Hello cat loving people!
Thank you for all your incredible support. We are pleased to say we have successfully exceeded our target all thanks to the kindness and determination for our backers!
We are now working hard to complete our organisational structure, finalise our bank account and view premsies, all before Christmas!
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Thank you x
OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR 7 DAYS!
Where will the money go?
With the £2,000 target the money will be used to adopt and rescue cats, provide veterinary care including microchipping if required and purchase cat supplies such as food, bedding etc to enable the cat cafe to open. We need to ensure we follow the strict rules on cat welfare and health & safety to protect the cats welfare. Our cat play area and shelving units are kindly being donated by a local company.
Will the cats come first?
We are working with local cat rescue organisations in order to obtain their advice on different cat breeds and cat behaviour as well as building a relationship so we can adopt cats from them. The UK cats will be introduced gradually, with us having premises before we officially open and we will only take cats who are unable to go outside or have always been house cats. Again we will take the advice of the cat shelter before taking any cats. Every cat will have ample access to numerous private areas in the cafe.
There are rules in place regarding cat interaction with cat welfare at the heart of everything we do. For example cats cannot be picked up and must initiate contact with guests. Also all cats will be healthy, as well as they can be, when entering the cat cafe.
How we will deal with foreign cats?
In terms of foreign cats we are working with organisations in Greece and Bulgaria to rehome cats who are able to travel to the UK without need for quarantine and with the correct vaccinations and passport. Again these will only be cats who firstly enjoy living with other cats and secondly do not access the outside. When they arrive they will be gradually introduced and we have sought alternative accommodation for them if the cafe doesn't make them happy.
What is our experience?
I am an owner of three cats, you might have seen my Harvey & Bailey in the newspaper and have vast experience in raising kittens including hand rearing and basic vetinary care. Lauren is a specialist in Siamese Cats, having had four, and with Siamese Cats being highly intelligent, vocal and very sociable, Lauren's experience will be greatly needed!
Myself and Lauren are looking into animal care training via our supporters West Suffolk College and one of us will be working in the cafe at all times to ensure the cats are happy and safe. Lauren is trained in Food Hygiene and working with local food companies who will be providing the cakes! We are also going to train an apprentice and support them through Animal Care courses.
As featured in the: East Anglian Daily Times, Dunmow Observer, Stowmarket Mercury, Bury Mercury & RWS Radio!
Catastrophe Cat Café aims to help Cats from neglected pasts find their forever home whilst bringing together a community of kind, like-minded animal-loving people who can play, cuddle and feed the Cats with the option of adopting them. We will be open as a Cafe providing Suffolk's finest organic food and drink to create a safe haven for our customers and cats to engage. Opening March 2017!
Why we want to help
There is a huge number of Cats from around the world that have been abused and ill treated, rescue centres are bursting at the seams! Although there are many charities out there helping these animals regain health and confidence the Cat Cafe genre seems to work with many having a waiting list of over 600 willing adopters.
Here are some examples of the struggles that cats go through;
Before and After treatment and care
Cats found in cages
Cats found dumped in bins
Cats found in the wrong hands
Cats found trapped, scared and frightened
We aim to rescue cats from around the world, help them regain the trust of human beings, increase confidence and live the happy life that they deserve.
The 'Cat Experience'
We will provide the ultimate 'Cat Experience' with all our cats being rescued cats from across the world! We want to create a relaxing environment for human and cat alike to enjoy each other's company without the responsibility. Visitors will get the opportunity to play with our furry friends, but only on their terms. They pick the toys!
Watch their aerial adventures with our huge range of cat assault courses, climbing frames and rope swings whilst sampling some of Suffolk's finest food and drink locally sourced and organic. Sounds puurfect!
What is a Cat Cafe?
The idea of Cat Cafe's came from Asia in 1998 where animal lovers, unable to keep pets due to living restrictions, sought cats as a way to interact with animals and form a relaxing companionship in what could be a lonesome life. The success was huge with Japan now having 58 cat cafes before the craze entered the UK in 2013. We are a country of Cat Lovers with the UK having 9 cat cafes with another 4 coming soon including East Anglia's very first in Bury St Edmunds!
Why are we different?
We are not a typical cat cafe with an abundance of cats (some have up to 50) with stressful, constant changes. We aim to provide a safe, loving environment for rescued cats to gain confidence, express themselves and entertain us all with their personalities.
That said we also wish to provide the ultimate 'Cat Experience' with a range of loving cats from across the world looking for their forever home in a soothing environment providing a large selection of assault courses and ropes for their stimulation. We are working very closely with local animal rescue charities obtaining expert advice and guidance. They are full to capacity with unloved cats and our aim is to help!
We are not for profit and money made will be re-invested in the project. In the long term we aim to engage all the community in our project and to recruit an Apprentice.
We are planning on having regular events with special offers including Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine's Day where we will have themed parties available to the public.
We will also be offering regular days specialised for adults and children with disabilities. These events will enable adults and children with disabilities to interact with the cats and enjoy a friendly relaxing atmosphere.
How can you help?
We are asking for kind hearted cat lovers to please kindly buy an experience. We have a range of reasonably priced cat experiences and are looking for people to help us rescue the cats and create our own cat cafe with the money made. The experiences make a great gift ranging from our VIP Opening Party to Entrance, Tea and Cake. Please lend us a hand, be a part of our future!
Our furry friends are waiting to welcome you.....