Feline fans could be sipping on cappuccinos and enjoying kitty cuddles if a fundraising scheme for Aberdeen’s first cat cafe meets its target.
Plans for The Cat in the Window Cat Cafe have been unveiled by Heather Lynch, who wants to open Scotland’s second feline-friendly cafe in the Granite City after Maison de Moggy in Edinburgh.
She said: "I’ve been working in the oil and gas industry for the last few years but it wasn’t really giving me much satisfaction.
"I wanted to look at a back-up plan and I kind of had a bit of an epiphany with the idea of a cat cafe."
Launching her indigogo crowdfunding page on Friday, the 26-year-old aims to raise an additional £5000 to help bring the cat cafe to the city, boosting funds already secured from the Princes Trust and a bank loan.
She said: "In order to bring the Cat in the Window Café to the streets of Aberdeen, we desperately need the love and support of the local community.
"As well as the need to raise the vital funds required, it’s also an ideal opportunity to assess the level of interest in the concept within Aberdeen and surrounding areas."
Hoping to launch the cafe early next year, Ms Lynch said she has already viewed potential sites for the initiative with the scheme categorised as ‘low risk’ by the council’s environmental health department as all food will be prepared off-site to avoid risk of contamination.
Serving teas, coffees and a selection of sweet and savoury bakes, customers would be able to book in slots to sip on cappuccinos and cuddle with the resident cats, who will have a separate CCTV-monitored area to rest and sleep in overnight.
Ms Lynch said that if the plans are successful, the cafe would also seek to raise awareness of adopting cats from local animal charities.
She added: "Although the Café cats will not be available for adoption, information on processes and the cats available for rehoming will be readily available to our customers, as will opportunities to donate to the charities."