Hi there! Island Cat Mom here. I’m taking over the blog today so I can tell you about a fun experience I had a couple of weeks ago. I visited the Catfé Lounge, a cat café located in Ferndale, Michigan, about 40 minutes from the island.
I didn’t go alone…I met up with fellow blogger, Vicky Denison, from the Eastside Cats. Vicky and I had never met before, except online, and we had been emailing back and forth over the last couple of months trying to arrange an in “purr”son get together. Vicky lives about an hour from me so we decided to meet someplace in between. What better place for two cat-loving people to meet than a cat café, right?
Cat cafés seem to be springing up all over the place. For those of you unfamiliar with cat cafés, they are usually associated with an animal shelter or rescue group. It’s an open space that has been “catified” with lots of cat trees, cat scratchers, places for the cats to climb, and toys to play with. The cats wander freely and, for a small donation, people can come and interact with them and “get their cat on” as I like to say. If you’re looking to adopt, it’s a great way to see how the cats act in an open setting. And being a café, most offer coffee, tea, water, and snacks, as well.
The Ferndale Catfé Lounge was founded in 2015. It’s part of the Ferndale Animal Shelter so all of the cats there are adoptable. Vicky and I spent about an hour or so playing with all the cats and kittens…and there were lots of kittens, I might add.
Here are some of the Catfé Lounge current cat residents that we had the pleasure to meet.
It must have been nap time when we were there since many of the cats were snoozing. One thing about the café, even though there were big windows letting in a lot of light, it still was dim inside which made picture taking a little difficult. Using a flash was frowned upon.
Did I mention there were kittens? Lots and lots of kittens! These two were up and at ’em and ready to play.
This one was really working the cute factor. It was hard not to take him home with me.
Vicky found this sweetie hiding in here and gave him some scritches.
This kitten found me! Don’t tell Wally, Ernie and Zoey I was cheating on them.
This pretty calico kept her distance and preferred to watch us from high up. There were lots of places for the cats to get away from it all if they wanted.
I don’t know how I managed to leave the Catfé Lounge without taking one of these cuties home with me.
If you ever get the chance to visit a cat café, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not looking to adopt, it’s a great way to have some fun with cats…and we know how therapeutic that can be not only for you…but for the cats as well.
Have you had the opportunity to visit a cat café? Let me know what your experience was like.