Cat Café? I've heard of these! Tell me more!
The goal of a Cat Cafe is to provide a fun, cage-free, low stress place for adoptable cats and cat lovers to meet and socialize. We are partnering with a local shelter, The Goathouse Refuge of Pittsboro, and act as a giant foster home for their kitties. Visitors can spend an hour at a time in the Cat Lounge, sipping on drinks, enjoying a snack, and getting all the purrs.
Hang on- Food and Cats? How can this be?
Our Cafe and Cat Lounge are separate spaces linked by a glass wall. The cafe will offer pre-made, pre-packaged snacks from the fabulous Phoenix Bakery in Pittsboro and other awesome vendors. It's all made off-site and brought in regularly. We don't do any onsite food prep, and everything is in single serve containers. So...it's all good! Wanna have a snack without venturing into the Cat Lounge? No problem! We will have limited seating available in the cafe so you can enjoy your snack while still being able to see some kitty action through the glass wall.
That sounds reasonable. But....Does it SMELL?
Cat Cafes would probably not be a thing if they did. We will make extra sure our kitties have the cleanest, freshest place to chill while they are with us. We have installed a super duper ventilation system, and there will be doting staff to keep the place spotless.
So how many kitties will be there?
The State of North Carolina says we can have up to 12 at a time.
Can I bring my cat from home?
Please, NO! We will have plenty that will want your undivided attention.
Do I need a reservation?
We strongly encourage reservations, and they are really easy to make online. We have a limited number of visitors allowed in the Cat Lounge at a time, but when space allows we love walk-ins! We charge an hourly fee, as most Cat Cafes do, which helps pay for staff, utilities, rent, and catnip. Our rate is $12 an hour for standard Cat Lounge hours, and we offer military and student discounts.
Is there an age policy?
For the safety of our cats and little ones, children 6 and under will be allowed in the Cat Lounge only during special kids' events. For children 7-13, we will require an adult to sign a waiver and be with them at all times in the Cat Lounge. For kids 14-17, we will need a waiver signed by an adult, but they can be in the lounge on their own.
Cool! There will be special events?!?
Yes! We look forward to offering all kinds of events, such as Yoga with Cats, Crafting with Cats, Book Clubs with Cats, Kids' Story Time with Cats...Bingo Nights, Mewvie Nights... the list of opportunities is endless! We will also encourage community involvement with sessions on topics like Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) , kitten foster programs, and more. Have an idea for a special event, private event, or know someone who would be great to lead a discussion or class? Let us know! We're all ears!
What should I expect when I enter the Cat Lounge?
Cats sleep. A LOT! But with 12 in the space at all times, there will always be some feline entertainment. The Cat Lounge is 2 stories, so there will be cats everywhere! We ask that you do not wake a sleeping cat, and picking up cats is not allowed. Our best advice is to find a comfy spot, grab a toy, and see who chooses you!
I met my soul cat. What now?
That's the best news! The first step is to fill out an adoption application provided by our shelter partner, The Goathouse Refuge of Pittsboro. They will contact you to do a home visit, and to help guide you through the process of bringing a new fur baby into your home. They are an amazing resource and have helped many families. They collect an adoption fee of $125 which helps cover the cost of getting a kitty adoption ready. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and a final health screening. Check out the adoption application form.
I want to be involved! How can I help?
We love hearing that! We have an Amazon Wish List that is full of things we need to get up and running, as well as things we will always need. Want to shop locally? We love getting things from Phydeaux, a fantastic locally owned pet supply store. Lightly used towels and blankets will always be appreciated. If we can't use it, our shelter partner can!
There are other ways to be involved if you would rather give your time. We are always in need of volunteers to help with cat transport, application reviews, home visits, and more. We would love to hear from you! Additionally, our shelter partner, The Goathouse Refuge, is always looking for assistance. Check them out, it's an incredible place! www.goathouserefuge.com
Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We look forward to your visit and hearing your feedback. By supporting Cat Tales Cat Cafe, you are helping to improve the process of cat adoption and in and turn saving lives. That is pretty aMEOWzing!