Kickstarter campaign is cool for cats at the café

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A pair of aninal lovers from Bestwood Village are poised to fulfil their dream of opening a café for pet fans, thanks to an online campaign.

Oliver and Kate Charles-Richards received over £5,500 towards Kitty Café, which is due to open in Nottingham next year, through the online fundraising platform Kickstarter.

Kate (27), of Bowden Avenue, explained the idea behind the café, saying: “You go in and have a cup of tea and cake and there are resident cats.

“Whilst you’re there you can stroke the cats and enjoy your time with them.

“Stroking animals is very therapuetic.

“If you’re having a bad time in your personal life or at work, it’s a little sanctuary to get away from it all.”

The three-storey café in Hockley will have two floors dedicated to between 15 and 20 cats, while the ground floor will be animal-free.”

The cats will be rehomed from catteries in Nottingham, and Kate’s own two 11-week-old kittens, called Popcorn and Hugo, will be the first purring patrons of the place.

Kate said: “Popcorn is a Persian cat and very calm, while Hugo is a Ragdoll cat.

“They are the right breeds for it - they absolutely love to be around people. I have always wanted pets since when

“I was a little girl, but because my parents were out working a lot I wasn’t able to have any.

“Now I am going to be the ultimate crazy cat lady!”

Kate says she was surprised by the response her campaign received on Kickstarter. She said: “I was happy that we got one pledge to be honest!”

The world’s first cat café opened in Taiwan in 1998 and the concept is popular in Japan, with Tokyo being home to at least 39 cat cafés.