About our team

At Cat Utopia our staff are fully trained in all areas of health and wellness in cat care, have extensive industry experience and are pure-hearted cat lovers themselves. Our family here at Cat Utopia treat all our guests with the same love and care that we do our own pets, so we would like you to meet the people who will be taking care of your cat during their holidays.

Amanda Sweeting

Founder & Nannie

Amanda started out working in the pet industry when she and her friend started Guardian Angels, a pet-sitting business, where they would feed customers’ pets in their own homes. Amanda found that she could not guarantee the care and safety of the cats due to the roaming nature of felines.

Amanda had a dream to create a luxury cat boarding facility to change the concept of cat boarding. Over time, she has created the leading luxury boutique cat resort in Australia with Cat Utopia Resort & Spa. She completed her Kennel and Catteries Operations qualification at Tafe with very high marks.

Amanda created Cat Utopia Resort not only to promote the wellbeing and happiness of our guests. It has been specially designed to take into consideration the physiology behaviours and instincts of felines. This environment creates happiness, contentment and the feeling of being safe. These are very important to our feline friends and ensures a happy holiday

From over 27 years of working in the Cat Boarding / Sitting Industry, Amanda understands and knows how cats behave and think. Amanda has profound knowledge in the feline world.

Amanda is now a grandma to Laura, Madeline, Xavier and Isabelle, when she is not working in the Cattery, she is babysitting the grandchildren and loving it. She also has fur babies of her own in the form of two whippets called Benson and Bella.

Maddy Richards

Full Time Nannie and Administration

Hi I’m Maddy and I’m a full-time, round-the-clock nanny here at Cat Utopia! I love working here; it really is the best job in the world! I have my Certificate II in Animal Studies but I feel so lucky to have the incredible opportunity to work with animals every day, which is the real experience.

Cats have my heart, I think they are so special and I feel happiest when a cat is around. I love being able to keep them safe, happy and healthy while working. I have a Bengal tiger kitty who is my very, very active baby. My aim for the future is to understand more about animal nutrition because I think it’s so important and exciting to know more! I look forward to meeting all of our customers and guests, human and furry in the future!

Mel Pratten

Nannie and Administration

Hi I’m Mel,  I have been working at Cat Utopia since January 2018. I am very fortunate to be able to work in an industry that i am very passionate about. I have always loved animals and I couldn’t think of a better job then to look after cats while they are on their holiday at Cat Utopia. I am currently studying vet nursing certificate 4. Late 2017 I fostered a pregnant stray cat that had been dumped. I helped her deliver and raise her 5 kittens and fell in love with all of them. I couldn’t resist but to adopt the mother cat and one of her kittens that we named Nala and Snowy. At home I have a mixture of animals, three cats, one dog, one turtle and two birds. I have a Husband named Kieth and two beautiful children Sienna and Noah that love animals as much as I do. In my spare time I volunteer at my local pound.

Abby Maxworthy

Nannie and Administration

As a fellow cat lover, I am thrilled to be a part of the Cat Utopia family. I love getting to know each individual guest and providing the highest level of care to your feline family members.

I have a beautiful rescue cat called Yoda (pictured) who has adjusted so well into his furrever home with us. For those of you who have so thoughtfully adopted a rescue cat I can completely understand your anxiety and fears, as well as kitties, when it comes to leaving them at our resort. Rest assured with the understanding that they will be cared for at the highest level by myself and the other nannies.

I have extensive experience in hotel and business management and I am excited to use these skills to give you a seamless customer service experience.

Rebecca Webb

Nannie and Administration

Cat Utopia is a family owned and operated business and since Amanda is my Mum, I have been involved in caring for the kitty cats for a very long time :). Having worked with cats for so long I have a great understanding of how cats behave and how to keep them happy. I have always loved animals and I could not see myself in any other field of work. I find it so very rewarding making our furry guests happy and relaxed.

My husband’s name is Gary and we have two children Laura aged 4 and Xavier 7 months old. we also have two puppies, a whippet named Milo and a border collie named Bailey, and Alfie the Red Point Ragdoll along with lots of chickens and, yes, they all have names. I would have a farm if my Husband would let me.

Stephanie Forster

Nannie and Administration

Trudie Clark


Hi I’m Trudie, ever since I was a little girl I absolutely loved animals and always surrounded myself with them. From snakes, wombats, chickens, dogs and of cause cats. I have four furry children at home a Wolfhound, Border Collie, Siamese and Domestic Short Hair.

I have my Certificate 3 in Animal Studies. I feel very privileged to be working at Cat Utopia Resort and being able to spoil all the cats on their holidays.

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