinic for your convenience and we can easily check your cat’s needs from their medical records.

Some of the brands we stock include:


We have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding a boarding stay with us.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us using the form below, send us an email or call us.

Does my cat need to be vaccinated?

By Victorian State law, all cats entering a boarding facility require a current yearly vaccination. Please remember to bring proof of your cat’s vaccination record. This is a requirement not only for the health of your cat, but for all of the cats staying in the facility. The Cat Pad can arrange for the veterinarians at The Cat Clinic to give your cat a thorough health check-up and vaccination prior to admission if your cat is overdue for their vaccinations

How many condos are there at The Cat Pad and how large is each one?

The Cat Pad has 28 condos available. Each condo provides separate living, sleeping and toileting quarters for your cat.  Each condo is approximately 1m high, 1m wide and 1m deep. Larger and interconnected condos are provided for extended stays and multiple cats.

How many cats can stay in one condo?

Up to two cats can stay in our larger condos for short stays. For longer stays, we have interconnected cages for them to share. All cats are otherwise housed individually to ensure health and happiness for your cat.

Are there strict drop off and Pick up times?

Drop off and pickups are strictly within business hours.  We are sorry but No exceptions can be made due to council stipulation. We would appreciate it if you could provide us with accurate drop off and pick up times to ensure we have everything ready for you and your cat.

The Cat Pad opening times are 9am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday & 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

what food will my cat be fed or should I bring my own cat's food?

At The Cat Pad, we provide a large range of brands, including  Science Diet & Whiskas Advance. We also keep an extensive range of Prescription diets from Hills, Royal Canin, as well as Science diet and Advance.  We certainly know cats can be fussy, so please feel free to bring any favourite treat or specialised diets for your cat and staff will cater for your cat’s dietary compliance.

Does my cat require flea treatment?

All cats require current flea prevention prior to admission into boarding.  Should evidence of fleas be found on your cat, The Cat Pad will apply a rapid knock down flea control at your cost.

Can I bring my cat's own bed & toys?

Soft & comfy beds and toys are provided to all cats during their stay.  However, we welcome you to bring any of your cat’s bedding or toys with them to remind them of you and of home.

Can you provide me with updates during my cat's stay?

If you would like updates throughout your cat’s stay, please arrange this with our staff on admission, where we can email or SMS you regular updates.  Should we have any concerns regarding your cat’s health during their stay with us, we will contact you immediately via the details on record.

Is my cat allowed to wander around the cattery?

Due to council regulations, cats are not permitted to remain outside their condos . We do however make up for this with ample cuddles, play time and environmental enrichment. This suits many cats, as they feel safe and secure in their condo. This not only provides peace of mind, but also very high levels of hygiene and disease control.

Is there parking at The Cat Pad?

There is on street parking both on Malvern Road and Miller street. Please observe parking regulations including clearways, street sweepers and time restrictions. There is no off street parking provided for The Cat Pad, but clients are permitted to use the off street parking provided at The Cat Clinic for drop offs and pickups.


Located so conveniently in the heart of Prahran at 456 Malvern road, just around the corner from The Cat Clinic.

There is no off street parking available at The Cat Pad.

There is parking on Malvern road and around the corner in Miller street.

Request a booking or contact us

Ready to book or have some questions to ask before you make your booking? Please get in touch with us using either of the forms provided or call us.

Address 456 Malvern Rd, Prahran, 3181

Phone 03 9529 3412


Business hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM        3:00 PM  – 5.30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sunday & public holidays Closed

 Preferred drop off & Pick up times

9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm

ABN: 85 185 634 608

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Latest COVID-19 updates


  • You can make an online enquiry or simply call the Catpad with a booking enquiry.
  • We will email you an online booking admission form that you can complete and sign (VETCHECK)
  • It certainly helps if we know a time to expect you for drop off and pickups for your cat
  • You are not required to wear a mask when entering our facility

Take care and we trust you enjoy your well deserved break while we care for your beloved cats.

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