Life is just purr-fect at Neko HQ

The handsome, furry guide

What more could you want than to spend an hour with 20 gorgeous cats?

Make a booking at Neko HQ and you can do just that! Enter the Cat Lounge and be met by a handsome, furry guide. Inside is a large, airy space filled with relaxing sofas, free WiFi, cat toys and books and up to 20 gorgeous cats. An hour is plenty of time to relax, unwind, and (of course) cuddle the kitties. On your way out, don't forget to stop in the retail store and gallery for a browse.

Maneki Neko Cat Rescue

Neko HQ is part of Maneki Neko Cat Rescue, a not-for-profit cat rescue organisation established in 2012. Approximately 50 cats or kittens are rescued, rehabilitated and adopted out by Maneki Neko Cat Rescue every month.

The Cat Lounge

The Cat Lounge at Neko HQ
Inside the Cat Lounge at Neko HQ

The Cat Lounge at Neko HQ is home to the most sociable of the kitties. All of the cats are also available for adoption. There are no permanent residents, so every time you visit you are most likely to make new friends.

Up to 12 guests are allowed into the Cat Lounge at one time. Bookings are essential and can be made online or by telephoning (03) 9478 1919 (for ticket enquiries only). Last minute walk-in reservations are accepted when space is available.

Children of all ages are allowed in The Cat Lounge. However, those under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There must be at least one adult for every two children. The lounge is a quiet and relaxing place, so it is important for children to try and be respectful to the cats and their home.

All entry fees to the Cat Lounge help Maneki Neko Cat Rescue to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more cats.

Looking for something different? The Cat Lounge is also used as a venue for special events such as birthday parties, craft classes, meditation, yoga and poetry reading. For more information about room hire rates, email Samantha at

Retail store and gallery

The Cat Shop at Neko HQ
Items for sale in the store at Neko HQ

Cat-lovers, if you are looking for something truly unique, go no further! Neko HQ is also home to an amazing retail store and gallery. Full of a wonderful array of gifts, this shop alone is worth the visit.

Whether you wish to buy homewares, stationary, soft toys, high-end artwork, jewellery, games or books, the Cat Shop has it all. Don't forget to leave yourself time to browse.

Again, all proceeds from the shop help Maneki Neko Cat Rescue to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more cats.

Location and opening hours

Source: Google Maps

LOCATION: 120 Regent Street, Preston, VIC 3072

OPENING HOURS: Thursday: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm | Friday: 11.00 am – 5.00 pm | Saturday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm | Sunday: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

NOTE: Neko HQ is not a cafe. However, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. It is only a short walk to three great cafes - Jackson Dodds, Cheshire and The Elixir.

How you can help

Here are three ways you can help Neko HQ:

  1. Visit the Cat Lounge at Neko HQ. Relax and enjoy the company of friendly cats. All entry fees help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more cats.

  2. Shop online to purchase anything from cat clocks to cat mugs, tea towels to artwork, wallets and bags. All profits help improve the health and welfare of the rescue cats.

  3. Book an event at Neko HQ. They have a large space filled with sofas and a table that seats up to 12 people. Email Samantha for more information ( ).


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