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!
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!
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.
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!
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’ !
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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