Readers might remember that I have been trying for a long time to take a leaping cat photo that really captured a happy spirit and that was reasonably sharp! I wrote about tips to take better fast photos, and want to share my most successful cat jump to date with my DSLR.
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As I mentioned, my local cat cafe is moving. They want to find a more central location in Wellington where many of their customers are based. The past week has been a busy one as they sell off stock and finalise homes for the last of the kittens at the cafe before leaving the space to search for their cafe dream home.
I will share a couple of early cat cafe photos to celebrate the cafe but first I want to share the fun of jumping kitten photos taken in the past weeks. Sir Hillary is a lively grey and white kitten. He and his sister Diamond came to the cat cafe as the final adoption intake but will return home as their foster fell in love with them so they are ofiicially ‘foster fails’.
Sir Hillary the Leaping Cat
This happens to fosters at the cafe, I was told. Sometimes the foster forms such a strong bond with a cat or kitten that they are given a chance to adopt them. It does not happen often but it happened to these two.
Back in Time with Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe
I was one of an army of volunteers who painted walls, shifted furniture and got the cafe ready for its opening in 2017 and the arrival of cat-loving patrons. This was a new venture near the capital and everyone was so excited. Cat cafes had been opened previously in Auckland, and Christchurch now it was Wellington’s turn.
Since then the adoptions have not stopped, except for New Zealand’s lockdown when the cafe made sure all the kittens and cats were safely rehomed.
Cats who were resident from the early days include cheeky Chenzou, who was not meant to stay but loved the cat cafe so much, he worked there on a temporary basis for a long time. He was also the subject of my Cat Writers’ Association prize-winning portrait in 2019.
Connor, who came in like a frightened lion, leaves today (Sunday 13th June) for his new home as the calmest Zen Master of the cat cafe. As ‘Uncle Connor’ to all the kittens he restored order and calm and comforted kittens as they snuggled with him. He has been adopted with his best friend Tiger Lily who was ‘lady boss’ cat at the cafe.
I have nearly 1,000 photos (good and bad) of cats and kittens who passed through the cafe during their stay in Petone. Now the cafe looks for a space in the city of Wellington where they hope to give purr therapy to even more people. The welcome will be just as warm, the food just as delicious and the leaping cats and kittens just as entertaining.
I will miss visiting every week, and seeing calm Connor and the scampering kittens. I will also miss seeing the older adults who the cafe was able to rehome. My camera practice will not be as much fun without my friends at the cat cafe but it has been so much fun so far. I can’t wait for Neko Ngeru Wellington!
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