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We've done it!!! We hit 100% of our goal!! ^_^
We've done it!!! We hit 100% of our goal!! ^_^
442 backers pledged NZ$ 36,463 to help bring this project to life.

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We've done it!!! We hit 100% of our goal!! ^_^ ONLY 24 hours left to grab some awesome rewards!! Get in before they're gone

The Cat Lounge New Zealand's first Cat Cafe

NZ$ 36,463

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We just hit 100% funded!!!   Thanks everyone for your support so far. AUCKLAND IS GETTING A CAT CAFE  :)

Only 24 hours left to grab some awesome rewards!

As a direct result of this campaign we have partnered with Lonely Miaow who are: a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and care of stray and abandoned cats and kittens in Auckland.

We have also partnered with FRISKIES who will be supporting our venture!

We would love to hear from you if you have any fundraising ideas, feedback or just want to say hi :)   info@thecatlounge.co.nz

  • Our website is now up and running www.thecatlounge.co.nz
  • you can follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/thecatlounge
  • AND you can follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/thecatloungenz

Did you know:

  • The Cat Lounge will donate its unsold food items to charities like the Salvation Army & City Mission ?  
  • The Cat Lounge will be organising and hosting fundraising events for Lonely Miaow? AND will have a display in store with cats available for adoption? 
  • The Cat Lounge will be working with local resthomes and disability support groups to bring smiles & kitty cuddles to those who need it the most? 
  • The Cat Lounge will be working with a world renowned animal behavior specialist to make sure the cafe is setup with the cats best interests as an absolute priority :)
We think its the right thing to do, to help those in need and give something back to the community.  Please help us make it happen
We think its the right thing to do, to help those in need and give something back to the community. Please help us make it happen

 We have already picked up the first member of our Cat Lounge Crew *Fuse* 

To keep up with Fuse's antics follow us on facebook.
To keep up with Fuse's antics follow us on facebook.

Read more about our Project:

Based in Auckland - New Zealand’s largest city, and spread over 200+sq metres, The Cat Lounge will have modern fit-out and relaxed atmosphere. Half of our site will be run like a normal café, serving locally sourced & award winning fresh roasted espresso coffee and a range of delicious treats baked fresh in store each day. 

The other half of our building will be a cat lovers dream! Big comfy couches, free wifi, fully stocked book shelves, Huge TV playing movies & the best and funniest cat clips we can find, and of course home to 10 - 15 of the cuddliest, smoochiest cats and kittens around, who we will source from rescue shelters around Auckland. The room will be filled with plenty of toys for the cats ( & People! ) cat runways & platforms on the walls, scratching posts, pillows and fluffy rugs for when there is no more energy left to play. 

The welfare of our cats will be our top priority. They will live in our Café and will have regular vet checkups to make sure they are happy & healthy.The living area for the cats will be like a huge playground! They will literally be able to climb the walls, play with toys or curl up on a beanbag and snooze. The cats will also have their own space where they can get away from people if they need some peace and quiet. We will work with our local cat rescue centres to only bring suitable cats into the café - we will only take on cats that will thrive in the company of people and other cats. 

 For food hygiene reasons, the kitchen & café area will be kept separated from the cats rooms so all of our food and drinks will be prepared in a cat - free environment. All our food will be available for dine-in or take-away, & you will have the option to take food & drink into the cat room for your visit if you wish. 

 As part of giving something back to the community, we want to have special days and rates for community groups and clubs, such as seniors (Gold Card discounts) people with intellectual or physical disabilities. (We have large restroom facilities with wheelchair accessibility) and a variety of other groups including the blind foundation, IHC & Cancer Kids to name a few.  There are proven health benefits of interacting with cats. 

See Link here for some health benefits:http://mritechnicianschools.net/2010/17-health-benefits-of-owning-a-cat/

We have plenty of ideas for options for our customers and we want to make sure you get the best out of your experience with us. We will offer the following outside of our normal trading hours: 

  • Birthdays 
  • Movie nights 
  • Date nights 
  • Private functions 
  • Club Get-togethers 
  • Fund raising events 
  • We can also offer catering for local businesses 

What stage are we at now? 

Thanks to the hard work of our team we are in the process of securing a modern spacious building on Auckland’s North Shore, spread over 200+sq metres. We have been in talks with the local council and NZ’s leading animal welfare agencies to make sure we can go ahead without any issues, and where possible we will look to go above and beyond what is required to make sure all of our cats are comfortable.. ( read = Spoiled ! ) We would like to open August/Sept2015. 

Who are we? 

 Mike & Vicky have been friends for over 10 years, We first heard of the idea of cat cafes when a friend travelled to Japan years ago & recent media coverage of cat cafes in Australia got us looking for a cat cafe in NZ we could visit, but it hadnt been done yet! So we have decided to go ahead and start our own. Between us we have business and cooking qualifications and over 20 years customer service experience. We both own cats & Yes - I would say that we are crazy cat people. We have a dream of bringing this unique experience to New Zealand. 

Why we need your help? 

 Opening a small business in New Zealand is no easy task. We have done a lot of the hard work already but there is still some way to go. We are putting our own money into this venture but we are also hoping to raise some donations & pre-sales to try and help with the high cost of opening a business. 

 Any donations from this campaign will go towards our fit-out and creating a great space both people & cats will enjoy, as well as getting our cats initial vet checkups & vaccinations. 

 *Of course there are always hidden costs & anything we raise above this amount would help us a lot. 

Can I help in any other way? 

We are looking at any potential partnerships we can come to with cat food suppliers & local vets in the area. We will also need a plumber, electrician and builder for the initial work in the café, if you could donate some of your time to help us out please get in touch. Likewise if anyone would like to donate any cat toys or cages in good condition, that you no longer need, or anything you think might help please contact us. 

 You can also share this link on social media & help spread the word 

 Any help at all you can give us would be hugely appreciated : ) 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SO FAR!

We have now featured on:

NZHerald    Stuff.co.nz  North Shore Times  ZM   The Hits  Radio Sport TVNZ  ONE News  Concreteplayground.com  and numerous blogs and message boards.

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Terms & conditions. *T-Shirts. FREE SHIPPING within NZ only. Additional charges may apply for rural & international freight. *Complimentary hot drink offer limited to 1 per customer per day max. *Cat cafe picture used above for example only. *Bookings will be essential. 

 *Please note* If we don't reach our goal we will continue all efforts to open the cafe. Not reaching our goal does not mean The Cat Lounge won't open! It may just mean that our opening will be delayed.

Risks and challenges

There will always be challenges trying open a small business, especially with a concept that hasn't been tried in NZ before. We have done a lot of research and planning over the last 6 months and we have been in talks with the leading animal welfare agencies and the council right from the beginning to make sure that we can proceed.

There are always hurdles along the way and we have faced and overcome a few already. Because this concept is something we are both passionate about, we will do all we can to make this business a success.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5 or more About $3

    Donate $5.00

    Your name on our supporters wall.

    In the cafe we will have the names of ALL our supporters displayed with a thank you message.

    Every donation counts.
    Even smaller donations get us that little bit closer to our target : )

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    Donate $10.00 & receive:

    A personalised thank you card from The Cat Lounge team posted anywhere in the world.

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    Facebook Blitz

    *Your name on our supporters wall.
    *A voucher for your first coffee free
    *Prizes to be won. Good luck!

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    Donate $15.00 & receive:

    A personalised thank you card from The Cat Lounge team and a voucher for your first coffee free!

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    Pledge NZ$ 15 or more About $10

    THE CAT LOUNGE COMBO

    ENTRY + COFFEE + CAKE

    *General admission once we are open to the public.
    *Price is per person

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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $17

    Donate $25.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - Early Bird Pass

    Get in before the general public! 1 hour with our cats. We will be open by invite only to our early bird pass holders before we officially open to the public.
    *Includes complimentary hot drink on arrival
    *Price is per person

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    Pledge NZ$ 30 or more About $21

    Donate $30.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge .. Family Pass

    *Your names on our Supporters wall.
    *2x Adults
    *2x Kids under 12
    *Includes complimentary hot drink

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    Pledge NZ$ 40 or more About $27

    Donate $40.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge Shirt

    White T-Shirt with large black logo on the front. Before we open we will send you out one of our The Cat Lounge T-Shirts, available in small, medium, large and XL.
    Please email us through your size preference and delivery details.
    *Free delivery within NZ only

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About $34

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    Donate $50.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - Early Bird *Double* Pass

    Get in before the general public! 1 hour with our cats. for you and a friend.

    *Includes 2 complimentary hot drinks on arrival

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About $34

    NEW

    An Evening of Pet First Aid and Emergency Care.

    Would you know what to do if you saw a cat or dog hit by a car?
    What household items are poisonous and how do you respond when you find out your pet has come into contact with them?
    How do you assess your pet’s vital signs, and how do you perform CPR on a cat or dog?

    This fun, educational evening will discuss these questions, focusing on general animal first aid and cat and dog emergency care. Extra topics include:

    Choking and Seizures.
    Heatstroke and hypothermia,
    Getting to the vet safely: bandaging, muzzling and restraint.
    Wildlife rescue: immediate action for sick and injured wildlife.
    As well as a Q & A session if you have any particular concerns or questions relating to your cat or pets at home.

    *All proceeds go toward helping us reach our goal ^_^

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    Pledge NZ$ 60 or more About $41

    NEW!

    The Cat Lounge Hoodie
    *FREE SHIPPING within NZ only

    Black Hoodie with white logo on the front.
    for pics see our Facebook page.

    www.facebook.com/thecatlounge

    Before we open we will send you out one of our The Cat Lounge Hoodies, available in small, medium, large XL & XXL

    Please email us through your size preference and delivery details.

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    Pledge NZ$ 70 or more About $48

    Donate $70.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - Cat Cuddlers

    Before we open to the general public and while we are putting the finishing touches on our cafe, we will need cat cuddlers. We will invite you to come in and interact with our cats and kittens to get them used to public life and being around people.
    *Time wont be limited to one hour
    *Includes a The Cat Lounge T-Shirt
    *Price is per person

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $69

    Donate $100.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - After Hours Pass!

    Enjoy an hour alone with our cats in the evening after we close to the public for the day. For 1-2 people so bring a friend! Perfect for an anniversary night or get together with a friend.
    *Price is per person
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per person
    *Additional catering can be arranged

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $69

    NEW!
    Advertise with The Cat Lounge.

    Could your product or business benefit from exposure to 45,000+ people ?

    contact us about advertising with The Cat Lounge, starting at just $100.
    (or product donated)

    We would prefer relevant industries apply
    Open to ideas and suggestions

    Info@thecatlounge.co.nz

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $69

    Donate $100.00 & receive:

    Cat Cuddlers + Hoodie 'Roadtrip' Combo

    Before we open to the general public and while we are putting the finishing touches on our cafe, we will need cat cuddlers. We will invite you to come in and interact with our cats and kittens to get them used to public life and being around people.
    *Time wont be limited to one hour
    *Includes a The Cat Lounge T-Shirt
    AND one of our Hoodies :)

    *Price is per person

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    Pledge NZ$ 175 or more About $120

    Donate $175.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - One Month Pass!

    Unlimited entry into The Cat Lounge for one month!!
    *Price is per person
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per visit

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    Pledge NZ$ 250 or more About $171

    Donate $250.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge - 6 Month Pass!

    Unlimited entry into The Cat Lounge for 6 months!!
    *Price is per person
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per visit

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    Pledge NZ$ 499 or more About $342

    NEW!
    Naming Rights for one of our Cats!

    A cut down version of the cat lounge sponsor pack. Naming rights only minus the additional benefits.

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    Pledge NZ$ 500 or more About $343

    Donate $500.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge VIP Pass!

    Love Cats? Become a Cat Lounge VIP card holder. You will receive a VIP card giving you unlimited entry into The Cat Lounge for one year.
    *Price is per person
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per visit
    *Includes a The Cat Lounge T-Shirt

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    Pledge NZ$ 850 or more About $583

    Donate $850.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge Sponsor pack

    Become a Cat Lounge sponsor.
    Pack Includes naming rights for one of our cats (first in will get first choice). You will receive photos and regular updates about your cat's antics. You will also receive a VIP card giving you unlimited entry into The Cat Lounge for one year.
    *Includes a The Cat Lounge T-Shirt
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per visit
    *Price is per persond

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    Pledge NZ$ 2,000 or more About $1,372

    NEW!
    Donate $2000.00 & receive:

    The Cat Lounge .. Furr-ever Pass!

    Love Cats?.... Prove it ;)

    *Receive a special Furr-ever pass.
    *unlimited entry into The Cat Lounge for LIFE
    *Naming rights for two of our cats
    *Your name AND PHOTO in store as a Major
    Supporter.
    *Includes 2x The Cat Lounge Tshirts
    *includes 2x The Cat Lounge Hoodies
    *Includes complimentary hot drink per visit

    Bring friends/family & they get in for free**
    **Conditions Apply.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5,000 or more About $3,429

    Help Get us to our Goal!

    We're always open to options :)
    Enquire for details:
    info@thecatlounge.co.nz

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Funding period

- (60 days)