La Gattara Cat Lounge: Tempe, AZ
Phone: +1 480-712-6369
Hours: W-F 12-20:00, Sa/Su 12-18:00, Closed M/T
Entrance Fee: $10/hour
Gat-tastic: Review of La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique
La Gattara Cat Lounge is sure to get you smiling.
From the cheer-inducing colors to the friendly staff to the sweet kitties, it's a happiness boost everyone can enjoy.
We visited on a bright and sunny Saturday with Phoenix relatives who had never been to a cat cafe before, but were excited to see what it was all about. While everyone wandered the room getting to know the felines, I chatted with Amanda, a warm and welcoming cat staffer. She caught me up on the cat cafe, actually a cat lounge since they are not set up to serve food/beverage quite yet. The owner, Melissa, a dedicated and experienced cat rescuer, fosterer and advocate, worked with famed stylist Kate Benjamin, of design company Hauspanther to create the cat playroom (phase one), while the phase two will include a coffee bar and expanded boutique.
I was overjoyed to learn that La Gattara, open about one year, has facilitated 155 adoptions (as of April, 2018) via shelter partners Kneading Kitty's Rescue and All About Animals, a testament to their successful rescue partnerships.
Normally ranging between ten and twenty felines, there were eighteen fur balls in residence the day we visited. With the exception of Charlie Chaplin, the resident cat, all were available for adoption, including Nancy, a sweet and sassy girl, gorgeous blue-eyed Fallon and my favorite, Barney, a black and white short-haired imp!
The set-up is definitely geared towards maximizing cat interaction, so for those of us that live to play with kitties, La Gattara delivers in spades. Between kitty love and conversation with charming Amanda, it was a lighthearted outing that left us grinning long afterwards.
Those of us who love coffee anxiously await the cafe phase taking shape, but in the meantime, if you are looking for that perfect spirit lifter sans caffeine, look no further than La Gattara!
Date Visited: 3/26/18