GRIN like a Cheshire cat, Cat Cafe Manila is now open!
After months of careful planning and thoughtful work, the people behind this second of its kind cat cafe in Metro Manila have built a beautiful shop for the comfort and enjoyment of their resident cats and guests alike.
The 36-sqm cat-themed coffee shop features a well-designed haven and playground for its first batch of cats – all of which are rescued domestic cats or Puspin (Pusang Pinoy) from CARA Welfare Philippines.
“Our priority is to promote animal welfare, cat equality and breed equality,” said Denis during a first exclusive interview with MetroPets. “We are open to having other breeds of cats in the future but, for now, our focus is featuring the rescue cats that can be put up for adoption,” he added.
Denis is positive that an all-Puspin cat cafe can attract people to visit because the “Puspins are also pretty and lovable,” he said.
As cozy and pretty as it is, Cat Cafe Manila is still in its soft opening phase. But its cats – Bicco, Mama Cat, Oreo, Trigger, LingLing, Shairah, Chaka, Monching, and Sasha – have happily settled in and are ready to meet new friends.
The cafe is open from 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It has an occupancy limit of 15 persons per hour, and each guest has to pay the P200 admission fee. “Half of the amount will go to our cats for their food, litter and medical expenses, while the other P100 guests can use to partly pay for drinks, food or goods,” explained Denis.
A veterinarian from CARA is scheduled to check on the cats once a month. As an added security, the cafe has installed a Closed Circuit TV so they could keep an eye on the cats all the time.
For now, Cat Cafe Manila has one full-time barista, an all-around staff and two “cat ambassadors” who will be on hand to assist customers and ensure the safety of cats, so everybody will have a good experience. As it happens, the cat ambassadors' names are Katrina and Kathrina, which follow the cafe's cat theme.
Aside from the endearing Puspins, the cafe's thoughtful interior design, carried out with the cats in mind, is also an attraction in itself. The centerpiece is a wall made of wooden pallets that holds movable cat furniture from Kittytektura and serves as cat ladder, too.
The corner shop is full of items that cat lovers will want to buy. Denis said they sourced a good number of their cat merchandise from abroad.