Some people may read the headline and say to themselves “Whats a Cat Café ” others who are cat lovers may read the headline and say “OMG Cat Café in San Diego!?”
I’ve heard of Cat Cafes but they were always in Asia. I recently learned someone took the initiative and brought one to America’s Finest City. Being a local who enjoys playing with cats I had to go check it out.
For those who are unfamiliar with them, a Cat Café is a generally a coffee shop where you hang out with your friends, enjoy a beverage and play with cats!!!
San Diego’s Cat Café is pretty much the same. It consists of two seperate areas. When you first walk in the door you are greeted by a friendly staff memember that escorts you to the Café area. The purchase of a beverage, I enjoyed the mocha frap very much, serves as your admission to the cats hang out area. They also have merchandise you can purchase.
Once you have your beverage in hand you are ready to enter the cats lounge area. Please note the Cat Café tries to promote a stress free environment for the cats so only 20 people are allowed in this area at a time.
The lounge area has coffee tables, benches, lots of cat toys and cats!
While in the lounge area your free to play with the cats, pet them and just hang out.
While hanging out with the cats proved to be quite an enjoyable morning I was also happy to find out that the Cat Café also serves as an adoption center for the cats in the lounge area as well. So you can get to know your potential feline friend and find out if you are a good match for each other. It warmed my heart to overhear the owner state that they have found homes for approximately 175 cats.
If your a local or just hanging out in San Diego for the weekend I definitely recommend stopping by the Cat Café located in downtown San Diego on Third Avenue. Even if you can’t adopt a cat you can certainly help support this great business.