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By Ally & Damian
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About this project

We are Ally and Damian and we live in Moseley a cultural, cosmopolitan village located near the City Centre of Birmingham, UK.

We are hoping to open Birmingham's 1ST Cat Cafe.

A cat cafe is a themed cafe. Apart from the usual servings of a cafe, the charm arises from interaction with cats that walk around the cafe. They can be watched and played with if they wish.

Cat cafés are very popular in Japan, with Tokyo being home to at least 39 cat cafés already. 

Cat cafes are often used by those that cannot have cats in their own homes, due to housing restrictions and living situations etc. Cats therefore provide relaxing companionship in what some people experience as a lonely urban life.

Japanese cat cafés feature strict rules to ensure cleanliness and animal welfare, in particular seeking to ensure that the cats are not disturbed by excessive and unwanted attention, such as by young children or when sleeping. Many cat cafés also seek to raise awareness of cat welfare issues, for example abandoned and stray cats and many often have cats from local animal shelters to help them lose any fear of humans and advertise them for possible adoption.

We want to bring this concept to Birmingham.

We have both been owned by several cats for over 20 years, and want to share our love of these amazing creatures. Our aim is to create a modern, relaxed cafe environment in the heart of Birmingham City where customers can come and enjoy the company of cats as well as enjoying some of the finest tea, coffee and the best homemade cakes you've ever tasted.

We will also be opening our cafe to groups who would benefit from the therapeutic nature of being around cats. Such as school children {0ver 8s}, people with learning disabilities and those enduring mental illness. We will also open the cafe to poetry groups, writing classes etc- inspiration is just a cat paw away.

All of our cats will be from a local cat sanctuary called Cramar Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. They have been very helpful and keen to provide us with a mix of lovely cats. They have also offered to do welfare talks and educational classes within the cafe.We will also be working closely with the vet from the cat sanctuary that the cats came from, to implement a full care package for them including regular checks and vaccinations in order to keep our cats happy and healthy.

They have a great vets practice on site that will also provide any healthcare needs the cats might need.Follow the link below for more details on this great charity.

http://www.cramarcats.org.uk

We want to share this with fellow cat lovers. Maybe some customers are unable to keep cats in their own property, or maybe, just like us love to be around cats all day long.Whatever your reason, you will be made welcome by us and our cats.

Our aim with the help from the funds provided by people who pledge through kickstarter, is to give a healthy happy lifestyle to cats from a local rescue centre where they can play, climb, snooze and enjoy the company of people who love cats. Our cafe will feature lots of areas-high and low for the cats to keep them entertained at all times. It will also feature a quiet area away from the crowds where they can go to relax and sleep if they wish.

Your funds will help us to secure the best venue possible to house our cats, as well as making it a comfortable area with some amazing custom made cat furniture and toys to keep them entertained.  We aim to create an East (Japanese) meets west style cafe, taking inspiration from the cat cafes in Japan.

So cat strokers unite and help to make our dreams and yours come true.

Ally and Damian

 ps These are our two lovely cats Morpheus and Cleo who have been a big inspiration to us.

Morpheus
Morpheus
Cleo
Cleo

Risks and challenges

Areas that are going to be the most challenging are finding the correct venue in the correct area with the right amount of space for our cats and visitors.

The design process is going to be extensive and in-depth covering everything from scratching posts to litter trays making sure every detail is perfect to ensure we have the happiest cats around.

Obviously there will have to be a period of adjustment for the cats as they settle into their new home, so we will be working closely with Cramar Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, in order to make this transition as smooth as possible. We aim to have our cats spend time in their new home {our cafe} for a period of adjustment prior to being open to the public.

Cat welfare is our main priority, which is why we will be training all staff to understand when a cat is potentially ill or displaying any behavioural problems.

We plan to be open by spring time 2015, we have a great team of professional builders at the ready (including ourselves) but if this does take a little longer, then please accept our apologies while we get everything just right.

Thankyou
Ally & Damian.

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FAQ

  • We will be serving teas and coffees.
    The homemade cakes that we will be serving will be prepared off site by a local baker.
    All ingredients will be labelled for allergies.

    We will need to be aware of, and comply with, the relevant food hygiene regulations. The food business operator (FBO), that is us, should be able to demonstrate, on inspection, that we have the required knowledge to prepare food in a safe manner.
    This will be provided from the bakers who bake the cakes for us.

    The FSA "I can confirm that the food hygiene rules do not prohibit the presence of cats or other pets in catering establishments (e.g. pubs, restaurants, takeaways) which, as far as the Agency is aware, remains a decision at the discretion of the proprietor. Of course food businesses are obliged to handle and supply food safely and would be expected to take the presence of cats (or other animals) into account were it pertinent to food safety"

    We have also attained level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for catering.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.52

    This donation is purely for the love of cats. Whether you are 1 mile or 100 miles away from us, you can be safe in the knowledge that your £1 will go towards purchasing new cat toys for our furry friends.
    From one cat lover to another.

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    You will have the choice of a tasty cup of coffee or a tea of your choice, to take-away from Happy Cats Cafe.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.
    You may just get a sneak peek at the cats whilst collecting your drink too!

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    Pledge £4 or more About $6

    You may choose a slice of yummy locally produced cake and a cup of coffee or tea of your choice from Happy Cats Cafe to take-away.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Whilst you pick up your cake and drink, why not say hello to any cats that may pass you by.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    You will receive 45 interactive minutes with our beautiful cats and you'll also get a hot coffee or tea of your choice.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Who knows what new cat friends you will make that day!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $15

    Entrance for 2 lucky Cat lovers to Happy Cats Cafe for 45 mins to spend with the puss-cats. This will also include a coffee or tea (each) of your choice.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Meow!!

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    Pledge £20 or more About $30

    Entrance for 4 cat lovers to Happy Cats Cafe to spend 45 mins with our cats.
    This will also include a lovely cup of coffee or tea (each) of your choice.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    You will definitely be making new friends this day.
    Purrfect.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $46

    Entrance for 4 cat lovers to Happy Cats Cafe for 60 mins to spend with our cats.
    This will also include a cup of coffee or tea and a delicious slice of cake of your choice.{For each person}.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Cat Heaven.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $68

    This includes entrance for 2 lucky cat lovers to Happy Cats Cafe, to spend 60 mins with our beautiful cats.

    This includes coffee or tea a slice of cake of your choice.
    Also a screen printed tea towel for each person featuring our Happy Cats logo and a FREE return visit for the same two people.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Kitties & coffee!

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    Pledge £60 or more About $91

    You will receive 6 visits to Happy Cats Cafe to spend up to 1 hour with our cats on each visit.

    This includes a coffee or tea of your choice and a slice of scrummy cake on the first visit.
    Also included is a hand screen printed tea towel with our Happy Cats Cafe logo on.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Unwind and relax amoungst our beautiful cats and leave feeling happy and refreshed for the day.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $152

    Each lucky pledger will get 1 WHOLE years membership to Happy Cats Cafe.
    This would give you free entrance on each visit {twice per month}.
    This also includes: a coffee or tea of your choice and a scrummy slice of cake on your first visit.
    You will also receive a tea towel with our Happy Cats Cafe logo on.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    What a lovely year spending time with our puurrfect friends.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $304

    You plus a friend will be invited to our launch party with a difference.
    There will be food and refreshments free for you to enjoy, plus a goody bag each from Happy Cats Cafe.
    Plus 1 years membership for 1 year {to use once per month}.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Now that really is a gift for cat lovers with a difference.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $456

    You plus 3 friends will be invited to our amazing launch party, refreshments and food will be provided as well as a goody bag each.
    PLUS: 1 years membership for the 4 people in your party {to use once per month each}.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    A lovely gift for 4 people.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $608

    You plus 3 friends will be invited to our amazing launch party, refreshments and food will be provided as well as a goody bag each.
    PLUS: 1 years membership for the 4 people in your party {to use once per month each}
    One lucky person {from this reward} will be chosen at random to NAME one of the beautiful cats that come into Cramar Cat Rescue & Sanctuary.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    What an amazing party that will be!

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    Pledge £500 or more About $760

    If you are a business you can have FREE advertising with us for 6 months. This will include promotion on our website, social media and inside the cafe.
    The business name will also feature on the cats collar.
    The lead booker will also have an invite to our launch party,plus a goody bag.
    The lead booker will have 1 years membership.

    We will issue you with your voucher by email. You will also receive a loyalty 'Paw prints' card on your first visit { Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free}.

    Cats and people unite!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,520

    If you are a business you can have FREE advertising with us for 1 YEAR. This will include promotion on our website, social media and inside the cafe.
    The lead booker will also have an invite to our launch party plus a goody bag.
    The lead booker will have 1 years membership {to use once per month} and can also NAME one of our beautiful cats.Your name of choice and business name will feature on the cats collar.
    We will send the invite out via email and you will all receive our 'Paw print' loyalty card {Buy 5 drinks, get 1 free} on your visit.
    Spreading the love of cats.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,520

    This pledge is purely to help us buy the essential furniture for our cats. Our cafe will have a modern japanese theme. The cats will need high areas to sit on, shelving, bedding, food etc.
    Not forgetting cat toys and plenty of catnip! We aim to buy the best quality that we can for our cats.
    If you are a serious cat lover, this amount pledged would help us and our cats out enormously.
    You will receive a 'Paw Print' loyalty card and receive 1 years membership to the cafe, as well as a mention as a friend on our web page and social media.

    Bringing cats and humans together.

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