Friday, March 31, 2017
Travelin Jack visits the #OrlandoCatCafé in Clermont, FL
As part of my trip last week, Julie booked a spot for us at a Jodi Ziskin's lecture series at the Orlando Cat Café. This was our first trip to a cat café, as there are none in Maine and the Purr in Boston has yet to open.
Due to regulations with food service, there was no food in the café area. To get to the cat room you had to go into the café and pay your fee at the coffee bar. You then go through a two door entry way - I'm guessing to try to reduce the number of cats that escape if they try to bolt through the door.
The room with the cats reminded me a bit of the rooms that I have seen in cat shelters that have catified. It didn't have a very unified feel, feeling a bit more like a hodgepodge of really cool cat accoutrements.
During Jodi's lecture, I ended up sitting on the floor; I was hoping that I could get a kitty to come and visit. I didn't have to wait long. Kittens can't seem to resist me.
After Jodi's lecture, we spent some time with the kitties and getting more photos. Travelin Jack spent some time getting to know the locals.
All of the kitties are from The Animal League, are up for adoption, and are subject to their adoption rules.. They have adopted over fifty kitties since they opened in September 2016. Cat cafs are wonderful ways to get adoptable cats in front of people who like kitties. So many people avoid shelters because they see them as sad places. A cat café is a happy place and you can go there when you aren't really looking to adopt and you know there won't be that expectation which you might have when you go to a shelter. Anything we can do to get adoptable cats in front of the general public is a good thing, and this is downright adorable.