Did you know that the world’s first cat café opened in Taiwan in 1998? Since then, cat cafes have become very popular in Japan because many urban apartment dwellers there can’t have cats of their own. There are cat cafes in Europe and Canada, and now a growing number of cat cafes (often associated with shelters and rescue groups) are opening in the U.S. Here are some American cat cafes to check out.
Crumbs & Whiskers, Washington, DC
Teaming with the Washington Humane Society, Crumbs & Whiskers hosts adoptable cats in a welcoming space that has proven very popular with cat lovers in the nation’s capital. You can reserve a one hour visit with the cats for $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends and holidays. If you can tear yourself away from the cats, they also offer coffee, tea, smoothies, shakes, and snacks.
Meow Parlour, New York, NY
Downtown Manhattan’s Meow Parlour invites you to hang out with adoptable cats from their partner KittyKind, a local cat rescue group. Reservations for a half hour visit cost $4. Children are welcome at certain times if accompanied by an adult. You can even book a 1 ½ hour kitty yoga session on Tuesdays. Bring freshly baked treats from the nearby Meow Parlour Patisserie when you visit the cats.
Denver Cat Company, Denver, CO
The warm and inviting Denver Cat Company is the place to go for cat lovers, book lovers, and art lovers in Denver. Partnering with rescue groups For the Love of Paws and Planet Pet for adoptable cats, Denver Cat Company also partners with Teller Street Gallery & Studios to provide “Arts & Cats” painting classes. They also sell works by local artists as well as used books. There is a $5 cover charge for weekend visits. Weekday visits are free, but proceeds from a purchase benefit the cats.
Cat Town Café, Oakland, CA
Cat Town has the honor of being the first cat café to open in the U.S. Cat Town is divided into two separate areas, the Café and the Cat Zone. 14 visitors at a time can visit between 6-20 adoptable cats in the Cat Zone. Reservations are $10 for an hour long visit, and you can bring food and drink from the Café in with you. Cat Town partners with Oakland Animal Services to help homeless cats.
Purringtons Cat Lounge, Portland, OR
Like Cat Town, Purringtons is also split into separate café and cat area sections. Café visitors can purchase food and beverages and watch the cats through a glass window. In the Cat Lounge area, visitors can chill with adoptable cats from their shelter partner Cat Adoption Team. A maximum of 15 people can visit the cats at one time. Reservations are $8 for one hour.
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