The first time I heard about a Cat Café I was browsing things to do in Vancouver and came across a story about its newly opened cat café. I didn’t know cat cafes were a things, but I instantly knew I HAD to go to one and started searching the web for one near me. Apparently cat cafes are popular in Asian countries and have only recently spread to North America and the United States. Side note, one of the reasons I love San Diego so much is all the opportunities and events is has to offer. So wouldn’t you know that San Diego has its very own cat café.
Cat Café San Diego opened earlier this year and has largely been off the radar for a lot of locals. Nestled in a fairly quiet Downtown neighborhood of San Diego this cat café offers a full espresso drink menu, featuring a phenomenal dirty chai tea latte (my favorite) and small bites like delectable cookies from The Cravory. Your purchase (or $5 donation) is your entry fee into the cat lounge on the other side of the café.
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I went with two friends who love cats as much as I do. We got our drinks and went to the other side to be immediately welcomed by an playful feline. The cat lounge had about 12 cats, all available for adoption by the San Diego Humane Society. I was instantly in bliss here. I LOVE cats and they were everywhere, hidden in cat furniture, on tables, on the floor and in cat beds, roaming freely. I of course, spent time petting and playing with each one and even fell in love with one. I may have seriously contemplated taking her home, she was adorable and so sweet.
The overall atmosphere at the San Diego Cat Café was very laid back. Cats were lounging, people were mingling with cats and each other and everyone was enjoying the company and atmosphere.
There are a couple things to remember when visiting this, or any cat café. Cats are scared by loud noises and fast movements and some cats may not like to be touched, therefor it’s better to use wands to interact with these animals. There was one old cat at the San Diego Cat Café that had been abused and did not like hands coming at him because it reminded him of his past abuse. Really sad, but good to know so you don’t get swatted.
Cat cafes are the perfect happy medium for me, and anyone that loves to play with cats, but doesn’t want the responsibly that comes with owning one. I will definitely be back to this café and hope to venture to others across California and beyond.
Have you been to a cat cafe? Tell me about it in the coments!