$12,644
pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
315
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 21 2014 5:20 AM UTC +00:00
$12,644
pledged of $250,000pledged of $250,000 goal
315
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 21 2014 5:20 AM UTC +00:00

About

Purrrrrrress
Purrrrrrress
Proof that LA wants its own cat cafe!
Proof that LA wants its own cat cafe!

Thanks for stopping by and for those of you returning, welcome back! This is Catfe's 2nd kickstarter. The first one was in Feb. of this year. An eager and ambitious Catrepreneur Carlos Wong set off on his cat crusade with nary any connections, or marketing. 

The first kickstarter didn't take, but fear not because the dream never left. It wasn't the idea that wasn't clicking, it was the approach. We worked on the back end further developing our strategy to make Catfe a reality. We did the leg work, developed friendships and business relations, and started marketing like we were on catnip!

Now Catfe is officially a business supporter of Best Friends Animal Society! We will be selecting their shelter cats to have a happy home in Catfe once it's open,  while also adopting them out from the cafe as well. NKLA is one of their affiliates and they are striving to push for a No Kill Los Angeles by the year 2017 and Catfe is going to be pushing for that goal right along with them!

Meow or woof, we're all best friends under our roof
Meow or woof, we're all best friends under our roof

Our mission  has expanded with that added support that Catfe has garnered. We seek to really change the way people view adoptions and cat care. As well as our original plan to work closely with the community to help spread this message and create a new wave of pet-conscious parents. We will also be hosting pet therapy nights for orphans and the elderly.   Our space is much more than a cat cuddling, coffee chugging free for all, well it is...but with a strong message backing it! 

As for the cats that will inhabit the cafe, they will be pampered pussies. Their health and happiness will be on the forefront of our operations. Anything health wise both physically and mentally shall be taken care of. All guests will be prepped before entering Catfe with knowledge and a stop at the hand washing station. These cats may be adopted, but only after a year of staying with us, giving them adequate time to truly shine and bond with our guests.

We will also be having a corner for daily adoptable kittens that will be coming from NKLA and other local shelter.

This is where your taste buds get the royal kitten treatment. We have met with a few local established businesses that will be making exclusive Catfe themed treats for us! As well as our own in house concoctions that we have been developing for you all. Catnip tea anyone? Purrpaya Punch, Pawnapple Colada, Kitten Crush, 9 Lives Latte, The Meowsenberg, oh you best  believe that your tongues will never run dry, just like our cat puns!

 Here's a snippet of the band Lolita Dark's Kitty Nyan Nyan Jingle! Use it as your daily background theme and get all the fly kitties.

Group shot of the band and some of their supporters. I got to be a feisty kitty with the band at the tail end of their show. Check out some of their awesome stuff on Youtube!
Group shot of the band and some of their supporters. I got to be a feisty kitty with the band at the tail end of their show. Check out some of their awesome stuff on Youtube!
2.25" Button Pins. The only 37 pieces of flair that you will ever need. Look on the back for a special message ;)
2.25" Button Pins. The only 37 pieces of flair that you will ever need. Look on the back for a special message ;)
Hug him, squeeze him, plan a trip to CATalina together. Maru plushy will come in medium 5"-7" size
Hug him, squeeze him, plan a trip to CATalina together. Maru plushy will come in medium 5"-7" size
With Maru so close to your heart, you may just become a cat yourself. At which point, please fill out the proper forms so that we may hire you at Catfe as a kitty butler/maid. Please specify sizes when ordering.
With Maru so close to your heart, you may just become a cat yourself. At which point, please fill out the proper forms so that we may hire you at Catfe as a kitty butler/maid. Please specify sizes when ordering.
Catfe's very own Cat Cot™. I wish I could replace my bed with a life size version of this.
Catfe's very own Cat Cot™. I wish I could replace my bed with a life size version of this.

 With the initial funding we are ready and set to start fleshing out the physical space and being on our furry way to opening and sustaining ourselves for the first several months. These stretch goals will add a definite perk to our opening!

Risks and challenges

Pet cafes are unique and very new to the states. The first concern was licensing and legality of such an establishment. We figured it was not too far off of the concept of a petting zoo and the likes. We got the green light from the LA Animal Services Department, they directed us to which proper forms would be needed and thought the idea was great!

Next was the LA Public Health Department. The way the cafe is being set up, the food and drinks will not be near the cats at all. They will have their own secluded room to play or relax with their human guests, and also have their own private quarters when they wish relax away from the lime light. Check plus on that! We talked to one of the head officials at the health department and got his OK on the idea!

We have our eyes set on a location in Little Tokyo that will provide the space for the cats and our guests needed to feel comfortable without feeling cramped. We need to secure it first and to get the paperwork started. That will be the first step after funding is completed along with signing all of the legal businesses papers needed.

I want the best for our cats, and the best for our guests, as well as the community around us. We see this not only as a way to make business, but also a way to build a stronger community by working closely with non-profits both for animals and people.

Even if things go awry from unknown sources, we will take it upon ourselves to figure out the best solution and be transparent about it to the public. Other than that, we will put all of our thoughts, effort and emotions to making sure we take the proper steps the first time around while being pliable enough to learn as we go!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    KITTY NYAN NYAN RINGTONE
    The J-Rock Band Lolita Dark Music has partnered up with Catfe to create our own Catfe Jingle/Ringtone!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    DAPPER CAT
    Support Catfe whether close or far by getting a limited edition supporters pin! Look snazzy and show that you contributed to LA's first cat cafe

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    30 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 12 or more About US$ 12

    KITTY TEASER
    Cruise in for a cuddle! With this voucher you get to come into our cat cave for a 30 minute visit to get acquainted with our feline family. You have priority over walk-in guests

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    PAWS FOR TEA
    Pre-pay for a single 1 hour visit to Catfe with a tea/coffee voucher! This is a walk-in voucher and does not hold any reservations, but you hold priority over regular walk-in customers. We will send you voucher details via email.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    KITTEN CRUSADERS Pre-pay for a single 1 hour visit to Catfe for 2 people, with a tea/coffee voucher! This is a walk-in voucher and does not hold any reservations, but you hold priority over regular walk-in customers. We will send you voucher details via email.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    103 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    PUPPET MEOWSTER With this donation, you will get a medium sized Maru plushie straight to your door! Buy a bunch and create your own colony of kitty butlers waiting to serve you tea.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    33 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    PUPPETEAr MASTER
    For those that want the wombo combo along with their side cuddles, you will get a Maru plushy & a voucher for an hour visit for one person to Catfe once we open!
    This voucher puts you ahead of walk in guests but does not hold any other reservations.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    CATS MEOW What better way to show off your feline frenzy and caffeine craziness than getting your very own Catfe shirt? Get as many as you like and create your own Catfe airballoon with them! *shirts are not regulatory hot air balloon material please consult with your manual for further assistance*

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 29 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 55 or more About US$ 55

    CATS MEOW MIX Want a shirt? Want a shirt and an hour of play time with the Catfe kitties once we open?! Let our cats know that you are one of them with this stylish combo. They may even teach you our secret pawshake ;)
    This voucher puts you ahead of walk in guests but does not hold any other reservations.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    15 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    CAT COT mini™
    Even if you don't have cats, this would make a wonderful chinchilla cottage or decorative book rest.
    W:17" L:20" H:7¼

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 140 or more About US$ 140

    QUICK CAT Reserve your spot for 2 guests! Jump ahead of the line and into the kitty pile post haste! We will be having a calender on our website where everyone who has this voucher will be able to pick an available date and stamp that block of time that they would like to visit. Details will be sent via email You get 1 hour visit, plus tea/coffee, pastry.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 160 or more About US$ 160

    CAT COT™ Are your cats tired of their drab grounded sleeping quarters? Give them the elevation and comfort they deserve! Catfe has its own line of cat furniture and we are starting with our own cat cot. If you wish to have one in human size, please fill out forms C And T and submit a picture of yourself in cat form.
    W:24 ¼" L:25½ " H:9½ "

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 225 or more About US$ 225

    RED CARPET KITTEN Be one of the first people to experience Catfe heaven before our doors officially open! We will be having private parties join us 2 weeks prior to grand opening to get an exclusive look at Catfe!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 600 or more About US$ 600

    YEAR OF THE CAT Be a VIP Member for a full calendar year. Each 1 hour visit will consist of 1 free beverage and all the kitty cuddles you please! You have priority over walk-in guests. This excludes attendance to special events or days that Catfe is rented out to special parties.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,599 or more About US$ 2,599

    9 LIVES. Sponsor a cat of your choice for a full year. This money will go directly to the cats vet visits, food, toys, and happiness. We will credit you on the cats online profile , plus you will be automatically be added to the pre-grand opening parties and VIP member for a full year to come and see your sponsored kitty as much as you please. Each cat can have multiple sponsors.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5,500 or more About US$ 5,500

    KITTY QUEEN/ CAT KING Be treated like cat royalty as this voucher exalts you to the upper echelons of catdom! You get to personally name one of our cats and will be granted full VIP status for a year WITH the ability to reserve your spot on our calendar each time you visit. Excludes private events and parties, but you do get to attend the pre-grand opening events. Plus you get all the cool cat swag and top billing on the cats profile! Man, you must really love cats ლ(^◕ω◕^=)ლ

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (37 days)