Coronavirus care at Pause Cat Cafe


Pause Cat Cafe is currently closed to visitors

We are temporarily closed in order to protect the spread of COVID-19.

If this closure affects your booking, please email us and we will issue you a free booking code that you can use to rebook when we reopen.

Please rest assured that safety is our number one priority.

Please check back on this page for updates. We’ll also post anything significant on our social media so please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop.

“Hi, Kitty-lovers…

We want to send our love to everyone in our community during this worrying time and to let you know that we care.

We hope everyone is managing to stay safe and to maintain as normal a life as is possible despite the big changes that are happening around us.”

CARING FOR OUR KITTIES AND OUR TEAM

We will continue to provide round-the-clock care for our kitties and they will be attended to 24-7 by a person on-site, even when we are closed to visitors. Thank you to the kind staff and volunteers who make this possible, we love you!

MINIMISING THE RISK

We have increased our hygeine procedures for our cat carers to minimise the risk of infection. This includes having only one person on shift at a time, extra disinfecting of surfaces and touch points, frequent sanitisation and hand-washing.

All team members have agreed not to attend if they experience any symptoms or have been around anyone with symptoms and to notify us if they have any symptoms within 2-weeks of having attended the cafe.

WILL THE CATS CARRY IT?

Gail Golab, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s chief veterinary officer says: ‘We’re not overly concerned about people contracting Covid-19 through contact with dogs and cats.’ While the NHS recommends that you wash your hands after touching animals, Golab also pointed out that ‘the virus survives best on smooth surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs,’ adding: ‘Porous materials, such as pet fur, tend to absorb and trap pathogens, making it harder to contract them through touch.’

HELPING EACHOTHER

This really is a time for caring for others, and it’s lovely to see so much kindness around. If there are any ways that we can help you, please let us know. We have already seen a lot of kindness among our volunteers offering eachother help, what a lovely bunch!

This is a difficult time for small businesses, particularly for cafes, and it has reminded us how important it is that we protect our kitties’ home.  We are determined to stay afloat during the turbulence so we can continue to provide their loving home after it is over.

There are some ways in which you can support us to ensure we weather the storm. If you would like to help, here are a couple:

Show your Supawt

Purchasing products from our online shop such as vouchers for future use (great as gifts), t-shirts, sponsor a cat to cover the cost of their care or simply donate. This will help us to keep the heating on and cover costs that are ongoing even when we are closed.

Avoid a Cat-astrophe!

Help us keep our cats fed… Suppliers have limited the number of products anyone can buy, including cat food and litter. This is a concern for any cat owner, but a  litter’l bit more of an issue when you have 12 lovely fluffies to care for. If you don’t tend for quite so many cats as us and fancy helping us ensure the Pause felines stay stocked, then please add a couple of bags of litter to your next shop to drop down to us. We have staff onsite at all times caring for the cats, but you can do a contacless drop to the doorstep and ring the doorbell, or have things delivered direct. We have a wishlist on Amazon, which is great for getting things delivered direct, although some items are classified as non-essential and are not being delivered. We use ultra-clumping or clumping cat litter and most of the kitties eat Whiskas, except for Clifford and Michelle who eat HiLife because they are sensitive to grains. We really apurreciate your help!

A LITTLE PAWSITIVITY

It’s a stressful time but you might have purred that Pause is all about relieving stress, so we just had to end it with a little bit of pawsitivity and space for a couple of cat puns to help lighten your mood…happiness is good fur the immune system!

It’s hard to see pawsitives in this but here are a few fur us to focus on to help cheer us up…let us know if you can think of any more!

  • Reduction in plane travel and fewer cars on the road should do wonders for emissions and give our planet a bit of a breather.
  • People are being more careful not to waste things and are using fewer supplies, which is bound to help our environment.
  • Spending more time at home means that families are able to spend more quality time together.
  • Not being able to go to our usual recreational venues could mean extra time to try new things or do things we’ve been meaning to do.
  • Our Italian volunteers have joked that cafes and restaurants closing is the purrfect opurrtunity for Brits to learn to cook!
  • The reminder of how fragile we are is making us apurreciate the ones we love, and be grateful for what we have.
  • Communities are looking out for eachother and pulling together in times of challenge.

With meows, love and kitty cuddles,

from the kitties and the team at Pause x

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