Hello to everyone here at Katzenworld! Thank you to Marc-Andre for adding me as a contributor; I am thrilled that I’m going to be able to share my cat photography on here with all you cat lovers. We already had one great post by Meandering with Misha about the cat cafe but because everyone here is so excited about this new place, here’s my take (as modified from my blog post).
I can’t tell you how happy I am that my city of Seattle just got its first cat cafe, Seattle Meowtropolitan, having opened its doors just recently on Boxing Day (that’s 12.26.15). I first met the savvy entrepreneurs behind it, Matt and Andrew, about a year ago now, over coffee (of course) to simply talk cats. And finally the cafe is open!!
Because we have been in touch ever since, to talk about rescue cats, my photography, and well, cats in general, I was lucky enough to get an early invite to check out the new cafe. I hope you can get a good idea as to how fabulous it is from my images…
There are several cities in the U.S. that have cat cafes (the closest to us is Portland) and I know that Seattle has been waiting with baited breath for this for a while now. London has long been envied, having Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. No more waiting! I say bring it on…
You must make paid reservations, so that the the main room with the cats isn’t overloaded with people, and the cats aren’t overwhelmed (the only waiting people may still have to do). The main area is fantastic: spacious, lots of light (perfect for photos!), with the glorious center play column for the cats, with woodwork that I so wish I could have in my own home for my cats. The carved-out silhouettes of cats and all the runways would have Jackson Galaxy so impressed. It’s absolutely beautiful carpentry. Even the flooring is beautiful, complete with a few painted swirling cats and the cafe logo. All I think they need now is some stunning cat imagery on the walls (ahem!).
The adoptable cats come from Regional Animal Services of King County, and there were 3 kitties that were really busy when I was there (including the tuxedo model kitty you see here, Penguin), and they are all free to move about as they please. Within reason… The front coffee ordering area and the main cat/play area is separated by double doors, so the old ‘I don’t want cat hair in my coffee’ is a moot point. I honestly don’t think you’d be coming there in the first place if that is your concern anyway. At this point in my life, who knows how much cat hair I’ve inadvertently swallowed!
My cat macaron was delish, my iced Americano with caramel (I drink iced drinks all year round!) tasted ‘Herkimer’ good, but all I was left wanting was a wish that the cafe was closer to me so I can come more often. I’ll be back, and I hope all you Seattle cat fans get to go, as well as those who visit from afar. I also hope it means some kitties get adopted through the cafe; the ones that I met that day were definitely working it. The business model presents a double-edged sword though: they want great cats acclimated enough to host the coffee guests, but with the concept of it being a great way to show off why they should be adopted, there will be a turnover of kitties.
I don’t think you need to feel guilty about going to have your coffee and hang out with the cats; it may seem a luxury, but this is the perfect place especially for those who can’t have a cat where they live at present, or who are missing a feline friend who is far away or who has passed away. Cats are the most honest coffee date you will ever have, they are endlessly entertaining, and pretty quiet. And funny, and well, you know the rest. Drop me a line if you make it in there!
The location in Wallingford is 1225 N. 45th St.; just off Stone Way.
Open: 11 am – 3 pm, 4 pm – 9 pm Closed Mondays
**If you’d like to see more of my cat photography, come and visit me over at K.A.Moore Photography. I’m a transplanted Brit living in Seattle, and I’m primarily a pet photographer, specializing in cat photography. I photograph a ton of rescue kitties to get them their new homes, and love the never-ending challenge. I hope to see you!!
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