Scotland’s second cat cafe is set to open next year after kitty-crazy Aberdonians helped a fundraising campaign meet its £5000 target.
The brainchild of Heather Lynch, The Cat in the Window Cat Cafe campaign was launched in September following in the successful paw prints of Edinburgh feline-friendly cafe Maison de Moggy.
Seeking funding for the project from the Princes Trust and a bank loan, an additional £5000 was required to help bring the cafe to fruition, which plans to offer coffees, teas and bakes alongside plenty of kitties for customers to cuddle.
But just three days ago, the project’s future looked uncertain with almost £2000 yet to be raised through the cat cafe’s indiegogo page.
Heather said: "I was really worried, but in the last 48 hours it just went mental so I don't know if people were leaving it to the last minute or only just heard about it."
With a final push hours before the campaign closed, the full £5000 was raised by fans eager to see Scotland's second cat cafe open in Aberdeen.
"I'm really happy and really quite relieved, " Heather said. "Part of this was to see if people really wanted a cat cafe in Aberdeen and I think has been proved by how popular the campaign has been."
Now that almost all the funding for the project has been secured, Heather added that she could have a premises secured in the coming weeks, but remained coy on its location.
However, the cats that will be cosying up to customers have already begun to be selected, with The Cat in the Window Cafe posting sneak peek images of three of the kittens that will live in the cafe.
Heather explained: "We would have loved to have gone down the adoption route but it would be too stressful for adoption cats to come together for the cafe.
"Instead we will have about eight kittens from breeders who will grow up together in the cafe and we will get them comfortable and ready for customers coming in.
"Hopefully then we can introduce one or two adoption cats later, but we will be pointing customers in the direction of adoption charities if they come in and decide they want a cat."
If the premises for the cafe is secured, it is hoped The Cat in the Window will open around January or February time.
Heather added: "I can't wait to to be surrounded by kittens, its going to be great."