Jul 102017

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.

Ferndale Cat Cafe

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.

Looks like this cat didn't want his picture taken

It must have been nap time

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.

These kittens were ready to play

Did I mention there were kittens? Lots and lots of kittens! These two were up and at ’em and ready to play.

This kitten is working the cute factor

This one was really working the cute factor. It was hard not to take him home with me.

Vicky found a kitten

Vicky found this sweetie hiding in here and gave him some scritches.

Uh oh! I'm cheating with another cat!

This kitten found me! Don’t tell Wally, Ernie and Zoey I was cheating on them.

This cat preferred to watch us from up high

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.

Ferndale Cat Cafe cats

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.

  67 Responses to “A Visit to the Ferndale Cat Café”

  1. OMC……..my mom would not have been able to leave without taking a kitty home. That’s why there are now 8 of us living in our small house. Thank you for sharing your experience with photos.
    Cat Scout Charles

  2. OH I so wish I would be able to visit one. If there are any in the State of Tennessee I don’t know about it. I would LOVE to go. But not across the State to do so.

  3. I’ve been hearing a lot about cat cafes and I admit that I’m skeptical. That being said, if the cats are taking good care of and not just given to random coffee drinkers who spontaneously decided to adopt a cat, it could be a great way to find new homes.

    I know that every shelter works different, but I liked the policy of my local shelter – you’ve to wait three days after you decided to adopt a cat. You can reserve the cat of course, but you’ve to wait at least three days to take her home. Many may argue that their shelters are overcrowded and grateful when someone takes a cat home, but I think it’s not too much to expect that a cat owner can wait for three days and also take the struggle of coming back. The shelter believes they’ve a higher chance of finding humans who are serious about getting a cat.

    However, I know that you’re very good with cats and give a lot of thinking to cat rescue – so if you say that this cafe was great, there’s a great chance that I’d agree!

    • The cat cafe is part of the Ferndale Animal Shelter and any adoptions from the cafe would have to go through the same process as an adoption from the shelter. Just like most shelters and rescues, I’m sure they vet any potential adopters before adopting a cat to them. ~Island Cat Mom

      • Great to hear! 🙂 That’s what I thought than I wrote that your judgement is reliable – you know how things are working – in the opposite to me. Thank you for explaining !

  4. Oh my, we know you sure had fun there! Thanks for sharing those sweeties with us!

  5. We have no cat cafes around here. Maybe when our humans go to California in September, they can find one to visit. The Ferndale one certainly had lots of cats. Such great willpower that neither you nor Vicky took a bundle of fur home with you,. Thanks for sharing this. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  6. Looks like a fun place. I have been meaning to visit a cat Cafe not too far from me but have not had the opportunity yet.

  7. OH WOW what a totally fabulous Cat Cafe Report, we just luffed it, thanks so much fur sharing!!!

    Bestest purrs

    Basil & Co xo

  8. Oh! I really enjoyed hanging out with you at the Ferndale Catfe’ Lounge, and am ready to saddle up for our next adventure! In response to ‘When The Cat Is Away”s comment, I know there is a waiting period…you cannot just scoop up a cat and walk out! Most reputable rescues in Metro Detroit take great care to go over applications and verify everything, plus add a one or two day waiting period. The Ferndale Cat Rescue http://ferndalecatshelter.org/ is responsible.
    I also have discovered that there is another cat cafe in Ann Arbor, but haven’t yet investigated, Tiny Lions http://www.tinylions.org/. July is going to be a bit nuts, but August is open!
    P.S. I’ve never visited Grosse Ile, hint hint…

  9. we heard rumors that a catfe is opening up nearby. not sure the boyz are going to appreciate me cheating on them.

  10. Oh, what a dream of a kitty heaven. And yes, we SAW you adoring that little bundle in your lap but won’t tell. Darling, all of them and of course, mama loved the calico watching from above.
    Don’t let her find this place, okay?

  11. That looks like so much fun, and great to meet another blogger too!

    I remember when cat cafés first started up in Japan, and people said horrible things about them. I am so glad they have now become a wonderful tool to encourage adoptions.


  12. Squee! Too much kitten cuteness! The cat cafes I’ve visited didn’t have kittens. They had adult cats available for adoption. I think one of them does adopt out kittens, just not while I visited. It looks like you and Vicky had a wonderful time. And how great to finally meet in person!

  13. Looks great and those kitties are adorable!

    Glad you and Vicky got the chance to visit 🙂

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  14. This was a great recap and it is pawesome that you not only were able to finally meet Vicky, but that you got to see the cafe! The kitties are darling and it looks like a pawesome place! I have yet to go there, (but I remember seeing it when Playful Kitty went some time ago and when Vicky went with you). I have been to two cat cafes, both in NYC, they were catabulous!

  15. Oh that looks like such fun. No way would I have gotten out of there without a kitten or two. What a great thing for the shelter to do for all kinds of reasons.

  16. We have a cat cafe here in Vancouver, Canada but our Mama has yet to go . . .something about willpower and her not being certain she could leave the cafe without a cat in tow!!
    That must have been wonderful for your mom to meet a blogging friend ; the cafe looks wonderfully indulgent to all cat needs 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  17. What fun!!! We love the ideas of these cafes and mom visited her first one in Orlando. We think it helps adoptions since people get to see them in “non shelter” setting and the cats tend to be more relaxed.

  18. We went to one in Madison WI but it was very small and only had 3 kitties. But it is still a fun place and a great way to have cats get exposure to be adopted!

  19. What a lovely place to be 🙂 Granny hasn’t been in a cat cafe yet, but if there’s one in the environment, she will surely go…without me… MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 <3

  20. My human and a friend did yoga at a local cat cafe! That was very fun for them! I love that more and more of them keep on springing up.

  21. WE are clapping and so happy you and Vicky had a meet and greet at such a lovely facility.
    Squeals and delights here. Every single kitty/cat is beautiful. I won’t tattle on you
    Hugs Madi’s Mom

  22. We think cat cafes are pretty pawsome. And that kitten who tried to adopt you is really adorable.

  23. I love this! Let’s go! Or start one of our own in Michigan!

  24. It is such a great idea, and I hope these types of places start popping up everywhere! I think I’d have had trouble not leaving with one of those kittens too.

  25. That cat café looks like a lot of fun ! We’re glad to read that there is a serious process for adoption, and it’s a great tool to meet cats for adopters. And the best is that you could meet another blogger ! Purrs

  26. OMC! It’s amazing your mom spent time with all those cats and didn’t come home with one! We’re super impressed! The one kitty sleeping in the purple knitted bed looks like Zoey.

  27. As you know, we have a couple in NYC but I’ve never let TW visit one. Her and Aunt Pauline talk about it all the time. I’ll give you three reasons why you didn’t come home with a cat—Ernie, Wally and Zoey.

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  29. I loved seeing your report about Catfe. No matter how many cat cafes pop up, there are all unique.

  30. What a pawsome place! I dream of visiting a cat cafe one day…the closest is the one in Montreal. The Catfe Lounge looks amazing. (And I adore the cat on your phone cover!!!)

  31. You made our mom so envious. There’s a couple here nearby that mom has never visited yet. This post just reminded her that visiting a cat cafe is on her pending list.

  32. What a fun day! And how cool that you got to meet up with the human behind Eastside Cats! I’ve only been to the cat cafe in Charleston, SC before, which was lots of fun. There are a couple in Atlanta too that I hope to visit sometime soon!

  33. I really want to go to a cat cafe. There’s one about an hour from me in Philadelphia. I can’t believe I haven’t gone yet! Thanks for sharing about your time there and the pictures. What a fun day you had!

  34. We had a cat cafe here but it closed within about seven months, can’t remember why now. At any rate, it would be way too much of a temptation for our mom! (We’ve had these accidental cats before–just look at Izzy, and Ivan, too, for that matter.) We very much enjoyed seeing your visit, though–looks like a lot of fun!

  35. Oh, MY!! Now there are two things on my bucket list. I nevfur had one till just now, MOL!
    Ann Arbor is about 90 minutes from us if the roads and traffic are good;
    Ferndale is quite bit further.
    But since they are both in Michigan like we are…oh how petcretary wants to go and have some kitty fus all over her:)

    Its cool that you got to meet a fellow blogger in that kind of a setting.

  36. That looks like a great Cat Cafe. I went to the Meow Parlour in NYC, but wasn’t thrilled with it.

  37. So lucky! We were gonna visit one while we were in the Uk, but we ran out of time. We should be going to see one when we go back in February!

  38. We’re not sure we want TBT ta visit a Catfe. It seems vaguely threatening, What if he became addicted, sneaking out at night to “grocery shop” or visit the “hardware store” leaving us alone fer hours?

    But iffen yer Bein can control that, it seems OK.

  39. Oh, the mom bean says that looks like a fun place to hang out, have a coffee and play with cats. She’d feel right at home there….especially if she ended up with cat hair in her mug. MOL!

  40. I do not think there is one in the Dallas/Fort Worth area!

  41. Wow! That’s a great place for human-s to meet up, Purrs!

  42. Oh what a NICE place you visited! Looks like lots of spots for the adoptables to hang out and have fun too while they HOPEFULLY are finding forever homes with the visiting humans. I would have had a tough time NOT adopting one of those precious cats for sure……..I’ve never been to one – there aren’t any in our immediate area – but if I have the chance I definitely WOULD!

    Hugs, Pam

  43. Cat Cafe is the purrfect place to meet up with bloggie friend! 🙂 Glad you both had a great time. The kitties there are all so adorable. I haven’t had a chance to visit cat cafe..but hopefully one day 🙂

  44. Cat cafes are such a great thing! I’m glad you got to visit one. Mom says there’s one “2 hours” away from us in Portland, but she hasn’t had a chance to visit it yet. I’m sure the kitties loved having you play and visit with them. Do you think Wally, Ernie & Zoey would welcome a new sisfur or brofur? Hugs!

  45. OH! It looks like you guys had such a great time! I can’t believe you managed not to take one home!

  46. What a great cafe! My friend lives in Bay City and I told her she should go. I’m going to share this post with her.

  47. Mee-you Lady Sue mee not mee-yow a werd to yur katss; yur seecret iss safe with mee!
    LadyMum says shee wood lUV to visit that Caatfe butt her travel dayss are over….so shee reelly enjoyed thee post today
    An that wee cutie lyin inn thee bed; well even mee wood like him or her to bee mee fursib!
    Fankss fur sharin with us…
    ***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xXx

  48. What a wonderful place to meet a fellow cat blogger! I’d love to visit a cat cafe since I can’t have a cat of my own to snuggle.

  49. This is quite the Cat Café. Fantastic they use shelter kitties. Are the kitties up for adoption? We went to the cat café in London. The cats were well cared for and had about everything a kitty could want. The kitties were residents that remained there. The kitties were from a shelter but were not adopted out unless life in the café became strenuous on them or their psyche.


  50. Kitten cuteness. I think I’d have to eat and drink V-E-R-Y slowly.

  51. Maybe it’s a good thing I’ve never been to a cat cafe … Bear has a hard enough time with one sister 🙂

  52. What a great experience! The perfect place to meet a fellow blogger 🙂

  53. Oh I love cat cafes! I’ve been twice and looking to visit one new one in the NYC area. Yes it is therapeutic and comforting hanging with cats. I love that the café you visited have kittens! It is tempted to bring them home isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your experience.

  54. I love that these cat cafes are popping up all over the place. It’s a great way for potential adopters to meet cats in a more natural environment. So often at shelters, you don’t get to see animals’ true personalities because they’re so scared and in a strange place.

  55. We LOVE this, what a great visit.

    Did you know, there is going to be a cat cafe here in Wellington? When you come to visit we can all go and see the cats here 🙂

  56. I so want to visit a cat cafe in New York! I think they are such wonderful places helping to raise both awareness and adoption. It’s kitten season at shelters, which is sad but also adorable. Great time to adopt to help free up kennels so shelters can help other kitties.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  57. I love this approach! It’s kind of like a blind date with several potential future pets. You get to know them in a ‘real world’ situation, which shows their personality more clearly. You can also see how timid or friendly they are, etc. Nice place! If I visited, I’d take a few cat toys as gifts and to see how playful the cats are.

  58. I went to visit the one in Portland. I really liked their decor. Looks like a fun place for a meetup although Mr. N would definitely not be welcome!

  59. I haven’t ever visited a cat cafe, but I’m going to be on the lookout now that I’ve read your post! It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful day getting acquainted with new cats and a cat blogger! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  60. Must go here now! We have one cat cafe down in Denver but nothing here in Boulder. I will have to go check it out! I love that potential adopters get to interact with the cats in a more homey environment than a shelter can provide.

  61. Mom Paula visited her first cat cafe in New York last fall. She said it was an amazing place, but it also made her a little sad to realize these wonderful cats didn’t have a home.

  62. We’re so envious! (actually, the MOM is – we’d rather she not cheat on us, too, MOL!)

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