A pair weeks in the past, my husband and I spent a couple of days vacationing in Santa Barbara, California. It was once our first time there, so I researched a laugh issues to do and spot. When I discovered the Cat Therapy cat café, I knew we needed to pay a consult with. And, as a result of we had been clear of our 4 cats for a couple of days, we had been excited to get some cat cuddles.
The cat café
Positioned simply off ancient State Boulevard, Cat Treatment turned into Santa Barbara’s first cat café in 2017. The brainchild of Catalina Esteves, she sought after to open a trade that mixed her 3 passions in existence: animals, folks and charity paintings.
Partnering with Stray Cat Alliance, the café properties adoptable cats in its at ease, protected and nourishing surroundings, vastly bettering their high quality of existence, giving them a brief house and offering them with the affection and socialization they want whilst they wait to seek out their endlessly households. And 100% of the adoption charges from cats followed on the café are donated again to the organizations the cats got here from. The café additionally organizes a laugh, instructional occasions to lift finances for its rescue companions.
Right here’s what you’ll be able to do at Cat Treatment:
- Cat living room visits, the place you’ll be able to benefit from the loving corporate of anyplace from 12 to 20 free-roaming rescue cats
- Personal occasions like birthday events, circle of relatives gatherings and particular events
- Cat yoga, so you’ll be able to track up your frame and thoughts a few of the adoptable cats all through an all-levels yoga magnificence led by way of an authorized trainer
- A lovely cat-themed present store
- Complimentary espresso and tea station
As a result of animals and industrial kitchens don’t combine, Cat Treatment partnered with Brasil Arts Café, the place you’ll be able to experience 15% off yummy treats which are protected to deliver into the café (simply display that you’ve got a Cat Treatment reserving arising). Select up your meals there, then head on over to consult with the cats.
We got here to the café as walk-ins (reservations aren’t required however are beneficial) and had been requested to come back again in a pair hours, as there was once a youngsters’ party occurring on the time. (Thankfully, our day’s plan incorporated wandering up and down State Boulevard, so we had masses to look whilst we waited!) We were given again simply because the celebration broke up and loved seeing the grins on the ones youngsters’ faces as they got here out of the café. I want cat cafés were round when I used to be a child!
Once we were given into the cat living room, a few the cats got here as much as take a look at us out. Lots of the cats, even though, lounged round on massive pillows, relaxed chairs, cubby holes and wall cabinets – most likely wiped out from the celebration!
The cat living room is small however roomy, and there’s such a lot to absorb – a laugh décor, cat-themed knick-knacks and relaxed furnishings. In a relaxed and stress-free surroundings, we were given a number of cat cuddles to tide us over till we were given house to our personal kitties.
The cats themselves had been all very calm and pleasant, which is why I feel cat cafés are any such nice thought. Even supposing you’re now not able to undertake, you assist socialize the cats to lead them to as in a position as conceivable for his or her endlessly properties.
Be informed extra at cattherapysb.com, and observe the café @cattherapysb on Instagram and Fb.
Annie Butler Shirreffs has labored within the puppy trade for 20 years and is recently the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she was once a bit lady, she has at all times had tom cat buddies in her existence. She and her husband percentage their Southern California house with their 4 cats and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom experience being testers for cool, new merchandise.
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