New action in Saint-Nazaire: At Ty Chat Mallow Café, cats for pets and adoption

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Adrien and Anne Ty Chat Mallow, the first cat bar opened in Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) © L’Echo de la Presqu’île

Tigrou and Sikan are eagerly waiting for their first customers. With their three other friends, over the past few days, they’ve been discovering their new playground: Tchat Mallo Caféthe first Cat bar of Saint Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) which will open on May 24, 2022 near the theatre, rue Albert de Mun. At the head of the project, Anne Lebas and Adrien Cordon, two friends who love cats and are passionate about them pastry shop.

With this opening, the two Brevinois changed their lives.

I worked for 25 years in insurance. I wanted change. I immediately came up with the idea of ​​opening a cat bar. A skills assessment confirmed my project. When I spoke to Adrien, who was also in a state of professional retraining, he decided to join the adventure.

Ann Lebas, Director of Ty Chat Mallow

Prior to opening her establishment, Anne did an internship in a bar in Rouen and both obtained an Acaced (Certificate of Knowledge for Pets of Local Species) to be able to accommodate animals in their café.

Helping cats find a family

Ty Chat Mallow is not just a bar where you can enjoy purring. Ann and Adrian opened this foundation to help abandoned cats to find family. “We didn’t want to open a cafe with our cats, the bonding aspect was really important to us,” says Ann.

They collaborate with the Brevinoise branch of Rescue and Cats in Stress (see elsewhere). “We have room for nine,” Adrien says.

Five cats – all for adoption – will be present at the opening.

This allows you to see their behavior. Whether they are social or not. We can go back a few times before making a decision. Of course, you can also come here to enjoy the cats for a while.

“An opportunity for our adult cats”

When contacted by Ty Chat Mallow Café, Elodie Vignet, responsible for rescue and distressed cats in Saint Brevin, did not hesitate for long. “Our branch in Angers works with cats and it does well. On average, there is one adoption every two weeks.” Thanks to this “display”, you hope to place adult cats or cats with small disabilities more quickly. “When it’s cat season, from May to October, it’s hard to persuade adults to adopt. A cat tape will give them more visibility. There will only be healthy kittens or kittens with slight disabilities.” They will all be socialized with humans and cats, and vaccinated, spayed and identified. In the event of a crush, after a phone date with Elodie Vinet, the adoption contract will be signed at Ty Chat Mallow.

One year to find a place

The two friends chose Saint-Nazaire, not Saint-Nazaire Saint Previn to open their business. “We wanted a big city with a non-seasonal clientele. We aim more for families and students. With the opening of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Cesi, Saint-Nazaire ticked all the boxes.”

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The duo had been hoping to open in 2021. But that was without counting the building hunt. “We didn’t think it would be so hard to find!”

Between the expensive rentals at Blue Ribbon and Paquebot and very small buildings – ‘minimum of 60 sq.2 To accommodate the cats ”- After a year of searching, the partners finally found their cozy nest on Le Bon Coin.

we are happy. The location is great, there is a good atmosphere with businesses nearby.

cat room

Create 90 m2 Completely renovated to make felines feel right at home. They have access to the entire space except for the kitchen. “We have created a room of 11m²2 Only for them if they need to isolate themselves from clients,” says Ann.

Cat bar of Saint Nazaire
Snow, a 10-month-old with hard of hearing and vision, arrives at the cat bar in Saint-Nazaire © Mélissa DUPIN

Rescue and distressed cats looking for foster families

The Brevinoise branch of Rescue and Cats in Stress opened three years ago, and it sparkles in the Pays de Retz and the Guérande peninsula. You take care of abandoned cats through a network of foster families. In recent years, the number of treatments has continued to increase. And the Covid crisis didn’t help. “We have an average of 5 foster care requests each day. In 2021 we received 1,100 cats compared to 1,000 the year before in Vendée and Loire Atlantic. Right now, we have 200 cats on adoption. In the summer they can go up to 300.”
The Brevinoise branch operates with one hundred families. She is always looking for homes to house felines awaiting adoption, “especially to feed abandoned kittens.” In the cat bar, Elodie will be able to place up to nine cats. “This will allow space in foster families that can accommodate a maximum of 3 cats.”

Homemade dishes

In the “comfortable, like home” room with 28 seats, customers can have a drink while nibbling on a pastry or lunchr while playing with cats. “All dishes are homemade from local produce. Merchants will also occasionally offer game evenings.

Enough to treat yourself to a real relaxing break and maybe find your new four-legged friend!

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