Cleopawtra Spa for Cats is a mobile grooming service for cats in downtown Toronto.  It has been in existence since 2005 and is owned and operated by Sarah Wendling.

Sarah and Sophie

Sarah and Sophie

Sarah began her life in St. Thomas, Ontario. She has always had a love of animals and at various times in her childhood, she lived with rabbits, fish and a dog. One day, Spot, an orange tabby, decided that he’d like to make the Wendling house his house. Spot was Sarah’s first cat and he showed her what a beautiful, smart, entertaining and generally demanding species he represented. She has loved them ever since.

Maximus Quintus Sparticus

Sarah moved to Toronto to study film.  After two years of residence living, she found her own apartment and promptly adopted her first "non-family pet", Maximus Quintus Sparticus, aka Max. (Sarah was also studying Classics and thought a pretentious Roman name would be just the thing for her new kitty – Max has done a smashing job of living up to it).             

Sarah started volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society in the kitten nursery. It was here that Sarah discovered she really liked working with animals, especially cats, and decided to make animal care her career. She started Cleopawtra Spa for Cats in 2005 and she also worked at veterinary clinics from 2006 to 2013.


Sarah and Max were joined by Sophie several years later when Sophie was only a couple of days old. She was supposed to be a foster cat, but in the end, Sarah wound up giving Sophie a forever home instead. Sophie is as grateful as one could expect from a cat, which is to say she occasionally sits on Sarah’s lap and has dutifully hidden all of the household pens.


Captain Jack Sparrow-Harkness

Since Sarah is a sucker, we were joined by Captain Jack Sparrow-Harkness, the time traveling pirate kitten in 2012.  The Toronto Cat Rescue found him on the street and brought him into the clinic Sarah was working at.  He instantly decided that Sarah was going to provide him a home and Sarah is not one to argue with a kitty.  He came in missing his left eye, but that in no way slows him down.  He has proven to be a fan of destruction and mayhem, but he does it with maximum adorableness.