The Cat Cuddle Café in Red Hill is a place where the term ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ is a badge of honour. The purrfect space for cat lovers the cafe is run by dedicated volunteers who are making a difference in many-a-moggie’s life.
As someone who travels a fair bit it means I’m not the best candidate for owning a cat or dog. But my recent visit to the Cat Cuddle Café meant I got to hang with some feline friends.
I have to admit I was a little curious… what exactly is a cat café? Who goes there? Would it smell?
I booked a 1pm session at Cat Cuddle Café and was greeted by a smiley lady wearing cat ears. I was asked to read and sign the cat rules which include such things as ‘let sleeping cats lie’.
I joined some others curious folk who had booked for the session and we were shown downstairs to the ‘cuddle zone’, a secure space created especially for the cats.
The space is set up like your lounge, with a couch, dining table, and lots and lots of cat toys. Someone has seriously gone to town creating what must surely be cat nirvana – cat stairs wind up the walls linking several small tunnels, there are scratching posts, boxes, balls and bits of string. And lots of comfy baskets for cats to curl up in. There’s also small outside area where the kitties can catch some sun.
The cup of tea I had ordered on arrival was kindly was brought down for me and I sipped away while introducing myself to all the playful kitty cats.
Several lovely volunteers were there to look after the cats and answer our questions – mainly ‘what’s this cat’s name?’
Pussies Galore (be careful if you google them!) is the not-for-profit that runs the cat café and they also have lots of cats in foster homes.
Today there are 14 cats including Daphne, Hugo and Tyger, all rescue animals up for adoption. Most of them find a new owner fairly quickly and so far 245 cats have been re-homed, which is a lot of happy endings.
A one hour cuddle session at the cat café costs $10.50 and the fee helps to look after the moggies. No, it doesn’t smell, and girls, guys, young and old come to enjoy the kitties.
The cafe can be booked for kids’ birthday parties, there’s also yoga with cats and yarning with cats (knitting with cats and other like-minded cat-people – making cat toys of course!).
So if you’re wondering what life with a cat would be like, or you want to forget your worries awhile, head to the café for a cat cuddle. It will make you happy!
A 1 hour session is $10.50 – bookings required
160 Musgrave Road, Red Hill QLD 4059