HODGES — Diana Pet Foods in Hodges is beginning construction on a $1.6 million cattery building.
“We are going to have eight cat rooms,” said George Josef, senior business and operations manager of Panelis at Diana Pet Foods.
Josef said the new cattery will be larger than their current one, allowing for larger rooms. The new facility will accommodate 80 cats, which allows for 10 cats comfortably per room.
The new building is expected to open in April 2021. The Index-Journal was given a tour of Panelis last week.
Panelis is the facility in which Diana Pet Foods studies the palatability of their food when presented to dogs and cats. Panelis has two other locations in France and Brazil. Josef said the company is building a facility in China as well.
Opening in December 2017, Panelis is composed of one kennel, which houses 40 dogs and one cattery, which