The café cats will be adopted by the Battlefords Humane Society
SASKATOON — Sydney Sylvester has loved animals since she learned to say the words cat and dog, a decades-long passion that led her to establish the city’s first cat café, the Purrfect Cup Cat Café, located at 142 – 2nd Ave South.
Sylvester, who adopted her first cat Angel when she was 10, told SASKTODAY it was her first time opening a storefront and she planned to start the cafe even before the pandemic hit. However, the coronavirus epidemic has postponed everything.
“Before the pandemic, we had planned. We are looking for locations, [reading the zoning] We were about to start our journey, but the coronavirus hit,” said Sylvester, who is currently working to complete his second degree after earning his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Now that the provincial government has ended the sanitary restrictions, their cafe is about to open and will cater not only to cat lovers, but also lovers of coffee and tasty treats. They plan to open by the first week of April, renovations permitting.
“We have weathered the pandemic for two years and with the end of restrictions the majority of people are vaccinated and the need to reopen the province to real life. We thought it was ‘perfect’ time,” Sylvester said with a smile.
She added that she decided to bring the cat cafe concept to Saskatoon after being a frequent visitor to similar establishments in Edmonton and Denver before the pandemic. Their cafe has also partnered with a shelter to encourage the adoption of stray cats.
“These are amazing places [cat cafes] to cuddle kitties, relax and have a coffee. I wondered why Saskatoon didn’t have one. I think people will be looking forward to a new business in Saskatoon, the first of its kind. The cats in our cafe will be adopted by the Battlefords Humane Society. All of our adoption profits go to the rescue.
Sylvester, who has four cats and an aquarium in her home, said she plans to go to medical school but for now wants to function and work in a business at her own pace.
“I had wanted to open the café for a while to have a relaxed and friendly workplace. A cat café offering local pastries and hot drinks with the aim of adopting homeless cats,” she said.
“We will have separate treats for the cats. Our baked goods are served in the cafe area and customers can decide if they want to enter the cat room with their food and drinks or if they can eat them in the cafe area before heading to the cat space.