An amazing new business has just opened locally – Jiji Rescue Cat Cafe in Middle Cove, and everyone’s heading in for coffee, treats and a cat cuddle.
Whether you’re looking for a new cat companion or just want to enjoy some delicious coffee and kitty cuddles, be sure to check out Jiji Rescue Cat Café. The Café, which opened in late February 2023, aims to provide a loving and safe environment for rescue cats and help them find their forever homes. And the very first adoption has just taken place with a gorgeous Willoughby family!
Jiji Cat Rescue Café was founded by Yuki Arai (pictured on the left), who migrated from Japan to Australia ten years ago. The popularity of cat cafés in Japan, along with the significant number of stray cats in Sydney, inspired her decision to start the very special business.
“I’d been trying to figure out the right way to get involved in the animal care industry while studying,” Yuki explains. “Around the time, a friend told me about the stray cats near her place, so I decided to open my rescue cat café.”
Guests are invited to cuddle and play with the kittens in Jiji’s Cat Lounge. Entry is $15 per person for 20 minutes and an additional $8 for every 10 minutes after. All ages are welcome, but kids under 12 require adult supervision, and booking is strongly recommended.
Cat lovers and locals are also welcome for coffee and a treat at the café. The menu includes a variety of coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and milkshakes with up to two flavours including white chocolate, matcha, popcorn, banana and salted caramel.
There’s also a succinct snack menu with gluten-free banana bread and cookies, healthy protein balls, and more substantial offerings including a ham and cheese croissant, chicken Caesar wrap and roasted vegetable wrap.
“Even just a cup of coffee can save more lives,” Yuki says. “It helps me keep (the cats) healthy and increases the opportunity for them to be adopted.”
Jiji Cat Rescue Café currently has nine cats and kittens available for adoption, including 15-week-old Ed Sheeran who loves to sing, and one-and-a-half-year-old Milo who was rescued off the street by a young family who cared for her while she raised two kittens. Each cat has their own unique profile available on the website and Jiji welcomes applications for adoption from those interested in providing a loving home.
Jiji Rescue Cat Cafe
Address: 161B Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove
Café Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Cat Lounge Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Images: Jiji Rescue Cat Cafe