The Cat Cafe

by the-cat-cafe in Birmingham

The Cat Cafe
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The Cat Café is a new cafe opening in Birmingham in which we have many feline friends. Come and enjoy them in a clean, cosy place.

by the-cat-cafe in Birmingham

Project aim:

The Cat Café is a new cafe opening in Birmingham in which we have many feline friends. Come and enjoy them in a clean, cosy place.

About the project:

Welcome:We’ve been planning to open a cat café for a long time now, and have been giving it very careful thought and consideration. There’s a lot to think about with cafes- especially ones containing ten cats- such as health and safety, food hygiene, continued animal welfare- and we’ve planned it all! We could go on and on about all of the small details but we’ll just dish you the good stuff, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us through our facebook!www.facebook.com/TheCatCafeUK

We felt that the presence of a cat cafe in both London and Edinburgh meant that there would be a great place for one in the Midlands.

Motivation:Part of the motivation behind this Cat Cafe is Animal Assisted Therapy. I (Alex) personally have come out of a long term illness in where I was regularly shut in my house. The main thing that kept me going was my cat, and I started to research how animals could help people with their mental and physical illnesses, including patients undertaking physiotherapy, those with learning difficulties, those with anxiety or depressive disorders, and so on. I soon found out this sort of care wasn’t easily accessible, and not everyone has the means to support a pet. I also was fascinated and amazed at the Cat Cafe’s in Japan and this really motivated me to merge the two together. At our Cat Cafe, we will be offering animal assisted therapy for free to those in the local area every day, and really hope to make a real difference in the community.

Location:The Cat Café is going to be a vintage style cafe in central Birmingham, hopefully close to New Street.

Funding:To allow us to secure funding for our central location, we need to raise at least £16,000 to get everything we need - which banks are waiting for us to acquire so we can prove to them how serious we are, move forward with our plans and acquire premises.

So your donations will go towards:

  • Specialist cat advisers on cat welfare in the cafe.
  • Medical expenses and grooming for the cats.
  • Refurbishing the building to make it cat-appropriate.
  • Restaurant equipment, furniture and decor.
  • Cat equipment such as ramps and shelves, beds and bowls.
  • and finally; THE RESCUE CATS themselves!

Your donations can get you some really fantastic rewards including original art and goodie bags and this CrowdFunder is also crucial to give us the help and support we need to start something magical and truly special in Birmingham!

 

Community:We spoke to some lovely people from the Kings Heath Cat Club as well as many excited people from around the city and everyone has been very supportive and interested in having this cafe in the city. We have also had some invaluable help from the community around us, and wish to thank you all for your support. We hope to have a very central location near New Street Station- but out the way of all the hustle and bustle so our cats can have their much needed privacy as well as play time.

Menu:Our menu will have wonderful teas and freshly made barista coffees as well as tasty snacks, cakes and light bites with a selection for Vegans and Coeliacs. We hope to add some light meals and hot food to our selection in the future.

A special service we have planned called 'Mini Morning Meow' will allow our customers to book shorter 15 minute sessions in the morning before work so they can have a fun and furry start to their day!

Decor:The decor inside will be vintage with a black and white theme. This help keeps the environment neutral and allows the cats to relax further. The cats will have all sorts of shelves, posts and climbing apparatus to allow them to move around the cafe, sleep where they wish as well as easily access the back area for feeding, toilet times, and privacy.

The Cat Café:As our cats are indoor cats we will be keeping our cat's claws nice and trim to prevent our customers, us, our furniture and our cat caretaker getting a few scrapes! Animal Welfare is our number one priority and we work closely with vets, animal geniuses and the local community to make sure our cats are well and truly spoilt.

A wonderful position will be open at the cat cafe for our resident Cat Caretaker. This position will involve looking after the cats room and not serving customers. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome those who may not want to work in front of house but still work with the cats. The position is full time so the cats have someone they know in their sleeping and feeding area. The person will have training in cat care and grooming to allow them to provide a premium level of on-site care to our cats. We will also be looking for volunteers and staff nearer to opening our doors.

Thank you very much for your help,

Alexandra & Eric :3

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A thank you for believing in my project!

£8 or more

£8 Reward

The Cat Cafè 3D keyring, designed by our graphic designer and printed just for you! Your name on the donations page of our website.

£12 or more

£12 Reward

Reserved booking at the new cafe with tea or coffee and one of a delicious selection of cakes. A thank you postcard featuring our cats. Your name on the donations page of our website. (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£16 or more

£16 Reward

Reserved booking at the new cafe with tea or coffee and one of a delicious selection of cakes for two! A thank you postcard featuring our cats. Your name on the donations page of our website. (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 per customer to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Reserved booking at the new cafe with tea or coffee for two, with The Cat Café merchandise. Two thank you postcards with our cats on, one for you and one to send. Your name on the donations page of our website. (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 per customer to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£45 or more

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£45 Reward

Original, commissioned cat artwork from our resident artist, in frame, sent straight to your door. Three thank you postcards with our cats on, one for you and two to send. Your name on the donations page of our website. (Option to pick up direct from The Cat Café available)

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

This donation will give 20 local people with mental or physical health conditions a free visit to our cafe with free beverages of their choice. Your name on the top tier of the donations page of our website. The receiver will receive the free beverages during their visit and we will also wave the Cat Welfare Charge for the them.

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

Reserved booking for two at the new cafe with tea or coffee for your visit. An extended stay at The Cat Café. Original artwork from our artist available to pick up from The Cat Café. Two tickets to our opening in Central Birmingham with beverages and snacks! Your name on the top tier of the donations page of our website. (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 per customer to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Your photo with all our cats! (and the owners if you like!) Reserved booking for two at the new cafe with tea or coffee for your visit. An extended stay at The Cat Café. 2 Pieces of original artwork from our artist available to pick up from The Cat Café. 4 Tickets to our opening party in Central Birmingham 4 Goodie bags A personal video from us to say thank you. A plaque on our wall stating your name (or initials) and that you donated. Our undying gratitude! (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 per customer to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

NAME AND SPONSOR A CAT! Name one of our kittens when we get them for The Cat Café. Your photo with all our cats! (and the owners if you like!) Four reserved bookings at the new cafe with tea or coffee for your visit. An extended stay at The Cat Café. 2 Pieces of original artwork from our artist available to pick up from The Cat Café. 4 Tickets to our opening party in Central Birmingham 4 Goodie bags A plaque on our wall stating your name (or initials) and that you donated. A personal video from us and the cats to say thank you. Our undying gratitude! (includes the Cat Welfare Charge of £3 per customer to ensure continuous cat well-being)

£3,000 or more

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£3,000 Reward

Lifetime membership to The Cat Cafe, including free entrance, tea, coffee and cakes/ light bites and extended visits for as long as we are open. Our undying gratitude, plus everything from the previous reward. For extreme cat lovers.

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