By: Mary Beth McAndrews
Have you always wanted to go to a cat cafe? Have you always wondered what a cat cafe really is? Well, the time is now for both of those things as these feline-centric coffee shops are popping up all over the country. What is it exactly? Well, it’s just what it sounds like: a café where you can go and play with cats. Some call it crazy, some call it genius. The best part of the whole thing is that, in most cases, these cats are up for adoption and are getting a chance at a new home. This craze started in Japan and came over to the United States in 2013. Below is a list of a few of the cat cafes around the country. Don’t see a location near you? Check out Eater.com for a definitive list of existing and upcoming cat cafes! Make sure to pay attention to the rules of each café, as many have varying age restrictions.
Crumbs & Whiskers: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Cost: $10 per hour Monday-Friday, $12 per hour Saturday and Sunday
This is D.C.’s first cat café, which opened only a few weeks ago thanks to an ambitious cat lover and Kickstarter. All cats in the cafe are available for adoption through the Washington Humane Society. While the menu is small, coffee and desserts are provided by Georgetown Bites, a café across the street. On top of that, the shop offers a wide variety of cute t-shirts and cards, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the cafe.