The best little cat house in Sydney…

Welcome to the Chatswood Cat Palace Boarding and Grooming Centre

The Chatswood Cat Palace is Sydney’s premier cat boarding and grooming facility, owned and operated by renowned cat-whisperer Dr Kim Kendall.

Cat boarding, just like cat behaviour, should be unique and here at The Cat Palace, it is all about the cats – exclusively about cats, in fact.

Your cat’s comfort – both physical and mental – is paramount, whether they are enjoying a grooming session at our kitty day-spa or spending a little longer with us in our bespoke Sydney cat boarding boudoir.

At The Chatswood Cat Palace, we know cats – in fact, it’s fair to say that no-one knows cats like Dr Kim, who is the only cat vet in Australia that is also qualified in cat behaviour. It’s this intimate understanding of cat psychology that sets us apart.

But it isn’t just a job to us, we love cats too! Everyone here has a genuine love for all your feline friends – that’s why LOVE features so strongly in our logo – it’s a big part of our service here. It’s not for sale, but we give it freely to all our kitty clients. We find they start to love us back and pretty soon their trip to the groomers or boudoir becomes a happy experience they can look forward to.

So have a little nosy around the site and give us a call on (02) 9417 3329 if you have any questions on cat grooming or beyond, would like to book – or if you just fancy a feline-friendly chat. We love to meet new cat fans…


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Dr Kim’s Appearance on Channel 7’s Sunrise Show

Dr Kim recently appeared on the Sunrise breakfast Show on Channel 7 to talk about whether we humans can ever really have any idea what our cats are thinking.

Dr Kim explained that we can get answers from cats, as long as we know how to ask the question properly! Watch the video to see the full segment.

Our very own Sasha and Tai also appeared on the show, and behaved perfectly!

Want To Know How Your Cat Is Feeling? This Handy Guide Will Tell You

Happy, sad, anxious, scared, it pays to know what your cat is thinking, and how it is feeling. This handy guide to your cat’s body language, kindly provided by the RSPCA will help you to do just that.

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Here at The Cat Palace, we’re well aware of the stresses both owner and cat can face when the cat is put into an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar faces all around. As Sydney’s premier cat boarding facility, everything we do goes into making sure any discomfort is kept to an absolute minimum and, where possible, eliminated altogether.

The process starts with our Kitty Cabanas, which have been custom designed and built with the cats in mind. Rather than maximise numbers or profits, The Palace is designed to Maximise Kitty Comfort – mentally and physically’ and we only board as many cats as we can keep happy. The Cat Palace is comfortable as possible for all our residents, including our Café Purrfection residents who live with us full time!

Vertical space is as important to a cat as horizontal space, if not more so. Also vital is the separation of food, bed and toilet. We wouldn’t do all 3 in the same small area, so we don’t expect our guests to either. We’re enormously proud of the fact that many of our cat boarding residents are familiar faces who have made many trips to see us while their people pop off somewhere for a few days. We reckon this means we’re doing something right!

We settle any new residents quickly and calmly, making sure that they know we’re friend and not foe. We keep a close eye on feeding and toilet habits, as these are often two earlier indicators of stress in cats, and we make sure the boarding is all abut the cats, not the cash!

For full details of our Kitty Cabanas and Cat Boarding facilities, see our Boarding page.


As our environment becomes more crowded, so the air around us becomes more and more packed with the kind of stuff that makes a cat’s fur more dirty and sticky than ever before. Even though various initiatives tray and clean the air we breathe, the fact is that more people means more airborne particles.

For a cat, this means self-grooming becomes increasingly difficult at certain times of year as we add pollen and other natural contaminants to those people create with our cars, air conditioning or even through our daily jobs. Although younger cats in short haired breeds will cope quite happily (assuming no mobility issues), older cats or those with long hair will struggle to groom sufficiently and their fur can end up in poor condition and tangled to the point where grooming or even just moving becomes painful.

At The Cat Palace, we specialise in treating such problems, and can leave your feline friend as clean as a purry whistle!

Many grooming facilities routinely sedate cats to make the task quicker and easier for the groomer, but we think a little differently at The Cat Palace. Whenever possible, we try not to sedate a cat as this can bring problems of its own and, and will only do so in extreme circumstances where there is a potential risk of injury to the cat. We’ll offer advice on how to reduce the effect of the environment on a cat’s fur, with tips on what you can do to keep your bestie happy and comfortable.

For more details, see our Grooming page.