Imagine grabbing a coffee at your local cafe, sitting down with your laptop at a table, and having a cat jump into your lap. If that sounds amazingly relaxing, you should get down to the nearest cat cafe.
Even if you already have a cat (or a few), being in the company of kitties in a cat cafe on your lunch break or at the end of a long day can be therapeutic. These cafes are popping up all over the country, so if you don’t have one near you yet, you might soon!
Great for people and cats
Cat cafes are usually opened in collaboration with cat and animal shelters. Not only are these kitties getting to interact with people and spend time outside their cages, they’re looking for their forever homes. That’s right, all these cats are available for adoption!
If you’re looking to adopt a new cat into your family, visiting a cat cafe is a fantastic chance to interact with the cats. You can see how a cat behaves around people, other cats, and most importantly, with you!
Visiting a cat cafe is often cheap, and any money you spend there goes towards helping the shelters take good care of their cats.
This is by no means a complete list of cat cafes.. but these are a few of our favorites!
New York City, NY - Meow Parlour
This Lower East Side cafe might be small, but as NYC’s first (and only permanent) cat cafe, it’s a nice place to spend an afternoon. Meow Parlour has a pastry and drink shop around the corner, and you’re welcome to enjoy the treats in the company of the cats as they laze around in the many kitty cubbies around the space.
More information: meowparlour.com
Washington, D.C - Crumbs and Whiskers
Partnered with the local Humane Society, the Crumbs and Whiskers cafe has enough space for as many as 25 cats at a time - all adoptable, of course. Crumbs and Whiskers has two areas for cats and visitors to interact, one for playing and the other for relaxing.
In case you need more evidence that cats cafe are a popular idea, this large space was opened thanks to Kickstarter, where it raised more than double its initial goal of $15,000.
More informastion: crumbsandwhiskers.com
Denver, CO - Denver Cat Company
The Denver Cat Company is a cat cafe, art studio and gallery, and a library/bookstore all rolled into one. The cafe features eight cats at a time, but the cats aren’t the only attraction. The space hosts artworks by local artists, has a used bookstore and free library, and even has regular painting classes.
More information: denvercatco.com
San Francisco, CA - KitTea
Endless tea refills, 10 to 15 adoptable cats, and tons of events make KitTea one fun place to visit. Enjoy your drink surrounded by cats, or come in for some cat yoga or mewvie night. Both events include tea in the price, and yoga has a head and shoulder massage in the package. Nothing could be more calming than petting a cat while getting the knots in your shoulders worked out.
If you already have a cat at home, KitTea also offers a number of fun treats for your cat, including Tabby James products. Bring home a bit of the euphoria you felt from being surrounded by cats!
More information: kitteasf.com
Portland, OR - Purringtons
Purrington’s is a new cat cafe that recently celebrated their 100th adoption. The quirky Portland kitty hangout also has yoga and movies with the cats, as well as a great little menu of food and drinks. Sit in the cafe and watch the cats play, or join them with (or without) your food in the little lounge for some interaction. For a real treat, Purringtons stocks our fresh Tabby James catnip and Valerian root so get some for the cafe cats.. or for your own kitties.
More information: purringtonscatlounge.com
There are a number of other cat cafes around the US, and a few more planning to open soon. If none of these are in your area, keep an eye out - there have also been many “pop-up” cafes only around for a month or two.
Don’t forget, by visiting your local cat cafe you’ll be helping the cats… and yourself!
- by Yuliya