Sydney’s first ever cat café – space-themed cat café, to be exact – is now open for business.
Catmosphere is home to around twenty adopted cats, who are “actually astronauts that have travelled across the galaxy over millions of light years, just to land on earth and ignore humans,” to quote co-owner Thomas Derricott.
I was lucky enough to visit the place for work before it even opened, but a pre-opening night interview and tour only made me want to visit again. Last night Kate and I treated ourselves to a cuppa and one-hour session with the cuties. The evening is playtime for many of the space cats, so we had ample opportunity to drag pieces of string across the floor and watch eager cats bobbing about after them.
We identified the major challenge faced by cat cafés right away, though. When a cat wants to ignore you, it will. The Catmosphere cats (for their sanity and wellbeing) have plenty of nooks and crannies to retreat to and sleep in, and many of them remained out of reach for most of our visit. While I was a bit sad about only meeting a few of the space cats, it was reassuring to see that they could make up their own minds about how much interaction they have. Many of them are still adjusting to their new Surry Hills café home after all – no doubt they will be more playful as the weeks go by.
My favourite Catmosphere resident is Fuzz Aldrin, second cat on the moon and still pissed off about it apparently. He has lovely pale markings and a really distinctive face. Other real characters are Neil Pawstrong (actually a female cat) and Luke Pawwalker, who has struck up a loving relationship with a large ginger moggy called Major Tom.
You can read more about Catmosphere in my recent interview with owners Thomas Derricott and Wenee Yap. Find Catmosphere on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see hilarious cat memes and photo updates.
– All words and photos: Rosie Pentreath