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The Blue Cat Cafe - Food Trucks! Coffee! Adoptable Kitties!
The Blue Cat Cafe - Food Trucks! Coffee! Adoptable Kitties!
The Blue Cat Cafe - Food Trucks! Coffee! Adoptable Kitties!
1,146 backers pledged $62,533 to help bring this project to life.

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This Kickstarter is closed. Thank you Kickstarter.com & to all who 'backed' this project!

Still want to support us? We can use it! Go to thebluecatcafe.com for great rewards that we will use to build the best cat cafe we can for Austin!

Stay connected with updates here as we find, and build out the space!

Thank you!

First annual Austin City Limits by Rebecca Gray
First annual Austin City Limits by Rebecca Gray

Do you want an adoption cat cafe?

Help us build one for Austin with adoptable kitties!

Cats want room to stretch, jump, and play. Let's get a brick and mortar they can do that in with food trucks and coffee & a back patio!

Just like us, cats get depressed in small spaces with little affection. This makes them less adoptable.  The Blue Cat Cafe will change that for some very lucky kitties at our cat cafe!  Cats that haven't been adopted for long periods of time will be purrfured.  

Photo By Natalie Cerna.  The Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party @ Cheer Up Charlie's hosting the Austin Humane Society
Photo By Natalie Cerna. The Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party @ Cheer Up Charlie's hosting the Austin Humane Society

ADOPTABLE KITTIES + HAPPY PEOPLE PETTING THEM = HAPPY, MORE ADOPTABLE KITTIES!

We believe true “cat haters” are few and far between and that the bottleneck to putting homeless kittens in loving homes is simply more “face-to-whisker” time. Numerous organizations in Austin tirelessly run by dedicated individuals exist to provide shelter to abandoned kitties.  We want to foster some of their rescue kitties at the Blue Cat Cafe!

Photo by Natlie cerna of Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party
Photo by Natlie cerna of Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party

How does it work?

The Blue Cat Cafe will have a cat therapy area for you to visit. "Catherapy". It's a cattery, or large cool foster home. Cat whisperers will work in cattery to ensure a zen atmosphere at all times.

The food is not in the cattery, but prepared in food trucks outside.  We will work to make it so food can be delivered to you inside.

To enter the cattery, you'll have to sign off that you will respect the boundaries put in place. We will have a maximum number of people who can enter at a time.

The Blue Cat Cafe will have a food truck space outside with patio tables, a small music stage, and a few food truck options, too.  The Blue Cat Cafe will have coffee, sweets, burgers, and more. 

Cats will be inside.  That's why we need funding for this place!
Cats will be inside. That's why we need funding for this place!

 Adoption + Cat Cafe

We are proving that coming to the cat cafe will cause adoptions to happen.  We've been throwing cat petting parties around Austin spotlighting rescues we want to work with! - Counter Culture Cafe on March 7 with Austin Animal Center and Thundering Paws. Next was Cheer Up Charlie's on March 8 with the Austin Humane Society!  People came to pet kitties, and some cat lovers couldn't resist the urge to give a cat a home!

First Adoption for Austin Animal Center.  7 March 2015.  Photo by Natalie Cerna.
First Adoption for Austin Animal Center. 7 March 2015. Photo by Natalie Cerna.
Cheer Up Charlie's / Humane Society / Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party.  Photo by Holly Maxwell.
Cheer Up Charlie's / Humane Society / Blue Cat Cafe Kitty Petting Party. Photo by Holly Maxwell.

These ladies came to get down with us at Cheer Ups on March 8, and left with a forever friend!

Cheer Up Charlie's /Austin Humane Society Kitty Petting Petting Party Adoption. Photo by Natalie Cerna.
Cheer Up Charlie's /Austin Humane Society Kitty Petting Petting Party Adoption. Photo by Natalie Cerna.
Adoption at First Annual Austin Kitty Limits by the Blue Cat Cafe.  Photo by Natalie Cerna.
Adoption at First Annual Austin Kitty Limits by the Blue Cat Cafe. Photo by Natalie Cerna.

Where did the idea come from?

Cat cafes are not a new concept to the rest of the world, but in the US health & safety codes have restricted them.  Then, Cat Town opened in Oakland, and we were truly inspired. They are our heroes. The folks at Cat Town got it right; this is an adoption opportunity. We will always be indebted to them for the vision we hope to share with Austin cats and cat people.

With your pledge, we will:

  • Secure a location within the Austin city limits.
  • Any funds over $60K will go to securing a larger space for more cats / people ratio.
  • Partner with area rescues to foster kitties.
  • Have an interactive and welcoming space for everyone.
  • Be a place where people who can’t have cats at home can get their “kitty fix".
  • Work with Austin health and safety codes for the preparation of food and drink.
  • Invite local Austin vegan food trucks to provide food on our back “catio.”
  • Have a retail space to promote the goods of local Austin businesses.
  • Evangelize the general badassery of cats!
Cats are cool.
Cats are cool.

How will cats be cared for?

Cats will live in an enclosed cattery you must gain entrance to. We'll call it the cat therapy zone.  If we meet capacity, we can take reservations. We don't want to over-complicate things, but we will require you to sign off that you hang with cats like you're good friends. These are adorable, wonderful animals that feel complex emotions.  Let's just give them love and companionship, and they will do the same for us. It's why we became roommates over the last few thousand years! Let's treat cats with respect.

Must you pay?

We don't want there to be a fee for hanging with cats, but they do have needs like you and me.  These include medical, food, litter, insurance, constant cat supervision and care. Fees cover these needs. Adoption fees will go through the rescues, because those are their cats!  We are fostering them for you to give them love, and for them to get out of cages, get love, and have a better chance at adoption!

What about food?  

Along with cats, we are also very much inspired by caffeine, food, & brew.

The Blue Cat Cafe will partner with food trucks on our patio space!  Due to strict guidelines, we will get our food from outside.  But it's Austin so no big deal!  After opening, we will work on marrying the two.

We'll have options to choose from. Yes, we will go vegan / plant based.  We're all about animal care and promotion of their well being.  However, you won’t even notice if you're not vegan.  It’s just that good!  

Caution: Arlo's burgers are addictive.  Photo by Arlo's.
Caution: Arlo's burgers are addictive. Photo by Arlo's.

What do we need to do, and when do we need to do it?

We are up for the challenge and are looking forward to draw upon Austin’s rich history of innovation, rebellion, and artistry to bring this to fruition. Due to the rising costs of living and working in Austin, however, $60,000 is the absolute minimum we would need to locate the right space. Every dollar raised brings the dream of providing a fun, local, Austin solution to a growing problem one step closer.

Every dollar above $60K goes to a bigger, better space for more kitties and people. Please fund with love!

First Annual Austin Kitty Limits. Photo by Natalie Cerna.
First Annual Austin Kitty Limits. Photo by Natalie Cerna.

Thank you for your donation!!!

Press!  Rebecca is open to talking about project during Kickstarter.

#CatCafeRightMeow

The Blue Cat Cafe !

Risks and challenges

$60,000 is the minimum amount of donations we need to start building out this place. We will do our part for Austin and try to make it as cool and big as we can.

Every dollar raised will go into making this place bigger, better, and as as close to downtown as possible.

We won't stop till cat cafe.

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FAQ

  • You do not bring your cats, but rather they are adoptable kitties from our rescues. We love the Austin Animal Center and Humane Society deeply, and will initially house their cats. All adoption fees will go through them.

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  • We will be located in Austin. Parking and space size is more important than being downtown. We have high hopes though. We are keeping our options open so if we raise more money we can have a bigger, better space! Literally all Kickstarter money goes to space and buildout. Therefore, the more we make, the more room for you and kitty. You are literally building our walls, which is why everyone who pledges will have their name on them!

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  • Tshirts are being posted to facebook. You will have your pick when we reach our goal! Stay connected! Everyone who chooses a shirt option will be contacted about their preference and size:) Stay connected here: https://www.facebook.com/thebluecatcafe/

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  • Kitty love comes free, but they do have real needs. Housing, food, supervisory care in the cattery adds up. We will charge a fee to cover our costs. All adoption fees go to the rescues they come from.

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  • Absolutely! That's the idea. Many of us can't have cats for whatever reason. We just want you to come hang out, and be here with us. Sometimes being around humans and being social is all a lonely animal needs....including kitties!

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  • Sorry. This place will only be a place for rescued kitties who have no real home, and looking for one. Trust us though, your cat wants you to leave him at home so he can catch up on all the shows you can't agree on:)

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  • At this point kitties will be indoors, and food and trucks out back on an awesome patio. We will work to marry the two so that you can eat and drink with kitty.

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  • Some people are really upset we are going vegan. Why is that? Veganism isn't meant to exclude anyone, and we promise we won't push it on you. Our goal is just to be yummy or your money back...while hurting no animals in the process. We believe this place is built on love and respect for animals, and we are making as compassionate of decisions as we can for them.

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  • No. Kickstarter does not allow charity projects. Crowdfunding is for building cool dreams and ideas through small donations when other options are limited. We will foster kitties, and adoption fees will go throught the rescues we represent at the time of fostering. Blue Cat Cafe is an LLC.

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  • Based on money raised, we will choose the best option for most human and kitty space. Please vote with your dollar for a bigger, better place!!!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    DONATE NOW.
    Get a good feeling, because you just helped rescue a cat and build a badass home in ATX!

    YOU GET A CAT CAFE RIGHT MEOW!

    + The CUTEST Thank You email ever from our first round of rescue kitties you supported!

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    University of the Internet Diploma
    This reward is built into all other rewards.

    Do you want to have more Kittie$?
    Suuurre we all do! But who has the time?
    For just 5 bucks, we'll build you a cat cafe/foster home & email you a new career! You'll get:
    + Cat videos & course study materials
    + High resolution diploma from the UNIVERSITY of the INTERNET with your name and choice of career stamped with our cats approval! Frame to impress cats & colleagues!!
    + Inspirational Blue Cat Cafe video promo emailed to you inspired by the lovely Sally Struthers International School of Correspondence!

    So give just 5 bucks to find out how EASY it is to train with cats on the internet! More than 10 MILLION men and women have prepared for new careers without even trying or caring! Choose from:
    - Sharing the Most Cat Pics & Youtubes
    - Saving the Most Cat Pics On Your Phone
    - OR CHOOSE A SPECIALIZED DEGREE!
    Compare your present diploma's worth to $5 & then to having a cool cat cafe supporting rescued kitties of Austin. Then give $5, & leave a NOTE in the pledge with your choice of new degree and career!

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    *YOUR NAME* on our permanent 'Thank you!' wall in 12 pt font. Email us a real or business name. See FAQ for more details.

    + Thank you email and update from rescued kitties once we open!

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    + Blue Cat Cafe Coffee Mug
    + Blue Cat Decal Sticker
    + Permanent Name on our Thank You wall

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    + 2 x your pass to any Caturday event:

    - Kitty Masquarade Yarn Ball
    - KittYOGA!
    - 'All The Single Kitties! Date Night'
    - Awkard Kitty Photo Day
    - Any Kitty DIY art Class.

    + *YOUR NAME* on our 'Thank you!' wall in 12 pt font closer to middle of wall.

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    + Kickass Tshirt made in the USA (free shipping)
    + Blue Cat Logo Sticker
    + Your Name on our Thank You! Wall

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    + Special Blue Cat Cafe logo blended cotton "Kickstart More Kitties!" tee.

    + 2 x Kitty Play Passes

    + *YOUR NAME* on our 'Thank you!' wall in 12 pt font closer to middle of wall.

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    + Any Blue Cat Cafe tee
    + Ticket to Grand Opening Event (or other special event)
    + *YOUR NAME* on our 'Thank you!' wall

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    + Permanently personalized KITTY ART with YOUR NAME on our 'Thank you!' wall. We will paint kitties all over our walls! You can come paint your kitty, or have it done by a local Austin artist for you! Your name in 14 pt font or business' small logo will be added permanently on kitty!

    + We will post your kitty to social media, and tag you. We will also send you a copy in the mail of your permanently personalized kitty art!

    + 2 x Kitty Play Passes

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    + Kickass Tshirt made in the USA (free shipping)
    + Mug
    + Blue Cat Logo Sticker
    + Your Name on our Thank You! Wall

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    + SPONSOR A KITTY!
    We will NAME an adoptable kitty in our cafe after a name of your choice. Kitty will personally thank you on social media. Your name will appear under the cat's picture on our '99 PROBLEMS BUT BEING HOMELESS AIN'T 1!' wall!

    + *YOUR NAME* permanently linked to our adoption webpage.

    + 2 Kitty Play Passes to come visit your kitty.

    + *YOUR NAME* on our 'Thank you!' wall in 14 pt font.

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    + SPONSOR A KITTY!
    We will name an adoptable kitty in our cafe after a name of your choice. Kitty will personally thank you on social media. Your name will appear under the cat's picture on our '99 Problems But Being Homeless Ain't 1!' wall!

    + *YOUR NAME* permanently linked to our adoption webpage.

    + Personalized KITTY ART with YOUR NAME on our 'Thank you!' wall. See previous reward and FAQ for more details.

    + Special Blue Cat Cafe blended cotton "Kickstart More Kitties!" TEE.

    + 2 x Kitty Play Passes

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    + Blue Cat Membership Pass! See FAQ for details on a punchable pass good for one full month of visits you can string together all year!

    + Special Blue Cat Cafe blended cotton "Kickstart More Kitties!" tee.

    +*Your name* on our 'Thank you!' wall in 14 pt font. See FAQ for more details.

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    + Sponsor a KITTY HERB Garden with a name of your choice permanently inscribed in a Zen Cat Garden Stone decorated by you or a local artist!

    + Kitty Art with 14 point Font on our Thank you wall!

    + 2 x VIP opening day tickets with Kitty Play Passses included.

    + 2 x Special Blue Cat Cafe blended cotton "Kickstart More Kitties!" tees.

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    + Party! You pick the theme. We provide light snacks, drinks, & party needs.
    + Everyone goes home with a shirt of choice.

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    + SPONSOR a Permanent CATIO in Your Business logo or Namesake. Catios are outside enclosed patios for kitty. Kitties will thank you greatly on social media, and in personalized emails and postcards from time to time on your catio. People passing catios will see your sponsored name permanently.

    + 2 VIP Opening Day Tickets with Kitty Play Passes included.

    + Sponsor a Kitty! See $99 reward for details.

    + Kitty Art! with *YOUR NAME* on our 'Thank you!' wall in 16 pt font.

    + 2 Special Blue Cat Cafe blended cotton "Kickstart More Kitties!" tee.

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    + KITTY LOCK IN!
    We will host a kitty lock in for you and up to 12 of your best friends!!! We will stay up all night with kitties when they are most active.

    + Your name or logo on our wall.

    Out of Towners can donate this reward to Big Brothers / Big Sisters.

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    Updated reward:
    Take over cat cafe for half a day.
    $4000 for full day.
    This can be donated to a group of your choice such as boys and girls club, boy scouts, girl scouts. We will provide the entertainment! Great to donate for field trips, too!
    Up to 40 people allowed. May bump up based on space we get.

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    ROCKSTAR LEVEL.
    Let's build an outdoor music stage, and dedicate it to the rescue of your choice.

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    $60K Goal Reached Updated Reward! We want tons of kitty tunnels and ceiling buildouts for kitties to sprreead out, research new nooks, and WATCH YOU from the eagles nest! Back this reward for a kitty tunnel build out from a local Austin craftsman! Like the stage, we will dedicate it to the rescue of your choice, and will always thank your business, too!

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Funding period

- (60 days)