Cat cafes are springing up all over the United States, and if you're in a bigger metropolitan area, there's a good chance a kitty cafe is just around the corner. Get creative with Sunday brunch and schedule a 2-hour session at your local cat cafe to see what all the fuss is about.
Depending on the cafe's popularity, reservations may be a requirement. In most cases, this can be done online. Even if a cafe welcomes walk-ins, it's wise to reserve a time slot to avoid being turned away
Typically, you'll need to pay a cover charge in addition to any beverages you buy.
Cafe owners establish rules to protect the well-being of their cats. Patrons must abide by certain policies, such as refraining from chasing the cats or resisting the urge to wake a slumbering Tabby.
You're bound to experience varying degrees of socialization from the cats. Some will be friendly. Others will be shy. And just as their natural temperaments fluctuate, a cat’s desire to sit on your lap can change from one minute to the next. But hey – that's what we love about them, right?
A word of warning – before you bring your cat-loving tot along, check out the cafe's policy on younger visitors. Some kitty cafes will restrict children, while others will offer designated times when children are welcome.
Naturally, you can dress as you please, but we have a few pointers. First, long-sleeves serve as protection against unexpected scratches, and slip-on sneakers are ideal if you can’t wear shoes in the cafe’s lounge area. Above all, choose an outfit you won’t mind being covered in hair.
food is often served alongside coffee and tea, allow me to settle any reservations you may have about cleanliness. Food prep is always kept separate from any areas the cats roam, and hygienic practices are strictly maintained.
Bear in mind – you don’t bring your own cat to a cat cafe. The cafe will have its own resident felines who would love to keep you company. Depending on the cafe's particular mission, the cats may be permanent residents, or they could be rescues waiting to be adopted.
There is mounting evidence that cats are good for our health. Feline companionship lowers stress, decreases blood pressure, and even diminishes one’s risk of developing heart disease. The positive energy you experience around cats can also boost your immune system.