There is no time like appropriate meow for Cindy and John Pennington, who plan to open up Tarrant County’s first cat cafe future month.
Casual Cat Cafe will open up someday in July in Richland Hills, Cindy Pennington claimed Tuesday, just east of the intersection of Glenview Travel and Grapevine Freeway. There the couple will foster twelve cats at a time from Richland Hills Animal Services, Hurst Animal Services and Tall Tails Rescue and Transportation.
A cat cafe is a kitty-first atmosphere, whose ultimate objective is to discover homes for cats from its partnering adoption solutions. So the food stuff generally takes a back seat to the purrs and cuddles likely on in the cat lounge.
The Casual Cat Cafe will provide refrigerated beverages and espresso, and is continue to on the lookout for a neighborhood bakery to companion with to convey in all fashion of cat-themed cookies, cupcakes and other sweets.
Food stuff and consume can be introduced into the cat lounge part of the setting up, which will be crammed with couches and cat trees, but cats will not go into the space exactly where food stuff is prepared and offered. The income design for a cat cafe is centered close to a cat lounge entry payment, which Pennington claimed is generally someplace in the space of $10 for an hour of playtime with the kitties.
“We haven’t very figured out what that payment will be at Casual Cat Cafe, but then food stuff and retail assist the business as very well,” Pennington claimed. “We’re really self-confident we’ll be effective.”
The thought for Casual Cat Cafe came all through Cindy Pennington’s time fostering cats for numerous adoption solutions. Monday via Friday, the cat could be a relaxed, purring delight. But Saturday mornings had been earmarked for the dread-inducing adoption function.
“You demonstrate up to a position which is new and loud and noisy, and individuals are sticking their fingers via cages at these cats. A great deal of instances it’s high-quality for the cats, and they get adopted,” Pennington claimed.
“But we have seen in excess of and in excess of once more exactly where the fosters would swear in excess of and in excess of how pleasant this cat is at house, but in an atmosphere like an adoption function, all of a sudden they’re hissing, scratching, hiding in their litter box, and they cannot get adopted simply because individuals assume which is a suggest cat.
“The cat cafe lets them to expertise the most homelike environment as they wait around for their without end house.”
The closest cat cafe is Lewisville’s Charming Cat Cafe. Dallas’ Cat Relationship periodically did cat cafe pop-ups via 2015 and 2016.
Tuesday, the cat cafe was just $310 small of a $three,000 Kickstarter objective that Pennington claimed is earmarked for a protection procedure for the cafe.
Any cash in excess of the $three,000 objective will go to upgrading the cat lounge, Pennington claimed.
“The 1 detail we cannot preserve up with is the number of calls and e-mails about cats needing foster homes,” Pennington claimed. “There’s just not plenty of area for all of them. That’s 1 of the factors I desired to open up the cafe. We can set these cats in a safe space until eventually adoption.’