1. I’ve never heard of a cat cafe…what is it exactly?
We’re so glad you asked! Let us explain…
Basically, a cat cafe is a place where people can come and sip on a cup of great coffee or tea, nibble on a yummy snack, and snuggle with adorable, adoptable kitties. In other words, purrrrrrrr heaven…
The cat cafe concept originated in Taiwan and became popular in Japan soon thereafter, where many apartments do not allow pets. These cat cafes housed the same group of resident cats and provided a destination for people seeking feline companionship and comfort. Cat cafes soon caught on in other areas of the world, and upon reaching North America the concept was modified: instead of housing the same group of cats permanently, why not provide a safe and interactive “cafe foster home” for homeless cats while increasing their exposure to potential adopters who visit the cafe?
2. Just how many cat cafes are out there now?
3. So, you plan to serve food and beverages in the same place that you’re housing cats? Is that even safe?
Paws & Purr will essentially be split into two separate main spaces: 1) the cafe side, where beverages and food will be prepared and served to our human patrons, and where merchandise will be displayed and sold; and 2) the kitty lounge, a highly “catified” space where the cats will live in the laps of luxury (pun intended) and our human patrons can visit for kitty cuddles and playtime while enjoying their coffee, if they so choose. For the safety of both the felines and our human patrons, at no time will the cats be allowed to enter the cafe side, and every precaution will be taken to ensure this. However, there will also be seating available on the cafe side for those who wish to relax with their beverages and snacks before being lavished with feline adoration.
4. I can’t wait to visit the cafe! When and where will you be open and located?
5. How many cats will live at the cafe and where will they go overnight?
As for sleeping arrangements, the cats will sleep in the kitty lounge at the cafe! You could likely find them curled up in their comfy and cozy beds, perches, shelves, baskets…well, you get the idea! We will essentially be a large foster home for our felines, so they will never be caged or crated, and they get to enjoy the home-like comforts of the cafe until they are adopted by their furever humans.
6. Can I bring my cat to the cafe with me?
7. Will I be able to bring my kids to the cat cafe?
8. What if I'm allergic to cats?
9. Can I surrender my cat to Paws & Purr Cat Cafe?
City of Thunder Bay Animal Services
Thunder Bay & District Humane Society
Caring Hearts Cat Rescue and Sanctuary