Leeds city centre’s local moggies are meowing for joy as the quirky Kitty Café has opened a venue on Kirkgate.
Following the success of its original premises in Nottingham, Kitty Café has opened its doors to cat lovers following a £500,000 refurb of Leeds’ Yorkshire Bank.
CPMG Architects, experts in interior design and architecture, has designed the cat-friendly interior which includes a cat snug, bespoke runs and the UK’s largest cat scratching post. CPMG has designed the full interior, complete with café, kitchen, office, lobby and reception desk. They also completed a full rebrand for the Kitty Café, including a new logo and graphics.
Kate Charles-Richards, who runs the Kitty Café, wanted the café to be as colourful as possible and retain an element of surprise for guests – roaming cats can hang from the ceiling or curl out from under a seat.
Cristina Riley, senior interior designer at CPMG, said: “The Kitty Café was a really interesting project with a very specific brief. It was integral that the cats could easily run from the front to the back of the café. There are bespoke shelves, bridges and posts to ensure that the cats can play and be as active as possible. The bespoke rope scratching post stands over two metres tall.
“The back of house area is designed specifically for cat naps and we even designed a private luxury cat snug, which the cats can access through holes in the wall.”
The café is full of natural, outdoor elements and materials to make the cats feel as comfortable as possible, including birch posts, tree logs and faux greenery. There are large windows to show off the cats to passers-by and an air conditioning unit to maintain a feline-friendly temperature.
Kate Charles-Richards, Kitty Café’s owner, said: “CPMG completed the brief beyond our expectations. Its team got fully on board with the concept of the Kitty Café and were very flexible with the changes we needed to make. They brought fantastic ideas to the table which made the new café even better than we had imagined. We’d love to work with the team again when we expand in 2018.”
While the café element of the business is important, the heart of the company is its cat rescue and adoption service. Kate and her husband Oliver find cats from local rescue centres, train them for four weeks and then welcome them into the Kitty Café family, where they can enjoy strokes and cuddles from customers. Following a thorough vetting, budding cat owners can then adopt one of their very own to take home.