Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Help create the purrfect place to sip a coffee and play with adorable rescue cats!
Help create the purrfect place to sip a coffee and play with adorable rescue cats!
Help create the purrfect place to sip a coffee and play with adorable rescue cats!
Created by
340 backers pledged AU$ 18,003 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Sydney Cat Café project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Sydney Cat Café

AU$ 18,003

340

Sydney Cat Café is getting ready to open doors in September 2015! And now we are seeking your help to give us the final push we need to bring an amazing, adoptive cat café to a street near you. 

What is a cat café?

A cat café is just like a normal café, with one adorable, furry difference – cats live at the café! Guests can come to the café to relax, hang out with friends or study in the company of the café’s resident cats. 

Cat cafés originated in Taiwan in the 90s and have since thrived in Asia and more recently in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. Now it’s Sydney’s turn to ride the cat café wave sweeping the world! 

We want to bring you the best cat café possible, which is why we have taken to KickStarter. We are seeking funding to help us through those first few months of operations, including fitting out a welcoming and fun home for rescue cats, and pulling together the elements of an awesome café for humans! 

Photo credit: Padfoot Whiskers and Wings
Photo credit: Padfoot Whiskers and Wings

Why donate to help create Sydney Cat Café?

There are so many great reasons why a cosy, home grown cat café is the purrfect addition to our incredible city. To single out a few: 

  • Sydney loves coffee: We will supply a gorgeously smooth blend of coffee, sourced from local coffee suppliers and made fresh for you by talented baristas; 
  • The cat-loving community has spoken: We have listened to your feedback in order to hone our ideas for Sydney’s own cat café, so that we can make it not only an amazing environment for cats, but a place that makes Sydneysiders feel truly at home; 
  • Rescue cats need love: And you want to give it! We are partnering with Sydney-based animal shelters to foster adorable rescue kitties in the hope that we can connect these fine felines to their furever homes!
Photo credit: Attila Szilvasi Photography
Photo credit: Attila Szilvasi Photography

What will Sydney Cat Café be like?

You may have some pressing questions about Sydney Cat Café, we’re here to answer those questions: 

 Q: How does it work? 
 A: Guests can visit the café for a coffee or tea, and can pay an additional cover-charge to enter the cat zone, resplendent with adorable (and adoptable!) rescue cats. Numbers will be strictly limited so as to ensure the wellbeing of our furry friends, and bookings will be welcomed. 

Q: Where will it be?
A: We are searching for the purrfect premises in an inner-Sydney suburb, with our eyes particularly on Surry Hills and Newtown, and surrounds. Our location will of course depend on finding a building that can be suitably altered to meet the needs of housing multiple cats. 

Q: When will you open?
A: Vote with your dollar! The more money we raise, the quicker we can complete our fit-out and open our doors to you. We are working towards an indicative open-date of September, but we need your help to get there.

Q: What will the café itself be like?
A: We want to create a fun, welcoming cat café. We’re aiming for lots of light, splashes of colour, comfy armchairs and dainty details. Visiting a cat café is a unique and special experience, and we want to make sure you do it in style! We’re also offering free WiFi to our guests living the laptop lifestyle, or who want to get some study done in the company of Sydney’s cutest residents. 

Q: What food and drink will Sydney Cat Café serve?
 A: Sydney Cat Café will offer a gorgeous selection of barista coffee, hand selected teas and delicious treats, all sourced from local Sydney suppliers. We want everything we do to be a reflection of this great town, and to support other local businesses as we build our own! We’ll also stock a range of cute kitty-themed merch for you to browse and gift! 

Q: So I can adopt a kitty?!
A: Yes! We want to make Sydney Cat Café an adoptive cat café - meaning that we will foster rescue cats from our partner organisation and give Sydneysiders a comfortable environment to perhaps fall in love with and adopt their future pet.

A purrfect way to rehome deserving rescue cats.
A purrfect way to rehome deserving rescue cats.

Where is this project up to already?

To open a cat café has been a long-held dream, and over the past months we’ve been working tirelessly to make it come true. So far, we have: 

  • Formed relationships with some of the best suppliers of Coffee and café goodies in the city;
  • Entered into discussions with Council regarding their requirements to bring this novel concept to life by the book;
  • Our founder has completed an advanced cat behaviour workshop, and we are continuing education to ensure the wellbeing of cats in our care;
  • Held our pop up kitten café event in association with Maggie's Rescue, a non-profit organisation devoted to caring for and rehoming rescue animals in NSW. The event was sold out in under 48 hours!
Maggie's Rescue Volunteers at our pop up kitten cafe event, photo credit: Attila Szilvasi Photography
Maggie's Rescue Volunteers at our pop up kitten cafe event, photo credit: Attila Szilvasi Photography

What will we use the funds for?

We’ve already received financial backing from private investors that will form a good base for the business, but in order to really thrive we need at least another $15,000. You want a cat café, but you want to know where your $$$ are going. Let us break it down: 

  • Kitty fit-out: Sure, we could set up in a café and let cats roam around under the tables, but that’s not what you want and, more importantly, it’s not healthy for the cats. Cats need a vertical set-up, with plenty of hidey holes, climbing apparatus and toys to keep them occupied. We will use your dollar to create a wonderland for deserving rescue cats! 
  • The essentials: In addition to the fun stuff, your hard-earned dimes will go towards giving our kitties the basics they need to live in the café, such as food, litter and carry-boxes. 
  • Furniture and décor: You need somewhere to sit too! We want Sydney Cat Café to be a haven for humans as well as cats, and will put your money towards setting up a truly beautiful environment for you to relax over a cuppa and cuddle up with a cat. 
  • Coffee machine: We’ve found a great deal on a lovely coffee machine that’s going to be responsible for bringing you a great brew. There’s a deposit on this baby, but we need your help to pay it off! 
  • Up front rental: Most leases will require a large up-front rental sum. We need your donations to help us meet this upfront expense and secure the ideal spot for Sydney Cat Café. 

We want to thank you for your support

We have some pawsome rewards for you to thank you for your donations, such as:

  • Passes to spend time with the cats 
  • Personalised thank you emails, desktops and screensavers
  • Your name on our Wall of Fame
  • Locally designed Sydney Cat Café merchandise 
  • Invites to special events 
  • Judge at our cat casting
  • Private parties at Sydney Cat Café
  • VIP membership to our ’9 LIVES club’ !
Photo credit: Padfoot Whiskers and Wings
Photo credit: Padfoot Whiskers and Wings

Want to check out more information about Sydney Cat Cafe? You can head over to our website at www.sydneycatcafe.com.au or get fur-endly with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sydneycatcafe for more info and updates!

Thanks for your support! Meow for now!
- Veronica @ Sydney Cat Cafe

Contact info@sydneycatcafe.com.au or call 0423 761 753 to speak with Veronica.

Risks and challenges

There are always difficulties when you're blazing the trail. Cat cafés have previously been tricky to develop in Australia due to high levels of regulation. However we are confident these obstacles can be overcome. We have opened a dialogue with Council and the Food Safety Authority and have developed a comprehensive management plan to address the sensitivities around animals and food.

Finding a venue appropriate for use as a café, as well as renovation for kitty welfare and stimulation will be another challenge that comes with implementing a novel concept. We have our ears to the ground on the property market, and are confident that the purrfect property is just around the corner.

Whilst there will always be challenges with starting a new business, luckily, we truly love what we're doing! So while it's a lot of work, it's always enjoyable and rewarding!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.79

    DONATE $1 and our first pride of rescue cats to roam Sydney Cat Café will send you an adorable personalised thank you email!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    DONATE $5 and receive a purr-sonalised desktop background or screensaver image, featuring an adorable, hi resolution photograph of one or more of our first pride of cats, and a customised thank you message mentioning you by name!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $8

    DONATE $10 and go down in Sydney Cat Café history on our WALL OF FAME! In 12 pt your name will join others who helped to turn the dream of a Sydney Cat Café into a reality.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    39 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $16

    DONATE $20 and receive a one-hour pass for you and a friend* to visit the cats at Sydney Cat Café! These backers will also enjoy our $10 tier reward. *Bookings required.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    142 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 35 or more About $28

    DONATE $35 and we’ll send you a pawsome Sydney Cat Café tshirt!

    Be one of the first to get your mittens on this coveted merch. Our tees are designed by emerging Australian creatives and printed right here in Sydney-town! These backers will also enjoy our $10 and tier reward.

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $40

    DONATE $50 and you’re in for a tea-time treat! With:
    - a Sydney Cat Café mug
    - 2 x one-hour passes to visit the cats!
    We will email your advance passes to you which can be redeemed by booking a one-hour visit to Sydney Cat Café once we open our doors. Enjoy an hour with our lovely felines and leave with your paw-some mug.
    These backers will also enjoy our $10 tier reward.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 46 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About $59

    DONATE $75 for the ultimate merch-pack! Featuring:
    - A Sydney Cat Café tee
    - A Sydney Cat Café mug
    - 2 x one-hour passes to visit the cats!
    This one really is the whole kitten caboodle.
    These backers will also enjoy our $10 tier reward.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only Australia
    Limited 19 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $79

    DONATE $100 to become a member of our exclusive ‘9 LIVES’ VIP Club!
    You’ll be the cat’s meow with exclusive VIP access to special events and promotions! Membership includes the following for nine years:
    - 9 x passes to visit the cats*
    - Invitation to an exclusive VIP members event
    - A beautifully presented, personalised ‘9 LIVES’ VIP membership card, delivered with a stunning letter in a hand-addressed envelope welcoming you to our inner circle
    - Receive updates to your inbox giving you first access to exclusive events, offers and news at Sydney Cat Café
    Because you’ve donated over $100, your name will go up in 20pt in the VIP section of our Wall of Fame!
    (*Bookings required. Validity one year.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only Australia
    Limited 29 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $198

    DONATE $250 and you and a friend will be two of the first to experience Sydney Cat Café at a pre-launch ‘meet the cats’ event!
    At this exclusive three hour pre-launch session, you and your guest will spend play-time with our adorable rescue cats, helping them get settled into the café environment. This reward offers cat-lovers a sneak preview of the amazing cat café to come. We will cater to every creature comfort as you relax and play with Sydney’s cutest residents. That means coffee, cake, cushions and cats in the exclusive setting of Sydney Cat Café prior to launch!
    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier.
    Because you’ve donated over $100, your name will go up in 20pt in the VIP section of our Wall of Fame!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 8 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $277

    DONATE $350 and you and a friend are invited to our exclusive launch-day celebration!
    Rub whiskers with our fine felines, special guests and media while we entertain you with special launch-day activities and appearances! Our fully-catered opening night will be an occasion not to be missed, and coveted places will be strictly limited.
    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier.
    Because you’ve donated over $100, your name will go up in 20pt in the VIP section of our Wall of Fame!

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $396

    DONATE $500 and you and a friend are invited to our ‘cat casting’ event!
    You will be transported in style to a secret location where you and your friend will help to select from among our partner shelter’s adorable rescue cats to grace the floors, chairs and window sills of Sydney Cat Café! There will be plenty of opportunities for photos, playing and pats, and you and your friend will be featured in our live social media coverage of the event!
    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier.
    Because you’ve donated over $500, your name, photo and quote will go up in the VIP section of our Wall of Fame!

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 750 or more About $594

    DONATE $750 and we will open our doors to you and 9 of your guests for your own private, party at Sydney Cat Café!
    Do you have a catlover’s birthday, hens or other occasion coming up? Why not blow them away with the incredible and irreplaceable gift of a private event at Sydney Cat Café! You and your posse will be treated to all the creature comforts as you relax with Sydney’s cutest residents! We are also able to tailor the café to your proposed theme.
    Why not band together with 9 other cat-loving friends for an unforgettable experience you’ll never forget for only $75pp?
    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier.
    Because you’ve donated over $500, the purchasers name, photo and quote will go up in the VIP section of our Wall of Fame! Alternatively, we can take a photo of your private party to place on the Wall of Fame, along with a title of your event (‘Angela’s 30th!) and the names of each of your guests.

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $791

    DONATE $1000 and receive an incredible VIP package, including:
    - 2 x invitations to one of our pre-launch ‘meet the cats’ events
    - 2 x invitations to our launch event
    - 2 x invitations to our ‘cat casting’ event
    - 1 x Sydney Cat Café printed tee
    - 1 x Sydney Cat Café printed mug
    - 1 x framed certificate of cat gratitude (cattitude?!)

    This reward combines our Australian-designed merch with three incredible experiences.
    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier.
    Because you’ve donated $1000, your name, photo and quote of choice will feature at the top of the VIP section of our Wall of Fame!

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 5,000 or more About $3,957

    DONATE $5000 for the ultimate Sydney Cat Café VIP experience! You will receive:
    - 1 x unlimited* annual pass to Sydney Cat Café, valid for one calendar year from the day after launch
    - 2 x invitations to our ‘cat casting’ event
    - 2 x invitations to one of our pre-launch ‘meet the cats’ events
    - 2 x invitations to our launch event
    - 1 x private 3 hr event for you and 9 guests, to be held on a date of your choosing, pre or post launch
    - 1 x Sydney Cat Café printed tee
    - 1 x Sydney Cat Café printed mug
    - 1 x framed certificate of gratitude
    (*subject to booking and availability, maximum 1 hr visit per day)

    From selecting the first cats to roam the café, through to an unlimited pass to drop in and visit the cats during our first exciting year of running Sydney Cat Café, you will truly be a part of the DNA of this project!

    This reward also makes you a member of our ‘9 LIVES’ VIP club, outlined in the $100 reward tier. However we invite you to customise the design of your VIP membership card, making it one of a kind!

    The founder will personally deliver your VIP membership, annual pass, event invitations, gift-wrapped merchandise and certificate to your door to thank you in person for your incredible generosity. But what would a welcome to Sydney Cat Café be without some cats? We will bring a posse of adorable rescue cats to your door* as we present your rewards to you, so that you can play with adorable new friends as you unwrap your gifts!

    Because you’ve donated $5000, your name, beautifully framed among 3 photos and quote of choice will feature at the pinnacle of the VIP section of our Wall of Fame! Email us your real name (or the name of your business), photos that you love and a quote that says how you feel about cats and we will take care of the rest!

    (* Subject to agreement of management as to time, place and suitability)

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

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

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (60 days)