CatCafe Lounge: Los Angeles, CA
Phone: +1 (323) 645-9113
Hours: Wed-Mon 11:00 - 20:00; Closed Tues
Entrance Fee: $25/hour
California Dreamin': Review of CatCafe Lounge
CatCafe Lounge had been open three months when I visited, but instead of working through the usual new business bumps in the road, things were off to roaring start.
As of mid-May, 40 cats had found forever homes (79 as of November)- a tremendous achievement in such a short period.
I arrived slightly early for my 11 am Saturday appointment, so I browsed around the lobby area admiring the new construction. The design is stunning- simple and austere yet striking all at once. It’s also extremely ‘catified’ with plenty of napping spots and kitty toys, but the star of the house is a large wooden cat tree (modeled after one the owner saw in Japan) with plenty of perches for the kitties to get up and away from people when they need a break.
There were 33 felines in residence the day I visited, which is quite a few, but the space is large and the socialization process well-established which has helped keep any alpha-cat (territorial) issues at bay.
I usually take a liking to one or two cats when I visit a cat cafe, but was particularly smitten with rambunctious Oscar, a lovable tabby that turned out to be extremely photogenic when he stopped running around for two seconds allowing me to snap a picture! I was also lucky to be introduced to shy tortie Kimmy, cutie Melody and raven-haired Cleo.
In between kitty love, I enjoyed a cup of tea while chatting with the friendly staff and getting the low-down on CatCafe Lounge. A 501c3 non-profit, CatCafe Lounge has a mission to reduce euthanization rates by socializing cats and increasing adoptions.
Socialization of cats previously thought to be feral or ‘unadoptable’ has become a real turning point in the no-kill movement. Traditional shelters (which are still critically important in the overall animal welfare system) can be stressful for certain cats and can cause them to be overlooked or euthanized unnecessarily.
CatCafe Lounge works with Stray Cat Alliance and the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles as their shelter partners, both advocates for creating a no-kill nation and promoters of rescue, adoption & #TNR… all topics near and dear to this cat lover’s heart!!!
The fine folks at CatCafe Lounge have created a wonderful space for humans and kitties alike. But when you factor in their important mission and high-caliber shelter partners, the magnifier effect is incredible- meaning when you visit CatCafe Lounge, rest assured your donation will truly make a difference in the life of a cat.
Getting your feline fix AND helping the cats of California? What could be better?
Date Visited: 5/12/18