Richelle and Ken Okada are opening a cat cafe in central Hutt.
Cat yoga will likely be on the menu when a cat cafe lastly opens in Decrease Hutt.
Ken and Richelle Okada are battling on with their dream of opening a purpose-built cat cafe and, regardless of dealing with quite a few setbacks, they’re assured the undertaking will ultimately be completed.
Beforehand based in Petone, they closed Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe final June and purchased a two-storey constructing in central Decrease Hutt
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A tenant, Cafe Soleil, is working on the bottom ground and they’re crowdfunding to boost funds to transform the highest storey into a house for cats looking to be adopted.
Finally there will likely be cat climbing furnishings and hiding locations within the partitions, and ceiling, an train wheel, a “catio” (a coated and screened-in deck), magnetic locking system on the doorways, and cozy locations for individuals to lounge and play with cats.
Richelle mentioned the undertaking had proved harder than anticipated and a variety of monetary points had delayed progress, together with their residence in Korokoro proving troublesome to promote.
Useful resource consent was nonetheless wanted and surprising earthquake strengthening brought on additional delays.
When accomplished Neko Ngeru will soak up cats for rehousing. By residing upstairs with the felines, the Okadas can take care of them fulltime and ensure the cats are at all times secure.
The delays had been irritating however Richelle stays absolutely dedicated to the undertaking.
The Petone cafe rehoused 152 cats and she or he mentioned the brand new website can be a giant enchancment. They’d take cats from rescue organisations and assist socialise them so they’re prepared for adoption.
Neko Ngeru may even present cat yoga, cat quizzes, cat bingo, cat-themed video games, cat toy making, film screenings, and talks from specialists in cat behaviour and cat coaching.
Their curiosity in cats got here from a interval spent in China, the place they labored with cat-rescue teams in Shanghai.
They’re hoping to raise $50,000 by crowdfunding.