Want to know what it's like working in a cat cafe?
Over the next few months we will be interviewing our staff with some of your questions, so you can get to know the team and meet the people who work so hard to help all these cats have better lives... And find out what it's actually like to work in a cat cafe!
Meet Valeena (Val)
Valeena (Val) is a cat host and barista and has been working at Catoro for close to a year.
What is your favourite memory of working at Catoro?
Meeting Hamilton (a cat). I have never met a cat so ready for love. He didn’t even know who I was and already started to purr. He would start drooling from all the purrs.
When I had to say goodbye because he was going to his forever family, I remember he just sat in my lap and started to drool all over me. It was really special.
What is the most fun part of your job?
Helping shy cats learn to play! Meeting and helping people adopt cats!
What is the most stressful thing about your job?
Explaining the pasts of traumatized cats to customers.
How would you describe working at Catoro?
How is working at Catoro different than you expected?
It’s much more of a community than I expected. I feel like I’m part of one big happy family with co-workers who actually care and value me. The seriousness of our job can sometime be overwhelming but the importance of what I’m doing and co-workers I can rely on keeps me going.
What is the hardest part about working at Catoro?
Learning about the sad pasts of some of the kitties, as well as the sheer amount of work that goes into caring for animals.
Tell us about a cat whose story affected you.