Research suggests no more than 10 cats at a time for group-living situations. We will be following the guidelines and standards of care from The Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
We will be partnering with a local San Francisco cat rescue, which will determine cats that are an appropriate fit for the cafe.
This really depends on the space we end up leasing. We are hoping to lease a minimum of 1,600 square feet, which would allow 30-35 people in the kitty tea lounge at a time. The space will never be crowded or chaotic.
Our resident cats will be selected based on their personalities and whether they have been socialized to be comfortable around both humans and other cats. We will also have a period of introduction, so the cats can get used to one another's scents, general presence, and so on. Any new cat will have a slow introduction to the current cats living at KitTea. The space will also be laid out in such a way that each cat will have numerous areas to make their own territory. There will also be a separate, “feline’s only” area for cats to rest in apart from humans.
The reality is, that our cat oasis will be the ultimate nirvana in comparison to being left in a cage with an uncertain future, which is their fate if they are left at a city shelter. Everyone connected to this project is a devoted cat parent and animal defender. We truly want what is best for the cats.
We have a feline vet and feline behaviorist who will be advising us along the way. One of our main priorities is knowing that we are practicing healthy routines and cleanliness for the cats. All cats will have a clean bill of health, along with being current on all vaccines and spayed/neutered before entrance to the cafe. Our tea prep is in an entirely separate room as the kitty tea lounge and will be up to the healthy standards of San Francisco's Food Safety Program.
No; the well-being of the cats comes far before the business of tea. This is a passion project that is very close to our hearts. A percentage of our proceeds will be going towards the cats and their daily care, and we will be working hard to responsibly find each cat a happy home -- one that is a good fit for both human and feline.
We are still in the process of scouting and negotiating potential spaces in desirable neighborhoods. Like us on Facebook and message us if you hear of a space you think we should check out.
That really depends on the sort of renovations that will be needed for our chosen space. We are really hoping for summer 2014.
Clean and free-flowing water.
High quality food with strict feeding guidelines personalized for each individual cat's dietary needs.
Daily behavioral monitoring by a trained member of staff.
A safe and enclosed area to prevent any escape artists from putting themselves in danger.
Protection from fleas and a watchful eye for ear mites.
A very comfortable "felines only" room that will be quiet and human-free for the cats who are feeling a little less social.
An entire wall for climbing and an entire wall for scratching.
Comfortable sleeping beds and perches.
Natural sunlight to stretch out and nap.
A whole lot of loving visitors and playmates (aka YOU!)
Any cat that seems frequently unhappy or stressed and is unable to adapt to group-living lifestyle will be responsibly rehomed.