5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit a Cat Café

Everyone should visit a cat café at least once in their life. Not only do cat cafés support cat adoptions, but they are great for your heart and soul!

Last weekend, the hubby and I visited a magical land known as a cat café. Do you know of this wondrous land? Have you visited before and experienced all of its splendid glory?

Unfortunately, cat cafés are still few and far between in the U.S., but they appear to be gaining in popularity. We are lucky enough to live near a newly opened cat café, Crumbs & Whiskers. And for those who have yet to visit one, I would like to share with you what I witnessed at this enchanting place and provide five reasons to visit a cat café for yourself.

smiling cat in a cat cafe
Won’t you please adopt me? I’m smiling all purdy-like for you.

1) Everyone else is just as excited to be there as you!

Yay for fellow cat lovers! A cat café is a place where everyone “gets you” and your love and passion for cats. In addition to all of the furry felines roaming around, the room is full of smiles, squeals and oohs and aahs. What an awesome environment!

When we arrived at Crumbs & Whiskers, the Los Angeles location (they are also in Washington DC), there was already a lineup of cat enthusiasts waiting to enter. Crumbs & Whiskers requires an online reservation and entrance fee to visit, and they recommend arriving 10 minutes early. That allows for learning the house rules and placing café orders, which is just a light snack at this location.

The welcoming committee, aka Hermione.

2) All cats are available for adoption

Karma Rescue is the partner for the Crumbs & Whiskers Los Angeles location. They pull cats from kill shelters in the L.A. area that are about to be euthanized. Crumbs & Whiskers likes to say that when you adopt a cat from the café, you’re saving two lives, not just one. Because by adopting, you’re freeing up space at the café for another cat to be pulled from a shelter. It’s a win-win!

At least one of the cats we visited with was already adopted and would be going home the following Wednesday. New cats are brought in each Wednesday as well, after the rescue knows how many were adopted out the previous week.

cat in a fluffy chair
The lucky lady who was already adopted!

During our visit, there were 16 cats strolling about. The café usually has around 20, but they hadn’t “re-stocked” yet from the latest round of adoptions.

3) Cat café cats are chill

The friendly staff at the café are more than happy to answer your questions and explain any process, for instance, like how the cats come to the café. When the rescue goes to the shelter, they look for cats who are social and would do well in a café environment. And I have to say, the rescue obviously knows their stuff, as all of the cats were very social. However, if a cat doesn’t do well at the café, the cat goes to a foster home and never back to the shelter.

Chill cat grooming
This cat is so chill that she doesn’t care if she has an audience while looking less than lady-like.

4) You get to play, pet and cuddle with cats

While you’re not allowed to pick up a cat (I assume this is a rule at most cat cafés), you can certainly find plenty to do with the cats. Like play, pet and, if you’re lucky enough, have a cat waltz over and settle in your lap. There was plenty of playing and petting, but alas, no cat chose my lap as a prime napping spot. I blame that more on the time of day than my perfectly comfy lap.

I booked our reservation for the first slot of the day, which I highly recommend. The cats are “fresh” and only a couple were snoozing (you’re not allowed to wake up a sleeping cat). If you go later in the day, I imagine there are more opportunities to have a cat wind up in your lap, as they settle in for their afternoon slumber.

“Oh yeah, lady, that’s the spot!”
Selfie time!

5) Photo ops aplenty

Obviously, the main reason to visit a cat café is because, you know, cats – which means there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of those cats. So, for your viewing pleasure, I leave you with the beautiful cats of Crumbs & Whiskers. And check out the video at the very end!

Have you ever been to a cat café? If so, which one and how was your experience?

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37 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit a Cat Café

  1. This is AMAZING, I love your post and went onto their site. I also love their background story. I just told my hubby we’ll be booking an appointment on our next trip through LA. Do you know if there is a dog version?

  2. Aaaaaw What cuteys. There’s no way mommy could go to a cat cafe. We would never leave. Course, they might not like dat we be there. But, we’re glad ya’ll had a good time.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  3. I’m so jealous!!! I follow all the cat cafes on FB and IG and drool at all the fun pictures they post. The closest to me are in Boston and Montreal, and neither of those are really close to me at all. Visiting one is on my bucket list though…or maybe I’ll just open one myself 🙂

  4. I love the idea of cat cafes and have been to the Meow Parlour in NYC. I will admit I was frustrated though because there were too many people competing for the cats’ attention. At home, I have 13 cats that want my attention. 🙂

    1. I think there were about 16 people in our group when we went. I read an interview with the owner of Crumbs & Whiskers and she said she quickly learned to limit the number of people at a time because people were complaining. She also invited back (for free) everyone who complained about too many people. Sounds like Meow Parlour may need to do the same and limit their numbers.

  5. Awee I would LOVE to visit one! I hope someday such a place opens up in our town. What a wonderful way to meet some new feline friends and maybe take one home. Not stealing of course 🙂

  6. What an enchanted place! I’m dying to go to a cat cafe, that is high on my list of things to do. Beautiful photos and the video is adorable. I love how the kitties can just roam free around the cafe. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. Thanks for sharing what sounds like an amazing experience. If there was a cat cafe anywhere near me, I’m pretty sure I’d spend all day there. Bring my laptop, write my articles and play with cats. Heaven anyone!

  8. I would love to visit a cat cafe! I read about these over a year ago and thought, what a great idea! I’m Pinning on my “Mews News” board, too! PS – congrats on the new blog!

  9. I have SO many trips to the city coming up. I will make a point of visiting at least one cat cafe. I hope these start popping up everywhere.

  10. Oh wow that looked so much fun, the P.A. has been to a couple of cat cafes [defector!!! MOL] and she really enjoyed meeting all the kitties, she keeps meaning to write her cat cafe reports but we keep her far too busy with all our antics and goings-on! MOL

    Thanks so much fur sharing


    Basil & CO xox

  11. We visited a cat cafe in Oakland, CA. the first in th US *high pw* nd we visited and blogged about a wonderful cat cafe in Paris, France (Boy OOH Boy you need to visit).

    I am so jealous you got to go to Crumbs and Whiskers. It looks a magical place – and cats are truly magical beings!

  12. I love cat cafes! This one had so many beautiful kitties! They did a great job with the design. 🙂 I hope that they are able to adopt lots of cats into forever homes. The cat cafe near me has had a lot of success with adoptions! 🙂

  13. Granny nor I have been in a cat cafe yet. We have about four in our Country, but they are all to far away from where we live. It looks like Paradise 😀 We also came to thank you for your Birthday Wishes for Granny. They really made her day! Double Pawkiss for a wonderful day 🙂 <3

  14. I have always wanted to visit a cat cafe. Coffee and cats what could be better? One of the shelters here is building a larger facility and they will have a cat cafe as part the facility.

  15. I haven’t had the pleasure yet but it’s on my list. There is supposed to be one opening in my home town but I think they are having trouble with financing so we’ll see!! My son lives in Portland, OR and when I go see him I plan to visit Purringtons Cat Lounge!! Some people have visiting all the NFL stadiums on their lists to accomplish. Maybe mine will be to visit all the Cat Lounges in the USA!!!

  16. I’ve been to the Cat Cafe that is about a hour from my home. It was very nice to hangout with the cats and support their efforts. This cafe isn’t allowed to sell food or drink, but bringing in your own was allowed. It was a great way to spend an hour.

    I am not sure if they had the rule about not picking up the cats. I will check next time. I didn’t try to pick up any when I was there, so maybe that was a rule!

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