San Antonio's first 'cat cafe' is opening this summer on Broadway just outside Loop 410, and the non profit group thinks it would be a purrr-fect place for people to hang out with cats, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Cat cafes are already open in about twenty cities nationwide, they're seen as not only a novel sort of place to have food and a drink, but a way to get people used to cats and, hopefully, to adopt a kitty. All the furry purr-boxes in the cat cafe will be from non profit resuce groups and will be adoptable.
"When you first walk in to the cat cafe, you check in, sign digital waivers, and pay a small entry fee to help pay for the kitty care. Then, you go through a door to the Cat Lounge, a blissful place where you can wander around petting kitties or find a seat and let the cats come to you," the group says on its web site announcing the opening of the unique cafe.
The kitties won't be in the kitchen of the food service areas, that would be against health department rules. But the cafe says you will be able to take your food into the 'cat house,' where you can eat, drink, and socialize surrounded by kitties.
"You may see people cuddling with cats on comfy couches, reading books, watching movies, or trying to take cute kitty pics and selfies with the cats. It's really up to you what you do while you are in there as long as you are nice to the cats. You could even take a cat-nap if you like. The cats will be happy to show you how it's done. They're experts and love to teach by example," the cafe says.
The goal is to encourage adoptions of stray cats.
"Cat cafes are great because more cats are being adopted into loving fur-ever homes because of the amount of socialization the cats get while in the cafe. The public is also getting educated about responsible pet ownership, and patrons of the cafe are relaxing and enjoying themselves. It's a win-win-win for our community!"