**UPDATE: the above video details we will have 12 cats. We now have 20 CATS!
Cat cafés aren't exactly a well-known or widespread in the States. Here are some questions we get asked a lot.
When will you open?
There are a lot of factors that go into giving an accurate answer to this question. We feel safe saying SUMMER of 2018, but whether that's mid-Summer or late-Summer depends on how quickly our construction can get done.
What even is a cat café?
It's simple! A cat café is a single location that serves food and beverages and allows patrons to interact with the resident cats. On one side of the business is a café, then there is a dividing wall with a viewing window and double door entrance to the cat playroom, which is filled with 20 adoptable cats. For an extra fee, you can take your beverage and edibles into the playroom to enjoy while cuddling cats. Rest assured, there are no cats in the kitchen. And, for those with allergies, you can still enjoy the cats from the safety of our viewing window, as we have a separate HVAC system for the café side.
Cat cafés first opened in Taiwan, and then spread to Japan, a country that has become particularly famous for its cat cafés. In fact, there are over 150 spread throughout the country. Cat cafés can now be found throughout the world, but especially in Asian countries.
Why would people want to visit a cat café?
People like cat cafés for lots of reasons. For one, some people just can't commit to owning a cat due to finances or transience. However, that doesn't mean an individual should be deprived of quality cat time. And what would be worse than someone pretending to be your friend just so they can hang out with your cat? Tell them to come to Papa's! Second, some people can't own pets due to landlord, student housing restrictions, or family allergies. Those people want to pet cats, and we have cats who want to be pet. It's win-win! Another reason is the chance to meet a new forever-friend. More on this in the next question...
Why do you let people adopt your cats?
First, not all of our cats are adoptable. We have two resident cats who offer some continuity and familiar faces to our patrons (and staff). Part of the American cat café model is to allow cats to meet and interact with humans in a more casual environment. A cat cannot really show off its personality in a room full of cages or in a strange environment where everybody is treating it like a flight risk. Cat cafés allow cats to relax and show people who they really are, which we hope will make it easier for folks to find their first forever-friend or meet a cat who is ready to join an already cat-occupied home.
Why do you have so many rules? They're just cats!
As it turns out, we're actually kind of lenient in terms of rules. In fact, in Japan, there are SO many cat cafes that there are federal guidelines dictating the rules at cat cafes for the safety of the cats. And so, many cat cafes in the U.S. model some of their rules after the practices in Japan. Additionally, many of our rules help ensure the safety of, and provide an overall pleasant experience for, a wide range of customers.
Can I bring my own cat/pet to hang out in the playroom?
No. Please. We have enough cats. And your hamster will NOT have fun.
Rules & Regulations
See our reservations tab for a full listing of our policies.