Hi, guys, Here’s the latest about the Crescent City Cat Club for you:

We are about to launch our crowd-funding campaign, and I need more names for my mailing list, please! (Thank you, Susan, for your great list!) I know you’re all animal lovers and I know you know other animal lovers, too. I also know it takes a minute and you’re all busy, but….. you KNOW this is a great project….a win-win-win for the city, the cats and the shelters. Plus…It’s going to be fun, and add to the wackiness quotient of New Orleans. Please consider culling your (virtual) Rolladex and sending me some contacts to add to my mailing list.

We still need some volunteers as well; this is a lot of work! Along the wackiness line, we are going to have a marching group called the “Crazy Cat Ladies (and Gents)”. We will parade with the Catmobile, which is under construction. Please think about joining us. It will be a blast! We hope to ride in Chewbacchus next MG, and maybe Muses or Iris or Nyx…whoever will have us! Or maybe just all by ourselves down the streets of New Orleans, the Marigny way.

We FINALLY received our final building permit on July 6, and construction is well under way, with all the fun that that entails! The contractor has already completed demolition and the catio is complete. The interior walls have been opened up to create a three-room-long visiting area for the adult cats. The kittens have their own isolated area, which will be viewable through windows in the Kitten Room. We hope to have 2-3 litters at a time, being bottle-fed and cared for. The electrician is finished and A/C guys are busy, too.

We’ve found our bookkeeper, too, which is a relief. Also, a muralist is working to create a really fun and whimsical environment. The catmobile artists will be creating some NOLA-centric cat furniture.

The yoga instructor I had at Delgado this past semester has agreed to lead our classes; these will be held between 9-10 am, before we open, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. We will be closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

I am going to CatCon (you didn’t know there was a cat convention, did ya!?) in California (where else?) in August to get some more ideas. I’m also going to visit Kit-Teas in San Francisco, Ella’s Cathouse and Catnip Bar in Napa, and another cat café on Melrose Ave. in LA, for more ideas. I’ve already visited Cat Town in Oakland, CA a couple of times; take a look at their website, if you’re interested. They are the Holy Grail for cat cafes’ in the US, at least on the West Coast. Catster Magazine (formerly Cat Fancy) just ran a series on cat cafes both around the world and in the US, and I do believe we’re catching a wave. Thank you all for being an important part of bringing it to NOLA! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the launch of our crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo! Yours in furry friends, -Eshyah