It’s a special relationship between humans and cats. One that dates back 10,000 years to the earliest developments in civilization. Unlike say dogs or horses, however, this relationship mainly benefits our cute furry friends. We give shelter and food in return for what? Very cute, fuzzy scamps that don’t respond well to commands. But that’s kind of why we love them, right?
Of course, not everyone has the space, the time or financial means to own a cat. Living in a city like Birmingham, just the thought of our little mouser running into a busy road makes us squirm. But we might have found the next best option. Somewhere to get comfy, have a warm coffee and cuddle up with some feline friends.
Kitty Cafe is more of a cat rescue centre than it is a coffee shop. The feline-focused cafe offers care and a chance at rehoming for rescues, strays, and cats with medical issues. With wide open spaces and plenty of toys, this is a true playground for pussycats until they find someone new to take them in. That’s not to say humans are left out. Comfortable sofas and armchairs offer a wonderful relaxation spot as well.
The menu meanwhile boasts everything from pizza to paninis, cheesecake to red velvet cake. It has everything you might expect from your other favourite cafes – except maybe an added kitty dangling overhead in play. There’s also an option for afternoon tea for two, for £21.95, filled with freshly prepared sandwiches; scones with cream and jam; cakes, desserts, and a choice of loose leaf tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
While good food and drink is important, it’s really all about the cats. From the marmalade-coloured Tigger to tabbies like Hagrid and Mash, each cat is as friendly, playful and loveable as the next. It’s enough to make you consider adopting one as your own. But if you still can’t face bringing one home, Kitty Cafe also offers a Kitty Membership for those frequent returners.
Unfortunately you can’t just wander in and you will have to pre-book a table. Bookings are for one hour, but can be extended if you wish. To help support the cats’ well-being, there is also a £7 welfare charge per adult and £5 per child. To find out more head here.