Fancy Meow Cat Cafe is home to five fancy cat breeds including Ragdolls, a British Blue and a Bengal. On 13 May some little kittens moved in too. The fancy felines have two rooms full of cat gyms, hidey-holes, and furniture to climb.
Most of the cats at Fancy Meow are Ragdolls as they are an especially people friendly breed, they also have the most beautiful blue eyes.
It’s a rule at Fancy Meow, and a good one I think, to let sleeping cats lie so timing and luck determine which fancy felines will be up and about to play with. When the cats want a break from visitors they can also retreat through one of the cat doors to a people free room.
There are some unusual cats at Fancy Meow including Doupi the Bengal with his leopard like spots. Doupi is a rescue cat and was timid on arrival, it was good to see him out interacting with other cats.
Volcano surprised me, he was so relaxed that he was lying on his back with his tummy exposed. I’ve read that it’s unusual for cats to do this as they are at their most vulnerable in this position, so Volcano obviously feels right at home.
It costs $10 to spend 30 minutes with the cats, or $15 for an hour, the charge includes a hot or cold drink. A pager sounds when your drink is ready, you collect your drink from a hatch with a sliding door so there is no need to leave the cats.
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe is currently open 6 days, Wednesday – Monday from 10.30am – 6pm (it may be open 7 days during summer months). Bookings can be made either online or by phone – 07 460 6868. (Note: Food selection is limited to packaged cookies and small snacks, no fresh food is available onsite).
Fancy Meow occasionally teams up with the local SPCA to help find forever homes for cats, so if you’re a local check out their Facebook page for details of Adoption Days.
Address: Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, 1210 Arawa Street, Rotorua
Cost: $10 for 30 minutes, $15 for an hour (includes hot or cold drink)
Phone: 07 460 6868