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$2,490
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Last updated June 9, 2017

The Casual Cat Cafe

A Cat Cafe start-up in DFW; we plan to offer local food, beverages, and cat themed items along with cuddle time with adoptable cats!

The Casual Cat Cafe

A Cat Cafe start-up in DFW; we plan to offer local food, beverages, and cat themed items along with cuddle time with adoptable cats!

$2,490
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 17 2017 12:19 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 9, 2017

About

Our Mission

Our mission is to help homeless cats and kittens find their loving forever homes in a comfortable and stress-free environment. The Casual Cat Cafe plans to offer customers the unique experience of a lazy afternoon at home with tasty food and beverages and a sweet fluffy cat companion at your side. We will have two distinct portions of our business, a cafe and a cat lounge. The cafe will offer tasty food and beverage selections and will also offer many cat accessories and cat themed items such as clothing, accessories, and locally sourced art and crafts for sale. The cat lounge will be a relaxing atmosphere where you can sit with and play with cats that are also available for adoption. We feel this setting provides the best possible way for a customer to get to know a potential new member of the family

What is a Cat Cafe?

A Cat Cafe is a space that combines a cat adoption facility with a place to hang out, enjoy food, beverages, and the company of cats! All of the cats are free roaming, meaning they are not confined to cages, and are also adoptable. So if you happen to meet that purrfect kitty at the cat cafe, you can adopt them as a permanent family member!

 Who are Cat Cafes for?

Everybody! Many different people are drawn to Cat Cafes as they offer such a unique and adorable experience. This includes people who love cats but:

  • Live with someone who is allergic
  • ARE allergic (they can watch the cats playing in the cat lounge from the cafe through our glass divider wall)
  • Are renting a place with a no pet policy
  • Are not ready for the commitment of owning a cat
  • Have a physical or mental disability which makes owning and caring for a cat difficult or impossible
  • Own their own cats at home but just love to visit more cats!

Of course, Cat Cafes are also the best way to find a cat if you are looking to adopt one into your home. This is because the Cat Cafe setting allows you to really see and experience a cat's personality. 

 What do you do at a Cat Cafe?

A Cat Cafe offers the community a public space to hang out in and relax. You can come and enjoy the food and drinks while curled up with a cat, bring a group of friends and catch up or play a board game. Need a place to study or read a book? What better place then while relaxing with a cat. We plan to stock our cat lounge with many different books and games all about cats!

 Do cats like to be in a Cat Cafe?

Cats are social creatures but many cats in shelters spend the majority of their day alone and without human touch. A cat cafe provides an enriching environment to keep the cats active. The cats will also be able to get as much love and attention from people as they want! We will also have a private cat area not open to the public in case a cat decides they need some alone time away from people. 

 What are the benefits of a Cat Cafe?

Cat Cafes offer many benefits to the community. The obvious benefit is for the cats who will enjoy comfortable surroundings as they wait to be adopted. A Cat Cafe also benefits the community by providing a public space to hang out by yourself, with friends, or catch up on some reading or homework all in the company of cats. Cats also provide many health benefits. For example, petting cats creates a calming effect and reduces stress and anxiety, and lowers blood pressure. Also, exposure to cats results in increased resistance to allergens, decreasing risk for developing allergies and asthma. These benefits from Cat Cafes are especially important for people who may not be able to have a cat at home. 

 The people behind The Casual Cat Cafe

We are a husband and wife cat-saving team, John and Cindy! We have three cats of our own (as represented in our logo) and have been involved with cat fostering and rescue since 2008. During that time we have probably fostered well over a hundred cats as they try and find their forever home. Cindy is also involved in a national deployment-rescue organization. She is deployed to help out in animal welfare situations caused by natural disasters, hoarding situations, and puppy-mill cases.  

Our love for cats started when adopting our first cat together, Kitten. She is a silver Egyptian Mau mix. A couple years into fostering we came across Nice Guy. He is a black DSH who came to the rescue in bad shape with a broken pelvis and a larger area of skin and hair rubbed raw on his side and legs. He had a very difficult time at adoptions even though he was such a sweet kitty at home. We also noticed how nice and loving he was with new foster kittens. We decided he had found his forever home with us! Sweet Pea is our brown tortoise shell feral. She was trapped by a local woman who had been feeding her and noticed she was pregnant. We volunteered to foster her through her pregnancy and help adopt out her kittens into good loving homes. After her kittens were raised, Sweet Pea was spayed and ear tipped as she was a feral cat and planned to be re-homed to a barn. However, we fell in love with her sweet nature and realized in the time she spent living in our home she actually became scared of the outdoors and would stay very far away from any open exterior doors, so we decided she could just join our family! We don't see her too much and she will never be a lap cat (still too much feral in her) but she is our Sweet Pea!

 How will Kickstarter funds be spent?

All funds received through Kickstarter will be used in the build-out of the perfect space! Due to local health code we are required to install a costly but beneficial ventilation and HVAC system which will be a significant expense. Additional funds will be used for the build out and furnishing of the cafe and cat lounge. 

 

Risks and challenges

The cat cafe concept is new to the U.S. which poses a challenge as cities do not currently have ordinances and zoning in place for such a use. We have been in touch with several city planning departments and health departments in the DFW area to ensure open communication and that we are following all necessary rules. However, as this is new territory for us and the city we open in, this will be a learning process for both.

We also risk a failed Kickstarter campaign which could delay or greatly impact the ability to open and be able to serve the DFW area. Ultimately we are counting on the support of our community of cat lovers to help make The Casual Cat Cafe a reality. We are advertising on Facebook and have reached out to several news organizations to help spread the word. However, a failed kickstarter campaign would indicate to us that there may not be enough interest to support a unique business like a cat cafe.

Another challenge we face is finding the perfect location for the cat cafe! DFW is such a large area and we'd like to find a place to best serve as many people in the DFW area as possible. We definitely welcome you to leave a comment along with your pledge letting us know what city/area of DFW you would love to see a cat cafe.

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    Tote-tally Awesome!

    Donations of this level and higher will receive our awesome The Casual Cat Cafe cotton tote bag! You will also receive all the rewards below this level.

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    Laser-iffic Supporter!

    You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned plus our terrific laser pointer pen! Cat's love chasing the laser on this pen and when you are done playing with the laser you can use the pen to write an awesome love poem for your cat :) If you do not have a cat and would prefer our Live, Love, Rescue necklace instead please just let us know and we'll swap those out for you.

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    Coast-tastic!

    You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned plus a set of 4 handmade crochet cat coasters!

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    Cafe visit for 2!

    You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned plus 2 tickets to visit The Casual Cat Cafe and two free beverages! Bring a friend or come twice, its up to you :)

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    Party and Swag Bag!

    You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned plus an awesome Casual Cat Cafe t-shirt to complete your bag-o-swag and invitation to our pre-open party!

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    • Pre-Open party + T-Shirt
    • Cafe for 2
    • Cat Coasters
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    Bronze Supporter!

    Wow! Thanks so much for all the love! You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned plus your name, business name, or pet name will be mentioned at the bronze level on our supporter page, you will receive a free month pass to visit the kitties whenever you want and the 'Cafe for 2' reward will be doubled to a 'Cafe for 4'!

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    • Pre-Open party + T-Shirt
    • Cafe for 4
    • Cat Coasters
    • Laser Pointer Pen (or Live, Love, Rescue Necklace)
    • Cotton Drawstring Tote Bag
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    Silver Supporter!

    Amazing! Thanks so much for all the love! You will receive all the rewards previously mentioned at the Bronze Supporter level plus you will be able to reserve the Casual Cat Cafe for a private party for your guests. The size of the space secured will determine guest limit. Plus, your name, business name, or pet name will be mentioned at the silver level on our supporter page.

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    • Reserve The Cat Cafe
    • Free Month Pass
    • Pre-Open party + T-Shirt
    • Cafe for 4
    • Cat Coasters
    • Laser Pointer Pen (or Live, Love, Rescue Necklace)
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    Gold Supporter

    We can't thank you enough for all the support! But we'll try by offering you all the rewards at the silver level plus 1 year of free cat cafe visits; in addition, your name, business name, or pet name will be mentioned at the gold level on our supporter page!

    Includes:
    • Free Year Pass
    • Reserve The Cat Cafe
    • Pre-Open party + T-Shirt
    • Cafe for 4
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Funding period

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