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Meet the Cats: Ygritte

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Ygritte is one of two Norwegian Forest Cats here at Cat Cafe Manchester and is our resident Boss Cat. She was actually one of the first cat owners Ellie & Sarah adopted! She has a very caring nature and quickly became ‘mum’ to any new arrivals. Although you may initially think she’s a little reserved, take the time to give her a cuddle and she will really come out of her shell. She is very popular with customers and staff alike and can often be seen wandering around the cafe greeting newcomers. Norwegian Forest Cats are typically intelligent and sensitive and this means that Ygritte is very aware of the atmosphere in the cafe.  She’s definitely one of our nosiest cats! Ygritte always has her eye on the other cats to make sure they’re happy. She’s also a firm favourite with staff and will poke around the cafe every few hours checking that everyone is working hard!

Keira is probably Ygritte’s best friend in the cafe and they can often be found snuggling up together in the cat room. If you’re lucky you might even get to see them cleaning each other which is always cute to watch. Aslan is another close friend of Ygritte’s. Although he can be one of our quieter cats, she definitely manages to bring out the softie in him. Our second Norwegian Forest Cat, Darcy, is also very close to our lovely Ygritte; it’s adorable to watch her cuddling a mini kitten version of herself! It’s worth nothing that you may see the occasional scuffle between her and a few of our other kitties. If you do see this, try not to worry too much – some of the younger cats like to try and challenge Ygritte’s authority from time to time although she’s always sure to remind them of who’s boss!

Although Ygritte is often more of an observer, she can be very playful if you waggle a toy skillfully enough! She’s a big fan of anything she can chase so be sure to grab a cat toy if you see her nearby. Don’t be upset if she doesn’t seem too interested though – she may just be sussing you out and giving you a warm welcome to the cafe from the boss herself!

For more information on Ygritte and our other cats, please visit our website at http://catcafe.co.uk/cat-cafe-family/.

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Film Nights – June 2017

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Our film nights are running every Friday and Saturday throughout June! We are showing the following films:

Friday 2nd June / Saturday 3rd June – The Aristocats

Friday 9th June / Saturday 10th June – The Lion King

Friday 16th June / Saturday 17th June – The Little Mermaid

Friday 23rd June / Saturday 24th June – Beauty and the Beast

Tickets cost £15 per person and include popcorn, a drink and a blanket to snuggle under!

Please book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–manchester/cat-cafe-manchester-film-night/?mode=search or by giving us a call on 0161 222 4960.

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Film Nights – May 2017

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Our film nights are back! We are showing the following films:

Friday 5th May / Saturday 6th May – Aristocats

Friday 12th May / Saturday 13th May – The Lion King

Friday 19th May / Saturday 20th May – E.T

Friday 26th May / Saturday 27th May – Grease

Tickets cost £15 per person and include popcorn, a drink and a blanket to snuggle under!

Please book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–manchester/cat-cafe-manchester-film-night/?mode=search or by giving us a call on 0161 222 4960.

 

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Be More Cat

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Although we do have our House Rules, we’ve also created a few top tips for playtime and snuggles with our cats…

Let the cat come to you… Cats have evolved to treat uninvited advances with suspicion, so sit back with a coffee, relax, and let them do their thing.

Be sniffed… To a cat, it’s all about smells. Unlike humans, cats have poor eyesight up close so instead they rely on an advanced sense of smell. Gently hold out your hand and let the cat sniff you – if they want to be stroked they will nuzzle your hand or jump onto your knee.

 

 

 

 

 

Be observant… A ‘tail up’ gesture as a cat approaches is a friendly greeting. Other signs of affection include rubbing around legs or hands, purring, or making a ‘chirrup’ sound as they approach. A cat may also groom or lick you – this is a sign they want to be your friend.

Don’t grab… Generally cats prefer to be stroked on their heads around the cheeks, ears or under the chin. Fewer than one in ten cats like to be stroked on the belly or near the tail.

Blink… Slowly blinking when you make eye contact with a cat is a sign of submission. Staring or maintaining eye contact can be read by cats as an impending sign of aggression.

Please don’t force love on our cats – the cafe is their home and sometimes, like humans, they prefer to be left alone. 

 

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Student Discount

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Did you know that we offer student discount* at Cat Cafe? If you’re looking for the puurfect way to relax from studying then snuggles with our cats may be just the thing! Did you know that stroking a cat can help to lower both your heart rate and blood pressure? This makes kitty cuddles the perfect antidote to exam stress. Cat cuddles can also help to produce the ‘happy hormone’ oxytocin which causes a reduction in overall stress and is a great mood booster. We’re open from 9-7 PM on the weekend and 10-7 PM on weekdays if you need a bit of respite. If you’d like to pop down to meet the cats, we charge £1 for every 5 minutes per person with all drinks included. Alternatively you can make a booking for £12 per hour per person with all drinks included at http://catcafe.co.uk/bookings/. It’s hard to procrastinate when you’re paying for your time so you might finally get that essay done!

 

* Student discount is offered Monday-Friday with a valid in-date student ID.

Meet the Cats: Snowy

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Lovely Snowy is a favourite of staff and customers alike; she’s a Snow Bengal with a huge personality.

Snowy can often be found sitting on one of the front tables as you enter the cafe. She loves to say hello to people so feel free to go over and have a cuddle, however please be aware that Snowy is actually blind. Because of this, it’s especially important to let her sniff your hand before you start stroking her so that she can ‘meet’ you and feel comfortable. We also really emphasise the importance of not crowding around Snowy as she can sometimes get overwhelmed if there are lots of people around her at once. Having said that, she does love a snuggle and if you’re lucky she might even give you a lick!

Snowy can also be extremely vocal at times! You might hear her let out quite a grumpy meow if any of the staff pick her up as she can get a little confused as to where she is once she is lifted off the ground. She will also occasionally grumble at one of the other cats if they startle her – apart from this, her lack of sight doesn’t bother her much at all. We don’t move our furniture around very much so she’s gotten used to where everything is and doesn’t have any trouble finding her way around!

If you want to play with Snowy then finding a noisy toy is your best bet. She’s a big fan of straws, ping pong balls and anything which she can try and catch. Tapping the ground around her will let her know that you have a toy and want to play – if she seems interested then just persevere and it won’t be long before she is trying to grab it right out of your hands!Snowy is very affectionate with lots of the other cats but her best friends are Keira and Ygritte. Her and Keira can often be found snuggled up together in the cat room, and Ygritte is always keen to lend Snowy a hand navigating her way around the cafe.

For more information on Snowy and our other cats, please visit our website at http://catcafe.co.uk/cat-cafe-family/.

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Meet the Cats: Harvey

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Harvey is one of two Ragdolls here at Cat Cafe Manchester.

He has earned the affectionate nickname of ‘corridor cat’ as his favourite pastime is rolling around in the corridor outside the cafe once we are closed! Although Harvey loves the cafe, he tends to be at his happiest when flopped on the floor having belly rubs. When he isn’t in the corridor, Harvey can also be found being driven around in his Cat Mobile. He doesn’t even need any treats to motivate him; he’ll happily hop into the car and wait for you to start driving it around!

We were recently lucky enough to get Harvey involved in a proposal here at the cafe; he drove up to the happy couple with the wedding ring next to him in the car! It was very cute watching him getting involved in their special day. He was an absolute star and we really hope he added something magical to the moment.

Harvey definitely likes to play when he is in the mood but, being a Ragdoll, he is often happy just relaxing and watching the world go by. If you’d like a cat to snuggle up next to you while you enjoy a coffee, Harvey is the one for you! The cat treats we have available to purchase also tend to be a big hit with him – he is usually first in line when there are Dreamies around.

Out of all of our cats, Harvey has one of the most gentle natures. We recently introduced three new kittens to the cafe and Harvey has been a wonderful ‘cat dad’ to them, giving them lots of cuddles and helping them settle into the cafe. You might also notice his eyes are sometimes a little gunky; Harvey suffers with cat flu which flares up from time to time. Sadly this can be quite contagious so it occasionally gets passed to our other cats – our Cat Nannies have had to become experts at administering eye drops into the eyes of poorly cats!

Georgina is Harvey’s best friend here in the cafe. She loves snuggling up to him and washing his poorly eye. Wherever you see Harvey, Georgie is most likely not far behind!

For more information on Harvey and our other cats, please visit our website at http://catcafe.co.uk/cat-cafe-family/.

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Cat Yoga

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Fancy getting fit for the New Year? Our Cat Yoga classes run on Monday evening at both 7:15pm and 8:30pm. The class lasts one hour and yoga mats and water are both provided.  The classes are run by the wonderful Kate Sassanelli and provide a 60 minute workout for both mind and body.
The sessions are safe practices that will make you sweat and work hard, connecting breath with movement. They combine elements from Vinyasa and Yin Yoga with traditional exercise, linked
together in a series of poses that improve strength, flexibility, endurance and balance – all whilst releasing the day’s stresses and strains! Kate’s classes are about exploring your limits physically and mentally, working all parts of your body equally, to create balance that will compliment other activities of daily life. The classes are offered in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere with the added benefits of interacting with our resident cats! What more do you need at the end of your day?
Our classes are open to all levels, including complete beginners.
Please arrive ten minutes before the class start time to allow for a prompt start.
Mats, straps and water are provided but feel free to bring your own.
To book, please visit our website at http://catcafe.co.uk/cat-cafe-events/.
 
 
 
If you have any concerns regarding regarding physical limitations or injuries please contact Kate on:
Email – Katesassanelli@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook – Kate Sassanelli Personal Training
Instagram – KateSassanell
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Kids and Cats

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Did you know that Cat Cafe was recently featured on Newsround? Just click on our lovely Stanley below to check out the video:

While we’re sadly unable to allow children under 10 into the cafe for a normal session, we do run Kids & Cats sessions every other Saturday morning. These run from 8-9:00 AM and are perfect for any little ones aged 4-9. Kids & Cats costs £12 per adult and £6 per child, with unlimited drinks for the hour included free of charge. Our Cat Nannies will be on hand during the hour to help kids get to know the cats, so you can sit back with a coffee while they get their fix of cat cuddles! We also offer optional crafts so your child can settle down with some colouring, cutting and sticking, or even make a cat toy to take home with them.

Interested in coming along? We do ask that you pre-book for Kids & Cats, so please visit our website at http://catcafe.co.uk/cat-cafe-events/ or alternatively give us a call on 0161 222 4960. 

 

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