Cat Cafe does First Dates

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Are you looking for someone special?

Tired of online dating and wanting to try something new?

Then come along to our speed dating night, where you’ll meet 10 single men/women all in your age range.

Unlimited barista drinks and cat cuddles included.

If you wish to take part please download this form:

Cat Cafe First Dates and return it to ellie@catcafe.co.uk.

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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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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Film Nights at Cat Cafe.

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Our film nights run every Friday and Saturday at Cat Cafe.

The ticket price is £15 per person and includes soft drinks, popcorn and a blanket to snuggle up with. Please note that films start at 7:30 PM so we ask that you arrive 15 minutes earlier in order to give us time to check you in before the film begins!

Our timetable is as follows:

February:

3rd / 4th – E.T

10th/11th – Jumanji

17th/18th – Grease

24th/25th – The Lion King

Finish times may vary depending on running length.

All films are shown under licence from FBM.

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Cat Cafe in the press.

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Cat Café in the Press

Never been to a Cat Café before? Cat Café Manchester is part of a growing trend bringing the traditionally Japanese idea of feline relaxation to a UK audience.We want you to be able to step out of the busy city and take some time to relax and recuperate. So what should you expect when you visit us at Cat Cafe?

We are big on comfort here. Think comfy sofas, all-you-can-drink tasty beverages and plenty of company in the form of our kitty residents. Whether you fancy putting your feet up after a long day of shopping, could do with popping in and de-stressing after one too many hours at the office, or simply need that feline fix, we are here for you! Guests pay for the time they spend here with us, with unlimited drinks included free of charge – think of us as a home away from home, with added kitty cuddles.

We have a lovely calm atmosphere full of music, books, coffee and cats – what more could you ask for?! Being the first Cat Café in the North West, we’ve attracted a lot of attention from the media! To get a sneak peak of what we’re all about, check out our recent press coverage below.

BBC North West Tonight:

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We’re really proud to have such great reviews that reflect how hard our staff work every day. Our staff (and kitties!) hope you’ll pop down soon and say hello!

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Cat Cafe Mission Statement

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OUR MISSION

Many people have many questions, and what we seek to do throughout this statement is to make it clear who we are, what we are doing, and why we are doing it. If you know nothing about the concept of a cat café or if you are familiar with the set up but concerned about its execution, this mission statement aims to set your mind at ease.

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats” –
Albert Schweitzer

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A CAT CAFÉ?

It’s just that, a café, with cats. Patrons pay to snuggle up on a cosy sofa and relax with a coffee in the company of our feline friends. A group of ten cats live in the café, full time, and as a customer you can play with them, stroke them, and even have a nap with one if they choose to curl up on your lap. For a few hours in the week you can have a pet. Well you can have ten. All different, and all full of love. You can spend time with cats without the stress of a permanent lifelong commitment. You can have a friend. No strings attached.

WHY?

Because the world is busy. City residents across the globe have busy and stressful lives. Many of us live alone in high rise blocks of flats and apartments without enough time to catch up with friends and family never mind look after a pet. And even if we did have time for a pet, we wouldn’t be allowed. Because landlords say no. Today urbanites work all the hours under the sun and
forget to eat. We sit in traffic. We have to do lists. We stare at the computer screen. Or phone screen. Or TV screen. Or dare I say it, watch screen. We live and die by the clock. We spend most of our time sat at a desk staring outside at the one sunny day of the summer season and wishing things were different. Or, we are wrestling rain sodden commuters on the train as we click a few ‘like’ buttons on social media platforms just to let all our ‘friends’ know we still exist. And then we wonder what is wrong with us. We wonder why we don’t feel happy, why we don’t feel fulfilled. Mental health problems are rising and the NHS doesn’t seem to know what to do.

One in four people are anxious, or depressed, or tired, or are harbouring some sort of personality disorder. People are walking in to a GP’s office and confessing to suicidal thoughts; only to be sent away with the promise of an appointment with the mental health team sometime two years later. Cats transcend stress. They beat us at day to day living. When it comes to living in the moment, to being present, cats win. Cats equal therapy. Stroking a cat reduces your heart rate and your blood pressure. Cats are good for us. Dare I say it, cats can make us happy.

Our aim is to create a relaxed and peaceful space free from stress, where cats and humans can come along side each other away from the world and rest. We are an escape. A safe haven. Cat Café can give you a new perspective, it can make you present, and it can refresh and heal an urban soul.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

At Cat Café Manchester you don’t pay an entrance fee or pay for tea and coffee. Instead you pay for time. When you come into the café you are given a time card and then you are free to spend as much time with the cats as you like with all hot and cold drinks unlimited and free of charge for the duration of your stay. When you leave you pay for the amount of time you spent in the café, which could be ten minutes or two hours, we just charge you to the nearest five minutes. The price is £1 for every 5 minutes, which equates to £12 an hour. So for £12 you get an hour of cat time plus as many hot or cold drinks as you like. We operate both a pre-booking system for customers who would like to book in advance as well as a walk in allocation for customers who want to turn up whenever they feel like it.

The maximum capacity of the Cat Café is twenty people at any one time and we have to stick to this capacity to protect the wellbeing of the cats as well as the quality of the experience. Therefore, we will pre-book ten people every hour, and allocate the remaining ten on a first come first served basis. When you enter the café you will be advised of the house rules (see the rules FAQ) and then taken through to the cloakroom where you can use a locker to store any coats and bags you may have if you wish. You will then be given a pair of slippers to wear in the café, or if you prefer not to
remove your footwear you will be given shoe covers to place over your shoes. You are then free to use the café to relax at your leisure. There will be premium drinks available as well as top quality cakes and snacks. You can pet the cats and play with them as much as you like (or as much as they like, as the case may be).

There are baristas to serve drinks and cat nannies available to answer any questions you may have about the cats. There is also be a tropical fish tank (a favourite of the Manchester cat family), and a book nook such you wish to unwind with a novel. Pop up venture? No thank you. To become a permanent part of any city centre Cat Café has to generate not only enough revenue to operate (which is a substantial amount for a decent premises) but also enough to pay and employ a handful of staff as well as providing the highest level of care for ten cats. We believe we have a solid business plan and enough experience to make Cat Café a permanent resident in your city. What’s unique about Cat Café is that we want to make it part of the local community. We run weekly Cat Yoga classes (yes, yoga, with cats) as well as Mindfulness sessions. We are even planning on doing a Cat Speed Dating once a week, so keep your eyes peeled.

We would also like to give the café to charities on a regular basis. In particular we will be approaching the mental health organisation Mind to offer the café for free to people suffering with anxiety and depression, and a proportion of our profits will be going straight to animal protection charities.

HISTORY & JAPANESE CULTURE

The world’s first ever cat café opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. It was called Cat Flower Garden (later renamed Café & Cats) and quickly became a popular tourist destination, attracting many visitors from Japan and all over the world. Today there are fifty cat cafes is Taipei alone, and the concept was adopted quickly in Japan, where the first cat café opened in Osaka in 2004. Due to Japan’s minimal land space and its booming population, many of the Japanese population live in small apartments or condominiums which do not allow pets. Cat Cafes quickly became a very popular destination for young professionals looking to lap up the companionship and comfort on offer. Tokyo’s first cat café, Neko no mise (Shop of Cats) opened in 2005 and consequently the popularity of the cat café boomed in Japan from 2005 to 2010, where seventy nine cafes opened across the country. Tokyo alone is now home to at least thirty nine cat cafes, where cats provide relaxing companionship to what otherwise can be a stressful and lonesome urban life.

While it may seem at first glance like a gimmicky fad the cafes in Japan seem to attract large numbers of tourists and locals alike. A café in Shinjuku (a large entertainment area in Tokyo) is quite often full of international visitors, but the smaller cafes outside of the tourist hot spots surprisingly attract a lot of Japanese business men, one of whom said the cafes are a great place to relax and forget about work, he said he came at least once a week. The owner of Neko no mise said it is not uncommon for some regulars to take a sick day from work and stay all day. They say they are about to buckle under their work load and need to take some time out. Some regulars come four or five times a week, and others have become so mentally drained from work that they will take extended leave from their jobs to seek comfort and healing.

Cat Cafes are not overly cheap though. On average cat cafes in Japan charge between £6 and £8 for an hour of cat time, with drinks and refreshments available at an additional charge. It is no surprise that the concept of the cat café has risen from Japanese culture. Notoriously the Japanese work very hard, with young professional’s frequently working long hours for low pay. The Japanese do in fact have a word for death caused by working too hard. Karoshi, literally translated as death from overwork. “You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense” – Jane Pauley

CAT WELFARE

What is most important to us at Cat Café is the well-being of the cats and we have taken great care to make sure there are measures in place to protect their happiness and well-being. Firstly, at Cat Café, there are basic rules to prevent cats from being mistreated. Customers are asked not to wake a cat if it is sleeping, not to pick cats up, and not to take photographs using flash photography. This protects cats from unwanted attention. Everything is very much on their terms. The café is their environment and hey have to come to you. There is a room where the cats can get away from people if they want to, and there will be a cat sky run for them to look down on us from on high, should they wish to. The café will be manned 24 hours a day by staff so the cats will never be left on their own. Our cats have a healthy and balanced diet of both wet food, dry food and meat and fish such as chicken, tuna and mackerel. We work hard to recreate the natural hunting environment of the cats by hiding food in the cat runs and using cat tree food dispensers, where they have to paw the food out of the tree in order to eat it. They are also given lactose free cat milk as a treat.

The cats will be regularly visited by an onsite vet and they are all fully insured should they need any treatment. Our cats are groomed every day and some of the more fluffy ones are also bathed once a week. The staff at Cat Café will endeavor to make the cat’s environment as fulfilling as possible on a daily basis. This will include rearranging furniture and sourcing new games and toys for them to play with. They are also given clean bedding regularly and there are plenty of cosy and quiet sleeping spots in the café.

RE-HOMING

Unlike other Cat Cafes, Cat Café Manchester will not be operating as a re-homing shelter. We believe that the constant entrance and exit of different cats will create an unstable environment that is not in the cat’s best interest. All of our cats have been together many months, they are like a family and to separate them from one another would not be a fair or appropriate thing to do. Cats are delicate creatures and you have to work hard to create a group dynamic among cats that works. Bringing adult cats in from new shelters every week would be disturbing for the resident cats and the rescue cats who are in need of a permanent loving home. We believe animal re-homing charities such as the RSPCA and the Cats Protection League already do an outstanding job and it would not be suitable to combine this within a café environment.

Instead we will be supporting local re-homing centres financially as well as displaying adoption boards for cats that need a home within the café. Cat Café are focusing on prevention, not direct cure. The prevention of families and people purchasing cats when their lifestyles are maybe unsuitable is our focus. The reality is that so many of us do not have time to look after our own pets, and we want to encourage people to come to the café rather than purchase a cat of your own if your home life is busy and you work long hours. Our aim, is in fact to reduce the number of people buying pets who do not have the time or the energy to look after them.

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