Wanna take a break from the office? Feel like playing with toys? Well, this is one way to do it! - especially for all your pet friendly, cat lovers out there!
I went with Mr. Bump and our friend Lachlan for a 30 minute session to be with the Space Kittens. The place is one of the many old surry hill-type terrace street houses that has been converted to accommodate the business. The kitten viewing room is downstairs near the cafe counter that services as the reception desk and barista counter whilst upstairs is the offices and older cat viewing rooms.
Whilst it does have an entrance fee depending on time and whether its young kittens or older cats, however you choose you often will include a beverage of choice that could be either taken into the kitten viewing room or afterwards which makes it the "cafe" part of the experience giving the customers the offer to drink/eat whilst playing with the animals.
We were told that there was quite a few kittens and young cats in the viewing room and that we were fortunate that we are going to be the last group of the day to visit them on our own. The last couple had just exited the room quite jolly, their smiles and happiness seemed to be beaming from ear to ear at the cuteness. So we got excited for our turn to face the Space themed rooms and all those little kitty cats.
All in all the experience was adorable - and how could it not? Cute, hyper and zippy furry kittens kept leaping, bumping, meowing and nudging themselves onto us and climbing over our legs as we each sat on the floor to interact with the pets.
However I feel that there's still room for improvement as in comparison to trips to other non-affiliated cat cafes in Melbourne and one of the cat cafes in Tokyo from recent travels I felt like my first experience of Catmosphere was great but at the same time a few things may need to be tweaked. I love the concept and experience on it's own and the great initiative for rescue and adoption for the animals but I was also bit concerned on a few things. Some kittens in the small viewing room seemed overly skittish and I wondered if they offer their animals a rotation like Japan did for their cats to avoid over-exposing the animals to constant human touch. Despite this, as a previous cat owner myself I quite enjoyed spending time playing with the animals because currently I cannot have a pet of my own again and it made me miss having a little furry butt in the household. 10/10 would come back for the sits and pats alone.