Catfé is one part cafe, one part foster home for cats, and all parts community gathering space for cat lovers in Vancouver in need of some quality kitty time. We first told you about the Vancouver Cat Cafe plans earlier this year. They’ve now launched an Indiegogo campaign to round up some funds to make this a reality.
They will have a colony of adoptable cats living onsite, and will offer drinks and snacks, wifi access, a library of books and boardgames and a lounge area for hanging with the kitties. It will be a community space that feels like an extension of your living room, except with a whole lot of cats!
Cat cafes are really popular in Japan, and there are quite a few scattered across Europe and the UK as well. The concept is fairly new to North America, with several cat cafes set to open this year in San Francisco, Oakland, Montreal, and more.
Inspired by its predecessors, Catfé will be a space where animal lovers looking for some feline socializing can go to get their kitty fix. And all of the cats will be available for adoption, so it’s kind of like a glorified cat shelter as well.
To comply with food safety regulations, the building will be split into two separate spaces: the cafe area, and the cat area. Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed that as long as the cafe and the kitty lounge have separate entrances, and a wall completely separating the two spaces, they are good to go.
The genius behind this idea is Michelle Furbacher. She’s been a cat lover her whole life, from the magical moment in the first grade when she first met the family’s new kitten, through my fastidious collection of Garfield books and the “Punk Cats” poster that adorned my pre-teen bedroom wall.
The Indiegogo Campaign:
Where is the money going?
Your contribution will go towards the start-up costs of the business, as well as the first month’s operations budget. But the money you spend will also buy you exclusive perks (check them out over on the right)!
Start-up costs include: construction (installation of extra walls and doors within the space, a wall with a window perch separating the cafe and cat area, impermeable flooring and finishing, sectioning off foyers for added cat security); plumbing (installation of sanitation station, cafe sinks and kitty fountain); a heavy-duty ventilation system for the litter box room; a washer and dryer; furnishings (desks, tables, kitty-proof chairs and couches, scratching posts, kitty climbing shelves and concourses); other cat-related things (litter boxes, cat beds, grooming supplies, toys); wifi installation; a POS system; permits and licenses.
Monthly operations include: rent; heating and electricity; insurance; staff wages; cat care; food and merchandise costs; cleaning and sanitation supplies.
Perks for you include: depending on the amount you spend, you can get free visits, exclusive Catfé buttons and stickers, calendars and T-shirts, cat sitting and photography deals from Smitten Kitten Cat Sitting, advertising and sponsorship deals, a private party for you and your friends… you can even buy a lifetime membership with unlimited free entry!
You can donate to the Vancouver Catfe campaign here.
Cat Cafe via shutterstock