The first Wellington cat cafe is preparing for its grand opening. So, I now have cat cafe near me! Join me for an exciting inside peek and watch the dream unfold at the Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe.
The Cat Adoption Cafe Fun Begins
The pet safe paint is dry, the shiny coffee making equipment installed. The delicious coffee and cakes are arriving, and the cats are settling in for opening on the 18th of November 2017.
Why Neko-Ngeru you ask? It seems a strange combination of words. Actually no. Neko is Japanese for cat, Ngeru is Maori for cat. The cafe is in New Zealand which is home to the Maori nation, and proprietor Ken Okada is Japanese. Both he and his wife Richelle (from the USA) felt they should honour cats and their adopted country. Now the name makes sense!
Where is Neko-Ngeru?
You can’t miss Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe at 291 Jackson Street, Petone. It has a friendly awning of red and white stripes, and their distinctive graphic over the big window. The main focus of the cafe will be delicious food, friendly company and the adoption of local cats into the communities of Wellington and the Hutt Valley. All the cats come from local rescues.
The cat cafe layout is spacious and comfortable with plenty of high perch points for snoozing, and lower cuddle opportunities for cat fans.
Meet the owners of the Wellington Cat Cafe
Owners Richelle and Ken Okada, both international teachers, have travelled the world. They fell in love with New Zealand on their trips here. It is, they decided, the best place to put down roots.
As the couple both love cats, and enjoyed the cat cafes they visited worldwide, the idea of a cafe with a strong adoption focus was born.
Treats at Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe include:
- The gorgeous cat playroom with handcrafted cat furniture by The Valley Craftsman
- includes delicious coffee from Revive
- Gorgeous cakes from Tom Brinkel
- Dazzling hand painted murals by local artists. (see the video!)
- Gorgeous ‘hard to find’ cat themed gifts including special imports from Japan!
Customers can come and pay for on hour’s access to the cat playroom. Or, they can relax and enjoy the wonderful refreshments on offer.
Why a Wellington Cat Cafe?
Some people live in rented accommodation and landlords are reluctant to allow cats. Others are apartment dwellers who don’t feel they have enough room for a cat to play. For these people a cat cafe is the perfect place to get their ‘kitty fix’.
It’s also a haven for visitors missing their fur families at home, and for those who love cats but have allergies. Many ‘allergic’ people can often tolerate a short snuggle period with cats.
For adoptions, the cafe offers the opportunity to meet cats that have been well socialised at the cafe. The cats available for adoption are confident, and happy. Cats are microchipped, vaccinated and neutered, and ready to meet potential adopters. To find out more about a particular cat, staff members will be ready to make introductions for you.