Take a Virtual Tour of The Cat House on the Kings
We are located on 12 acres along the Kings River in Parlier, CA

Long-term boarding for cats who are here for months at a time while their owners are away from home for an extended period or even on deployment out of the country. This 25' x 40' enclosure with trees provides some semblance of normal life while they wait to go home again. This is another 25' x 40' enclosure for long-term boarding. Kennels 4 to 8 are for short-term boarding. The Dog Run is an enclosure for the puppies we rescue where they can run and bark and play without bothering the cats directly. It can be configured into two 80' x 10' or four 40' x 10' runs. Our long driveway provides plenty of parking for visitors. Visits are by appointment only. This barn, affectionately known as "The Ghetto," is where we keep the mowers and tractors needed to maintain the property as well as one of the feeding stations. The long-term plan for this field is to build several 150' square enclosures, each with four Tuff sheds around a shared patio with a cover for both the sheds and patio. The other amenities will be similar to the Pasture Project, including grass and trees. These will be places in which adoptable cats or cats who otherwise need more monitoring can live comfortably while they are here. This is our feeding station for the orchard colony. Tent City is our covered shelter and feeding station on the river. It has a 20' x 60' corrugated metal roof that is surrounded by a tent to keep out the wind and rain in winter. Both friendlies and ferals call Tent City home. Our property is surrounded by a chain link fence which is 6' high and buried 4"; below ground. There is also a 4' inward facing overhang. The fence keeps our residents inside and other, non-winged critters outside. The FIV Ward enable our residents who have tested positive for FIV to live comfortably while posing no risk of infection to the other residents. The main house is 4,200 square feet. The wood stove is where you'll find many of our residents when it gets chilly outside. The ICU is an important part of the daily work at The Cat House and our experienced veterinary assistants arrive at 6am (or earlier!) to prepare special diets and begin medicating cats. Only seriously ill animals are kept in the ICU; animals on long-term medication are held in other areas. A generous bequest from Joan Droge enabled us to build the “Joan Droge Kitten Quarters.” Here we can isolate kittens from exposure to illness before their immune systems have developed fully. The Kitten Quarters also serves as our kitten adoption center. We have added a second building to the Kitten Quarters where we can better isolated kittens for medical treatment. There is also an enclosed run for puppies between the two buildings of the KQ. Lynea used to live in the main house. Unfortunately she never had a moment away from the many cats who graciously allowed her to use the bedroom, so she moved into this mobile home. The solitude lasted all of about 5 minutes before she took in some special needs cats! The office is the hub of our administrative activity. Here you'll find both staff and volunteers hard at work responding to inquiries, keeping our books up to date and so on. Benny, our epileptic K9 mascot, supervises the work from his bed beside the copy machine. This Tuff shed is an open shelter where any of our free roaming residents can retreat from the heat or rain as needed. All six of our Tuff sheds have heaters on timers for winter. The “Pasture Project” is a separately fenced area in which new arrivals spend several months so that we can monitor how they are weathering the transition into the sanctuary before they are given the run of the property. The gates to the Pasture Project are opened twice a year in mid-April and mid-October so the cats have the choice of relocating to any of the 12+ feeding stations on the property. There are two Tuff sheds in the Pasture Project for shelter. Both are heated in winter and have cooling misters for the summer. There are also trees which our new residents delight in climbing and from which they like to watch visitors. This is a small, portable office with a heater for winter. The Kings River flows gently past the property. Both friendlies and ferals find refuge at the river. This is Lynea's favorite area! She swears that one day she will have her own Tuff shed on stilts with a rope ladder. In it she will have a hammock and an extension cord. This, she says, is all she needs! The “Sally Port” is a double set of gates which enable people and vehicles to enter the property without leaving an open gate through which residents may leave. They enter through the outer gate, close the gate behind them, and then enter through the inner gate. The Sadie Malone Senior Center provides a warm, dry place for our senior residents (8 years and older) where they can doze uninterrupted by more boisterous youngsters. They can watch TV indoors or bask in the sunshine on the deck or in the garden. One bedroom is reserved as a “retreat” for overnight visitors to the sanctuary. Visitors must, however, share cooking and laundry facilities with the cats! Kennels 1 to 3 are for long-term medication of our cats. Our Solar Panels take advantage of the plentiful sunshine in the Central Valley to reduce our electricity bill every month. This covered area provides storage for the pallets of food and litter as they arrive. Storage #2 The swimming pool was rarely used, required maintenance, and was a potential hazard in spite of the cat-proof fencing around it, so it has been filled in. The plan is to create a restful spot for both cats and people with a waterfall and lazy river with a little island for the cats to enjoy. The webcam looks back up the driveway from the garage towards the Sally Port. The Poppy Burger Memorial Bench is a favorite point on Lynea's tours where visitors can rest and the cats give them all of the kitty love they can soak up!

The House

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Kitchen - Click to enlarge

The Kitchen

The kitchen is where all the action is. Twice a day, Lynea prepares a mixture of canned and dry food that bring the cats, tame and feral alike, running to the kitchen. There's standing room only during this feeding frenzy! There is no place that is off limits to these hungry felines and any visitor will soon be surrounded by a bevy of new friends.

Every morning the staff prepares food that is hand-delivered to every feeding station and room/cage on the property. It takes six people two hours to prepare the food and deliver it throughout the 12 acres. Every cage, room and kennel receives a special diet. The majority of the animals receive a mix of L-Lysine, granulated garlic and brewer's yeast mixed with beef or chicken canned and dry food.

The Wood Stove - Click to enlarge

The Wood Stove

Around the wood stove is a favorite place for the cats. When it's cold outside this is the warmest spot in the house.

Kitty Garden - Click to enlarge

Kitty Garden

The Kitty Garden is a very large room with a sunny view and a loft. It was previously used to house kittens, but with the opening of the Joan Droge Kitten Quarters, we can now use this room and the Pink Room to acclimate new adult arrivals who have previously spent their lives indoors. Later they can explore the house and then the rest of the property as their fancy takes them.

Pink Room - Click to enlarge

Pink Room

The Pink Room was named for the painted color of its concrete floor. This 16' square room houses new adult residents who have previously been indoor only. To date we have not been able to afford linoleum, so painted concrete has to do. Can you make a contribution to help fix this?

Condo Room - Click to enlarge

Condo Room

The Condo Room is a transitional room for adult cats. It has a kitty door to the outside and access to the house. With plenty of beds, food, water and litter boxes, why ever leave?


Short-Term Moderate Quarantine Wing - Click to enlarge

Short-Term Moderate Quarantine Wing

The former ICU in the house (and formerly Lynea's bedroom) is now used to provide a quarantine facility for cats needing to be isolated from the general population.


Facility Updates

Poppy Burger Memorial Bench - Click to enlarge

Poppy Burger passed away in June 2013 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She named Lynea her executor and bequeathed her estate to The Cat House on the Kings. We have installed a bench in her honor at Lynea's favorite place on the property. Poppy's 15 year old cat came to live in Lynea's house, but has since passed away and is now buried at the foot of the bench. One of Poppy's Buddhas has been placed by the bench.

Poppy Burger Memorial Bench - Click to enlarge

For some reason, when Lynea's tours arrive at the bench, the cats swarm the visitors to give and receive as much love as each can absorb. Poppy's spirit and love of cats is clearly still with us here. R.I.P.