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Mask and Mantle Cat Cafe, Victoria BC

The purrrfect place to relax for some pet therapy! It's about connecting our cat loving community and our furry feline friends >^.^<

Mask and Mantle Cat Cafe, Victoria BC

The purrrfect place to relax for some pet therapy! It's about connecting our cat loving community and our furry feline friends >^.^<

CA$ 4,844
pledged of CA$ 7,500pledged of CA$ 7,500 goal
104
backers
18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 9 2019 1:30 AM UTC +00:00.

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 maskandmantle.ca 

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform that only gets the ball rolling if funding is met. Any pledges made are not collected unless full funding goal is met by October 8th at 6:30pm PST. ***

A cat cafe is just like a regular store-front coffee shop but with a distinct cat theme, and you wanna know the best part? You can enjoy your coffee or tea in the company of adoptable cats! Snuggling with a cat can provide therapeutic benefits by helping take your mind off your worries and everyday struggles. Our aim is to promote positive connections between humans and cats by providing a safe and comfortable space as well as a temporary home for adoptable cats.

 The first cat cafe appeared in Taiwan in 1998 and really blossomed in Japan a short time later. In Japan it can be difficult to find places to live that allow companion pets such as cats. Sound familiar? Enter, Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe! We're dedicated to creating a hub for all things "cat" and uniting our fellow cat enthusiasts!  

  Benefits of a Cat Cafe:

  • A Cat Cafe is a modern and unique type of foster home for cats that would otherwise be in a shelter environment. The presence of a cat cafe in the community inherently frees up space in our shelters and allows local rescue teams to care for more of the higher needs animals.
  • Are you a stressed out student? transient working professional? Someone with an allergic partner or roommate? Maybe you're not allowed to have pets in your rental apartment or home? Or perhaps you're just crazy about cats and need to get your kitty fix?! Then the Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe is the purrfect place for you!
  • Petting a purring kitty cuddled up next to you, or watching it hunt a toy mouse, is a great way to lower stress and improve your overall mood. If you have a free second, this video is a purrfect example of the health benefits cats can provide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35T8wtmTbVg.
  • The cats in the cat lounge will be able to roam free, relax, and play at their leisure. In this type of setting they're able to shine and show off their individual personalities. If you're looking to welcome a furry friend into your home we'd be happy to help you find that purrfect match! This kind of environment lends itself to increased adoption rates, and reduces the chances of a re-surrender. 
  • This is an amazing opportunity to be a champion for rescue cats, as well as an opportunity to feature other local small business. Our goal is to build life-long relationships with local animal rescue organizations, coffee roasters, bakeries, and other artisans in the region. We want to involve the community as much as possible and continue to support Greater Victoria's growing municipalities.

Themed Bookings and Events:

In the future we will be adding special bookings and event nights to our repertoire, which will be available by reservation. Some examples include...

  •  Movie Night: snuggle up to the resident kitties and snack on popcorn while watching a film!
  •  Game Night: let our furry friends sit in the boxes while you play board and card games! Bonus points if a cat flops all over your game!
  •  Knitting Night: Bring in your current knitting project, and try not to let the cats get into the yarn!
  •  Crafts with cats: Learn how to make your own cat toys and other cat-related crafts!
  • And yes, there will definitely be Cat Yoga and more! 

We are also open to hosting groups, such as: team building and networking groups, book clubs, study groups, etc. (some conditions may apply, subject to availability).

Mask & Mantle is also planning to use the establishment as a platform to educate and share knowledge about cat behaviour and psychology, and the importance of being a responsible cat owner. We'll also address what others can do to help the community, especially if they are unable to adopt a cat directly.

We’re working closely with Island Health to make sure we’re in complete compliance with their codes and food safe standards. Cleanliness will be of utmost importance and ensuring a clean and safe environment for all animals and visitors involved is one of our top priorities – trust us! Here’s the plan so far: we’re going to separate the food and beverage side from the actual cat lounge. There will be a coffee shop portion with our food and drink menu as well as strategically placed observation windows. Those that wish to pay a small fee to take part in the magic will enter the "cat lounge" separately through a special entrance.  

We are currently scoping out potential locations but have been holding off on signing a lease until after our Kickstarter campaign. We want to be as confident as possible that the community is behind this project. With your help we will be able to lock down a location and begin the construction process. Regardless of where we end up, we have some really great ideas to make this an ameowzing space for our human and feline friends. The cat lounge will be "catified" with interesting cat trees, climbing shelves, kitty runways, cat hammocks, scratching posts, toys, and a private kitty retreat area (if they aren’t feeling up for social hour). It will be a cat lovers dream and a real life kitty playground! Since cats spend a vast majority of time sleeping we also plan to have cat-related games and coloring books on hand to keep our guests entertained throughout their visit! We'd also like to offer a range of cat-related merchandise and supplies for both cats and people! All proceeds will graciously go toward maintaining Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe and ensuring the cats have everything they need to be happy and healthy.

We’re expecting the demand to be high when we first open, so we’ll use an online reservation system during our peak hours. Cat welfare is our number one priority so we don’t want the animals to be stressed or overwhelmed by large crowds. Our goal is to find the perfect cat-to-human ratio so the cats are comfortable and the people visiting get the type of kitty interaction they need. We also don’t want people to have to wait long periods of time to see the cats- because that’s no fun, either. A reservation will make sure you get the quality time you need to unwind. There will be a cover charge for a guaranteed hour long time slot in the cat lounge. 

Where do the cats come from?

We have not formalized a relationship with any single rescue organization as there are many of them here in Victoria, and we'd love the opportunity to work with as many of them as possible! If you're connected to one of our local rescue organizations we would love to hear from you, please contact us at the email address below. 

Our idea has so much potential and we want Mask & Mantle to be the best possible experience for everyone. We need your help to make that happen and your generous pledges will definitely help us get there! By placing a pledge today, you are helping to improve the lives of humans and cats in the Greater Victoria Area! The success of this project will have a long lasting effect on the animal-loving community as we continue to promote the "adopt don't shop" movement together.

Perks:

ANY donation is greatly appreciated and will make a difference in helping this dream become a reality!

Everyone who backs our Kickstarter project (at any level) gets inducted into the Mask & Mantle Cat Club! 

Cost Breakdown: 

Catification is essential to providing the cats with a stimulating and stress free environment that they can thrive in until they find their furever homes! Donations will be utilized to purchase cat trees, shelving structures, scratch posts, cat beds, cat toys, and anything else the cats need in order to be content in the cat lounge. 

Anticipated Timeline:

Our opening date depends on a lot of factors, but most importantly finding a location that is the purrfect fit!

Risks and challenges

As with opening any small business, there will be challenges that come up. But we’re ready and determined to face them head on.

• Engagement: Although our support in the community has been strong thus far and there are many successful cat cafes in other cities, there is a chance this campaign could fail. This would be a major setback in our schedule as far as plans for opening, and we would have to find other potential resources for funding. We'd like to remind you that this campaign is All-Or-Nothing. If we do not reach our goal, you will not be charged and we would not receive any funds. The key is to reach and over exceed the set goal so we can create the best space for our kitties, and we’d love for YOU to rally around us!
• Construction setbacks: If the campaign is successful we will want to move forward as quickly as possible. A potential issue could be the cost of construction and/or delays in getting building permits, which has the potential to push back our goals for opening day.
• Health Department: We have been working closely with the health department to be in compliance, but there is always a chance of an unforeseen issue while in the process of construction/opening.
• Leasing Costs: Although we have worked tirelessly to get the zoning approved leases in the areas we are targeting can run very high.
• Logistics: This is a very novel concept and poses some extremely unique operational challenges, including the ability to maintain a healthy number of rescue cats to ensure a consistent experience for our guests.

As we are still in the process of securing an actual storefront space we are essentially asking you to trust and rely on us as individuals to bring this vision to life.

Thank MEW for your support!

Questions and business inquiries can be emailed to maskandmantlecatcafe@gmail.com

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    COOL CAT CLUB

    Be one of the COOL CATS with your Mask & Mantle Cat Club Membership Card!

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    CAT LOUNGE KITTY VISIT

    In addition to our $10 tier rewards we'll mail you a personal voucher inviting you to come in and experience a one hour kitty visit firsthand! Don't forget to have a drink and a cookie on us!

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    • 60 min visit in the cat lounge
    • Complimentary beverage
    • Complimentary cookie
    • First edition Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe button
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    PAWS UP!

    MEOW! This perk is a great deal! We'll mail you a transferable punch pass for 4 one hour cat lounge visits. You can choose to share your punches, or keep them ALL for yourself, we'll leave that up to mew! You'll also receive our $10 tier rewards with this pledge.

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    • Personalized 'Thank Mew' card
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    VIP ACCESS FOR 2

    Bring a friend and be the first to experience the magic of our cat lounge! We'll mail you a personal VIP invitation to come in BEFORE we open our doors to the rest of the public.

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    • Complimentary beverage
    • Complimentary cookie
    • First edition Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe button
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    VIP ACCESS FOR 4

    Beat the line up with our VIP access pass for four! You and three friends will be welcomed into the cat lounge for a special pre-opening visit, be the first to come and meet our kitties!

    Includes:
    • VIP pass for 60 min visit in the cat lounge
    • Complimentary beverage
    • Complimentary cookie
    • First edition Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe button
    • Personalized 'Thank Mew' card
    • Mask and Mantle Cat Club Membership
    • E-Newsletter subscription
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    PURRRIVATE PARTY!

    We'd love to host you and 8 of your friends for a private 90 min partay in the cat lounge! Each of your guests will receive a complimentary beverage and cat-shaped cookie!

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    • Private 90 min party
    • Complimentary beverage
    • Complimentary cookie
    • First edition Mask & Mantle Cat Cafe button
    • Personalized 'Thank Mew' card
    • Mask and Mantle Cat Club Membership
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    PURRRIVATE EVENT - YOGA WITH CATS!

    You and up to 10 of your friends can enjoy a one hour yoga session in our cat lounge, and then stick around for another hour to get some quality kitty cuddles while you enjoy a complimentary beverage and snack after your session.

    Includes:
    • Private 60 min yoga class in the cat lounge
    • 11× 60 min visit in the cat lounge
    • 11× Complimentary cookie
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    • Personalized 'Thank Mew' card
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