Located in Christchurch, New Zealand, Catnap Café is the South Island's first cat cafe. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and relaxing environment where cats and people can enjoy each other’s company and to increase adoption rates of rescue cats.

As current volunteers for Cat Rescue Christchurch, we are very aware of the overpopulation of stray cats in Christchurch and the limited resources available to help them. Although local rescue organisations do an amazing job and help hundreds of cats every year, we want to help them to help even more!

A cat café is the perfect way to work alongside these organisations to increase the number of cats being re-homed. The café provides both a permanent home for several resident rescue cats and a foster home for rescue cats and kittens that are be available for the public to adopt. 


We are committed to providing a safe and relaxing environment for our cats, their welfare and happiness is our absolute top priority. We are huge cat lovers and this venture is driven by our desire to help reduce the stray cat population in Christchurch, to provide homes for unwanted cats and to promote adoption.

All cats are de-sexed, vaccinated and receive regular vet check-ups, including flea and worm treatments. We have a partnership with local rescue organisation Cat Rescue Christchurch with all adoptions at the café happening via the Cat Rescue process. From time to time we will also work with other rescue organisations.


As well as providing people the opportunity to interact with and potentially adopt cats, we will also offer all of the key aspects of a traditional café such as great coffee, delicious cabinet food and free WiFi.

We love all animals so our food, hot chocolate and chai powders are all totally vegan. The kitchen and cat area will be kept completely separate and we will be acting under a council approved food plan.


We both grew up in Christchurch and have been together since high school – back in 2006. We are huge cat lovers and extremely passionate about helping cats. We’ve been volunteering for Cat Rescue Christchurch for the last four and a half years and our experience fostering and socialising rescue kittens is what motivated us to open a cat café.

In June 2017 we launched a Kickstarter campaign which ran for six weeks and was an amazing success! This gave us the opportunity to really get things off the ground. We’re learning new things and facing challenges every step of the way but we’re so excited to be on this journey.

Alyssa and Nate

Alyssa and Nate