I’ve been really missing having a pet lately (our cat sadly passed away a couple of years ago) so when my friend Emma suggested we check out the ‘Cat Cafe’ I got very excited at the thought of hanging out with cats and hopefully getting myself some kitty cuddles in the process. I’d actually been wanting to visit the cat cafe ever since it opened last year but it was such a novelty thing that it was nearly impossible to get a booking for the first few months. Thankfully, you only need to book two days ahead of time now which suits my last-minute organization skills much better.
So today I braved the crazy Melbourne heat and
ran headed to what I had already dubbed ‘cat lovers’ heaven’ in my head.
After signing a piece a paper to confirm that we had read and understood the rules (‘don’t pull on the cats tails’ – got it!) and washing our hands, Emma and I were led to the upstairs rooms where the cats hang out. Or more exactly ‘sleep‘. Because in my state of cat euphoria I had completely forgotten one little detail about cats – they don’t jump around excitedly and seek out pats all day long – they mostly sleep all day long. Which is great if you’re at home having a cuddle with your pet but not quite as fun when you’re in a room full of strangers with nothing else to do but stare at 11 sleeping cats.
So…I have to admit that things felt a little awkward when we first got upstairs and for a moment I did wonder what we were going to do for the next 55 minutes of our booking slot.
Thankfully a few of the cats woke up shortly after and started playing around which provided everyone with some much needed distraction. The cats weren’t as keen on cuddles as I was hoping (gosh I sound like a crazy cat lady – I swear I’m not) but it was still nice to see them interact and to occasionally pat them.
Also, to be fair, the cats still looked pretty adorable while sleeping, especially the three kittens which I’m pretty sure every lady in the room wanted to take home. Taking photos of them stretching, yawning and generally being adorable was definitely the highlight of my day.
I was also really happy to see that all the cats looked very content and comfortable in their new home. All were adopted from rescue shelters so it’s nice to see they’re finally getting the happy life they deserve. Even their houses are pretty fabulous.
You can also tell the staff looks after the cats very well and are very passionate about them. If you have any questions about any of the cats they’re more than happy to answer them – in great length (*cough* crazy cat people *cough*).
Overall, I’m still really glad I went to the Cat Cafe but it wasn’t quite the purrfect experience I was hoping for (yeah I know- I couldn’t help it). Perhaps a good coffee and a nice snack (the cafe sadly only serves food from vending machines) and maybe a little music (I’m not talking ‘heavy metal’ but anything to fill the silence would have been nice) would have made the experience a tad more exciting.
It did confirm one thing for me though – I’m definitely ready to adopt a cat soon :)
Have you ever been to a Cat Cafe? What did you think?