Catnap has adopted these cats and the cafe is their home.
Bobby is an independent but curious and friendly cat who likes to observe what everyone is doing from afar. Like his sister Gizmo, Bobby has a congenital deficiency in his back legs which makes them look a bit short and stumpy. Although this means he is not very good at jumping, he is great at climbing and loves to run around and chase things. You'll usually find him asleep at the top of one of our towers or basking in the sun on his back. His condition doesn’t slow him down at all and as long as he has lots of space to run around he’s happy!
Gizmo is a friendly girl who loves a good chin scratch! Like her brother Bobby, she was born with a congenital deficiency in her legs with some hip dysplasia so you’ll notice she looks very bow legged from behind! Because of this she is not very good at jumping but she loves to climb and play just like any other cat. She loves meeting new people and giving everyone some good smooches. Her condition means she needs to be an indoor cat but she is very content with that. (Although you will often see her trying to escape into the cafe area!)
Leo is extremely cheeky and very laid-back! You will often find him sprawled out on the couch looking about as relaxed as you’ve ever seen a cat look. He does love to play and his favourite thing is climbing into people’s handbags. He is also a massive food fiend so watch him around your snacks and drinks! He sure does keep us on our toes when he’s awake but once he tires himself out there’s not much that will rouse him!
Susie is a super cute little kitty with a lovely friendly nature. She’s very smoochy and affectionate, and loves to climb up onto your knee to smooch your face. She adores company and attention, and is always eager for cuddles and pats. She is energetic and playful and once you get her going, it may be awhile before she tires herself out!
Holmes is an absolute star! He’s an affectionate cutie who loves attention and pats. He will often jump up on his back legs for smooches if you hold your hand above him. Full of energy and very playful, he loves making new friends and is always the first one to greet us when we arrive at the cafe each day. He also likes to nibble on fingers affectionately and occasionally even on the nose!
Henry is really quite the charmer! He’s a big sweetie who loves to give adorable head boops and face smooches. Well known for picking a favourite person and sitting on their lap for the whole hour, he’s just as likely to perk up and play like a wee kitten. He’s very relaxed and laid back and is super loving and gentle with our other cats!
In loving memory of our wobbly little dude
Oscar was a very special wee dude and one of the first cats to come to Catnap. He was born with a neurological condition called cerebellar hypoplasia which affected his fine motor skills and coordination. As well as this, he had an unknown genetic condition which affected his growth and development.
Oscar came to us with his brother Leo all the way from Whitianga, where they were rescued, and became one of our resident cats. He spent a wonderful six months with us, adored by everyone who met him. Unfortunately his health issues worsened and although we did everything we could to save him, he sadly passed away in January 2019.
Oscar had so much love from so many people during his life at Catnap and we are so happy that we were able to be a part of that. From his rescuer, his fosterer, our staff and customers, his brother Leo and all the other cats at Catnap who looked after him so well, he had so much love.
Oscar made such a big impression on everyone who met him and brought people together in a way that only a small wobbly cat could. We really feel that Oscar created a community here at Catnap and embodied all that we want Catnap to be.
We always knew it was possible his time with us might be short but we are so glad that we had the time with him that we did.
Oscar had a special place in many people’s hearts and we feel so grateful that, although he got dealt a pretty rough hand in life, we were able to fill it with so much love. Knowing Oscar and seeing the positivity and happiness he brought people at Catnap meant so much to us and he will never be forgotten ❤️