Next time you plan a trip to Disney World, make sure to save some time to visit the Orlando Cat Café! It’s the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry and visit with some sweet kitties, maybe even take one home with you.
In 2015, owner and founder of the Orlando Cat Café, Sandy Cagan, wanted to find a way to give back to her community and to make a difference. Her love of cats lead her to creating a cat café, providing residents and visitors in Orlando with a place where they can come to unwind and sip some coffee or tea with a purring cat in their lap. Sandy created a partnership with SPCA Florida, the non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that provides all of the cats for the café, and Axum Coffee. Axum is a special kind of coffee shop with a philanthropic spirit. It is named after a town in Ethiopia where there is no clean drinking water. Axum Coffee donates profits to its Ethiopian namesake city to help improve the quality of life there. What a great connection!
Visitors enter through the coffee shop, where they can grab a drink and a snack, then, for a small hourly fee, they can go into the cat area to visit with the adoptable cats. This space has plenty of comfortable seating as well as tables and chairs for people to relax, plus lots of fun Catification elements to keep the cats active and entertained.
Bright colors provide a photogenic backdrop for cat towers and climbing shelves.
This little guy is enjoying his Hauspanther TriPod lounge!
In the first photo above, you can see a large pop-up tent where the smallest kittens are kept before moving out into the main room. The pop-up was recently replaced with this fantastic Kitten Cabana! It’s a greenhouse for growing kittens, complete with terra cotta pots and galvanized planters for beds and an adorable sunflower cat scratcher. How cute is that?
Once the kittens are big enough, they graduate out of the Kitten Cabana and join the bigger cats.
Like many cat cafés, Orlando has a private “getaway” room where the litter boxes are. This area has lots of comfy places for cats to nap and take a break from the action, since it’s off limits to visitors. This is always a good idea in a cat café, especially with larger cat populations in a busy space.
The Orlando Cat Café has found homes for more than 600 cats and counting since opening its doors in 2016. On the café’s 3rd anniversary and the Board of County Commissioners in Lake County Florida declared September 8th to be “Official Orlando Cat Café Day” by unanimous proclamation. If you live in Orlando, or if you’re just visiting, make sure to stop by this magical place to spend some time with the cats.
More info at orlandocatcafe.com.
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