The Cat House is a socially-minded, community-friendly, cat-themed arts centre and cat lounge, in lovely Norwich. We help promote and raise funds for local cat rescue organisations and help rescue cats find their forever homes. We are home to 19 cats in the Cat House - most of whom are local rescue cats, all of whom are amazing little characters!
We have been open just 3 months now, since August 2023, and with the amazing support of Norfolk cat lovers we have thrived beyond expectations. This has meant we have been able to build the cats a wonderland of climbing frames and a large catio - an outdoor space for fresh air, birdwatching, sunbathing and exercise.
VITAL OUTSIDE SPACE
We managed to raise around £1500 via a small Crowdfund campaign before we opened, which covered installation of the cat-proof wall panels and a mesh top layer to keep the cats in, but we ran short of funding the roof, which is why we are now seeking help with this expense.
The £2000 will cover the labour costs, the roofing materials, a cat-flap being cut in the glass for access when the door is closed, and the addition of an outside plug point.
NOT ONLY FOR THE CATS
The catio roof will not only benefit the cats, it will also benefit visitors to the cat house, as we will then be able to place a sofa or two out there, along with heated throws, then visitors can sit out even on cold, wet days, with a warm, cosy throw and a cat on their laps, and a mug of hot chocolate/coffee/tea.
We hope to get the roof installed by mid December, which is why we have opted for just a 3 week crowdfund campaign, as time is tight.
We have gained a reasonable quote for the work - the cat-friendly builder is on standby ready to start work asap. So we hope with your help it won't be long before the catio is dry and cosy!
The artwork up for grabs in the prize draw is an A3 print of 'Leaping Cat' which is often used in our marketing and on our social media.
The discount voucher is a 15% off voucher for use at Shellie Wall Photography, in Dereham. They are valid for 12 months. The pet shoots are 45 minutes, and cost £125.00 which includes 5 digital images or mini pet shoots are £99.00 with 3 digital images, so this discount voucher will go towards whichever one of these you choose. Shellie has taken numerous photos of our cats, many of which are on our website and in the art gallery at the Cat House.
Our Cat House mugs and pens have been created specially for this Crowdfunder campaign:
A NEW REWARD AS OF NOVEMBER 26TH:
The lovely Cheryl Cade, a local Cheese, Beer and Gin judge and tour guide, has just donated an amazing gift to be added to the prize draw for the first 3 level pledges: a Norwich Cheese Tour voucher worth £55! This gives it's winner - and a friend - the opportunity to experience a 2 hour cheese tour around Norwich, visiting 4 venues, tastings 5 cheeses and 2 drinks. Alternatively the winner can use the vouchers towards a Beer, Gin or cathedral tour.
Visit www.cherylcade.com for further info.
MEET OUR CATS!
They, and we, are very excited about getting a roof, and we appreciate every penny of funding! With much love from me - Sarah - and the Cat House team: Vicki, Sara, Breagha, Aimee and Jade xxx