Alex Heldrich, Reporter
Far, far away, in the land of Seattle rests the small shire of the Meowtropolitan Cafe. This seemingly average coffee shop is actually home to 20 to 30 feline knights. For $10, customers get any beverage of their choice and 50 minutes to spend petting and playing with cats in the medieval themed cat lounge.
The cat cafe, which recently opened this year, adopts adult cats from the Regional Animal Services of King County. The newly adopted cats then spend several weeks warming up to the other cats before they’re released into the cat lounge.
There are seven residential knights who permanently stay at the Meowtropolitan Cafe: Penguin, Nova, Django, Pink, Clouds and Robin. The other 10 to 20 knights that make up the rest of the feline staff can be adopted by customers. The cafe is frequently getting new cats from RASKC as others are getting adopted into loving homes. Profiles for some of the adoptable cats are available on the cafe’s website, seattlemeowtropolitan.com, so those looking into adoption may find out which cats suit their needs before meeting the cat in person at the cafe. The profiles detail how well the cat gets along with other cats, if they like people, how well they interact with kids, if they like to play and their eating habits.
Currently, there are only nine cats listed on the website for adoption, although there are more cats who live at the cafe who aren’t ready to be adopted because they’re new to the scene and still need to be better socialized.
For those who aren’t looking to adopt and just want to de-stress or enjoy a catpuccino, Meowtropolitan Cafe is just the place. There are tables and benches outlining the room so there are plenty of places to relax with a coffee in hand and cat on the lap. Big windows line the front of the cafe so that passers-by may gawk in envy. The cafe also has tasty cat-themed pastries such as macarons shaped like a little kitty’s head.
There’s absolutely no “cat smell” in the lounge. There’s a litter box behind a wall in the far corner that’s out of sight and out of mind. Everything is kept sanitary so customers can focus on snuggling with cats.
Every cat in the lounge was welcoming and loving. One younger cat with a lot of energy was running around playing, but most of the others were relaxing in the beds that are spread throughout the room. Clouds is especially loving, letting people scratch his belly for 20 minutes.
The overall concept of the cafe is genius. It allows those contemplating adoption to interact with and get to know their cat’s personality before bringing them home. Meowtropolitan Cafe is a great activity during a day in Seattle. It brings happiness to every cat and customer.
For those looking to have the time of their life, visits can be booked on seattlemeowtropolitan.com. Walk-ins are also welcome, but spots aren’t guaranteed. There’s a limit as to how many people can be in the room at once so the cats aren’t overwhelmed. The lounge is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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