Our mammy cat! Gizmo is around 4 years old and so is a young mummy to our two black kittens; Maggie & Sir Francis which are both 2 and a half years old. Gizmo is probably the goofiest moggy you will ever meet, you can spot her doing her usual morning cardio on the cat wheel, spending the entire time meowing away. She is one of the more vocal cats in the café. If Gizmo isn’t keeping up with her workout routine you can usually find her snoozing next to a radiator or in a cat bed, after those hard hours running. Her party trick is catching a fly and eating it in one slow, cool swoop. She fully recognises her name so try calling her over and she will be impressed. Gizmo always bows her head for a stroke and is extremely friendly. She will look up at you with her big beautiful eyes and you won’t be able to resist! We especially love her two tone face and tortoise shell colouring which makes her extra unique.
Jaffa is our big loveable ginger tom cat. He loves to nap so there’s a 80% chance he will be asleep on your visit but if not, you will catch him jumping on the desk for attention from staff, which sends all of our flyers across the cafe! As soon as you touch him, he’s on instant purr mode. He likes to lick your face and get belly rubs. On his regular check up, our vet could only just hear his heartbeat as his purr was just so loud! Our little ones love to snuggle into his smooth fur so if Jaffa is ever missing, we know he’s just babysitting.
Tyrian was one of the smallest cats when she came to the café, yet the most adventurous and daring family member. Although she has gotten bigger she is still small, her size doesn’t bother her, because she’s very mighty, which is why she got her name! (After the G.oT. character) She can switch from play mode to stroke mode faster than our other cats, which makes her super friendly even at the younger age of 2 and a half. Her favourite hobby (of course after trying to steal the cream from your hot chocolate) is climbing across our bridge! She even naps up there for some peace and quiet, if she isn’t napping on the bridge she is usually squishing Rum or Sybil, trying to nap on them. You will probably find her coming over and giving you a good sniff to suss you out. If your very still, she will climb on to your lap for a short while and will never shy away from a stroke – before going off to chase something again!
If we adopt any cat that becomes unhappy or is not mixing well with our other cats anymore, we find nice new furrever homes for them! We specifically pick homes that will cater to their needs, whether it be a single cat household, a house with a garden, a house with no children etc. Here are our previous residents which you may have met in the past…
Tokyo is the brother to our Jaffa, but these two ginger tom cats could not be more different! Eventually, Tokyo became uninterested in the other cats and used to hide under one of the tables. However we noticed our regular customer Saffron who visited every week, had developed some sort of bond with Tokyo! He would roll over for her, let her touch is belly (which is a huge sign of trust) and go to her when she walked through the door. So of course if Tokyo was to be happier in Saffron’s house, we decided that’s where he should live! Now they are very happy together indeed.
As the daughter of Gizmo and sister of Sir Francis, Maggie defiantly has just as strong noble character, although it was noticed that she was the more timid of the family. Often she’d be by Gizmo’s side looking for comfort and attention from her mother. Unfortunately these feelings weren’t mutual, sassy Gizmo liked to do her own thing. We became concerned that she may not be happy living with a group of other cats so in turn made the decision to move her to her new home with one of our cat slaves, Maggie has adapted quickly and now lives with a variety of reptiles. She now has the run of a mini zoo!
Tinks used to like sitting up on the shelves in the cafe and keeping herself to herself. She has also been an outdoor cat but was rescued due to being pregnant, so she had the urges to go outside. We would take her out on her harness but that wasn’t quite the same. She now lives with Cafe owner Katie in the countryside, where she loves to catch field mice and bring them home as presents! She’s so happy now to freely go in and outdoors.