2 minute read
21 Dec 2018
2:22 pm

Cape Town cat café: a treat for feisty feral felines


Valerie Steinmann’s idea to open a cat café catering to feline patrons was inspired by her Asia travels and her love for rescuing kitties in need.

Two of the 16 cats up for adoption at Cat Heaven. Image: Facebook

Cape Town’s coffee culture just got turned up a notch with the opening of its very own cat café aptly named Cat Heaven.

The epic café is a non-profit organisation, and all proceeds not used for cat food, grooming, and vet bills are donated to animal charities.

According to Nightjar travel magazine, Cat Heaven was started by Cape Town-resident Valerie Steinmann in June after returning from a two-decade travel stint. Asia was particularly inspiring to Steinmann, where cat cafés are a trendy norm.

The founder of Cat Heaven Valerie Steinmann. Image: Twitter/@ecr9495

However, most in Asia have special breeds roaming around, whereas Steinmann’s passion for rescue cats meant she took this idea and applied it to the feral cats of Cape Town. Thanks to Steinmann, 16 free-roaming cats and kittens now call Cat Heaven home.

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Cat Heaven’s residents have an indoor play area full of stimulating toys and treats, as well as an outdoor area with a garden, fresh catnip, and a jungle gym.

Image: Cat Heaven website

Image: Cat Heaven website

Visitors to the café can enjoy a cup of coffee while petting cats that are also up for adoption.

Gigi and Sunshine. Image: Cat Heaven website

People can also browse and shop for a good cause at Cat Heaven’s admirable gift shop.

Steinmann said many visitors were people who were unable to own a cat of their own. Cat Heaven gives them the opportunity to stock up on oxytocin.

All cats at Cat Heaven can also be adopted, giving cat lovers an opportunity to bond with a feline and take it home. All the cats are micro-chipped, insured, groomed, and bathed. And, because of the constant interaction with humans, they are friendly and very adoptable – provided humans adhere to Cat Heaven’s rules, including a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who wishes to cause harm or distress to the cats.

The café itself sells hot and cold beverages, cakes, cookies, biltong, and snacks to its human patrons. It also charges an entrance fee of R20 per hour, which goes towards looking after the cats to ensure they live their best life.

Image: Cat Heaven website

Cat Heaven operates at 35 Bright Street, Somerset West. For more information, call Valerie Steinmann on 083 357 2527, visit their Facebook page or their website.

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