A Visit to the Brooklyn Cat Café, Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Visit to the Brooklyn Cat Café, Saturday, September 3, 2016

I became friends with Marc and Iain through Katzenworld. They posted several of my poems on Purrsday Poetry. Since Marc and Iain had Brooklyn on their itinerary, I figured why not go to the Brooklyn Cat Café first (around 11 a.m.) before heading over to the Park Plaza Restaurant for lunch and poetry. Both places were within walking distance. I run the Brownstone Poets Reading series and had Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, and Mike Jurkovic as the featured poets. The reading was starting at 2:30 p.m. We would have plenty of time to partake in the “purring and head bumping” therapy.

We filled out the required waiver. Once done, it was time to interact with the kitties. The morning hours were best. The café wasn’t crowded, and we didn’t need to have reservations. Marc, Iain, and I had a field day photographing the felines. The kitties were friendly and most loved being divas. No wonder cats rule the Internet!

These are 4cats valerian cushions that you can find on the Katzenworld Shop!

Marc and Iain gave some catnip samples to the café volunteers, as well as several iconic Katzenworld key chains. The kitties approved the colorful catnip bags. One fur baby rolled from side to side, hugging the pillow-like bag.

The Cat Exercise Wheel wasn’t occupied. It took a while to convince the local Bengal to demonstrate how cats workout without going to the gym. The resident cats were their own bosses, and we humans were there to serve and enjoy their antics.

Upon our exit, we paid the five-dollar fee for a half an hour of “purring and head bumping” therapy—a real bargain!

Marc and Iain are natural cat whisperers. I’m still a work in progress. Hopefully, things will change with my building’s management. I’d love to adopt a kitty companion. I need cat therapy 24/7!

These pictures are worth more than a thousand words. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since Marc and Iain came to visit me in Brooklyn. It was so much fun!

The Brooklyn Cat Café focuses on rescue and adoption, not food service. Don’t expect to be sipping a cappuccino or latte at a table. The place is small, but large enough for the cats to roam. Reservations are encouraged, especially in the afternoon.

Brooklyn Cat Café
149 Atlantic Avenue (between Clinton and Henry Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 946-2286
general info       meow@catcafebk.com
press inquiries  media@catcafebk.com

Patricia Carragon
Brownstone Poets

Brooklyn writer and poet Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. Her publication credits include BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littéraire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Mom Egg, The Toronto Quarterly, Word Salad, and others. She is the author of “Journey to the Center of My Mind” (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and “Urban Haiku and More” (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Her two books are forthcoming: “Cupcake Chronicles” from Poets Wear Prada and “Innocence” from Finishing Line Press. She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. Patricia is a member of Brevitas and Pen Women’s Literary Workshop. She is one of the Executive Editors for Home Planet News Online. For more information, please check out her other website at:






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—1st Saturday Readings unless another date is requested by the restaurant’s owners—
–Park Plaza Restaurant
–220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St. & Pineapple Walk,
Brooklyn, NY 11201– – 718 – 596 – 5900—
—$5 donation—food/drink – Open Mic—
Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street, R to Court Street, Borough Hall— http://www.parkplazarestaurant.com/contact.html

15 thoughts on “A Visit to the Brooklyn Cat Café, Saturday, September 3, 2016

      1. My pleasure. Some very good friends are traveling to N.Y.C. in October, I will tell them about the cafe and perhaps they can get photos for the blog?

  1. As someone lucky enough to show Marc and Iain my favorite city, I understand your delight at spending time with them.
    And all those lovely kitties! Yum….no cappuccino needed

  2. That looks like a fun place to visit. I have been to the Meow Parlour, but this one looks better. I brought toys to the Meow Parlour and a worker accepted them, but looked at me like I was trying to poison the cats or something. That is cool you got to see the cats enjoy their nip.

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