Cat yoga just one of the menu items at Lower Hutt cat cafe

When a cat cafe finally opens in Lower Hutt, cat yoga will be available.

Despite numerous setbacks, Ken and Richelle Okada remain confident that they will eventually realise their dream of opening a cat cafe.

In June of last year, they closed the Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe in Petone and purchased a two-story building in central Lower Hutt.

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Cafe Soleil operates on the ground floor, and they are using crowdfunding to raise money to convert the top floor into a home for adoptable cats.

There will eventually be cat climbing furniture and hiding places in the walls and ceiling, an exercise wheel, a “catio” (a covered and screened-in deck), a magnetic locking system on the doors, and comfortable places for humans to lounge and play with cats.

Richelle stated that the project had proven to be more difficult than anticipated and that a number of financial issues, including the inability to sell their home in Korokoro, had slowed progress.

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