A visit to a bar doesn’t have to be noisy and busy. In Breda, you now find peace and quiet, nice coffee and delicious lunches in the cat café Familie Snorhaar. Read the special story about this special place.
The driving force behind Familie Snorhaar is Lenneke Veraart. After years of preparation, a crowdfunding campaign and the search for a suitable building, her cat café opened its doors on 24 October 2018. "Phew", Lenneke sighs half tired, half relieved, when she looks back on the past 2 years. As so often, the renovation works took a lot longer than planned.
But she can be proud of the result: the entire building has become a cat’s dream. "We even built a tunnel that runs through the kitchen," says Lenneke. "This way, our cats can also spend some time in the back, away from the café, without having to come into contact with the kitchen.”
All cat lovers welcome
The cat café already is the home of 4 cats, with 2 more kittens on the way. They were all carefully selected by a cat behaviourist who checked how the cats reacted to physical and auditory stimuli. This is important, because the cats have to get along well with each other and with the visitors.
The cat café is not a place for other cats to hang out, it’s aimed at cat lovers. Lenneke: “We have only been open for 1 month now, but already we are reaching a very diverse audience. A lot of visitors have cats themselves, but there are also people whose partner has a cat allergy.”
“Also, you have several nursing homes in this area. They generally don’t allow you to keep pets. That is why their older residents go here and sit among students who want to get some studying done. On top of all that, Italians, Englishmen, Germans and Belgians have already found their way to the café.”