It’s happening fur-real! Norfolk has a cat cafe.
Catnip Cat Cafe — my baby, or should I say kitten? — is the first one of its kind in all of Hampton Roads and will give Hampton Roads superior bragging rights.
Here are 7 reasons why Catnip Cat Cafe will have Norfolk Purring:
Reason #1: Coffee + Cats = the Way to Our Hearts
Cat cafes are a real treat for kitties and humans alike. Catnip Cat Cafe is a unique coffeehouse with cats as the main attraction. Visitors are able to pre-purchase hourly passes online and soak up some quality cat time while sipping on coffee or tea. Relax, play, or even use the free WIFI to accomplish some work while in the company of cats at Catnip Cat Cafe. Get your cat fix and caffeine fix in one happy visit to this little shop located in Ghent!
Reason #2: Pure Paw-someness All Around!
Catnip Cat Cafe is totally “cat-centric.” From cat furniture to window beds, wall ledges, cat walks, beds, toys and more… the sweet, adoptable shelter cats housed at Catnip Cat Cafe have all the comforts they could possibly ever need. With plenty of room for the kitties to roam and play, Catnip Cat Cafe has tables, seating and even some floor pillows for visitors to lounge about and get some quality cat time in their day.
Reason #3: We Find Cats Fur-Ever Homes
Prepare to feel ALL the warm fuzzies because Catnip Cat Cafe is making it a mission to help cats from local shelters find their fur-ever homes. All of the Catnip cats are adoptable and live cage-free at the cafe. This special environment lends itself to giving these lovable critters an opportunity to socialize more, which increases their likelihood of adoption. Whether Catnip patrons adopt or not, every visit is much appreciated and contributes to the fostering of the cats. Catnip cats are adoption-ready, meaning they are all current on their vaccinations, spayed/neutered and ready to pick a new pet human. Catnip cats are mostly adults, as they are the most frequently passed over in potential adoption situations. The average cat cafe facilitates around 100 adoptions a year and we’re aiming to overachieve. We’ve been open less than a month and have adopted out 13 great kitties to their fur-ever homes!!! Let a Catnip Cat Cafe kitty rescue you.
Reason #4: Health Purr-ks & Benefits
We’re not doctors, but we have come across plenty of solid research that touts the medical benefits of cat ownership and spending time around cats. Stress reduction, lowered blood pressure, anxiety/depression relief and an increased overall sense of well-being are some of the benefits. Of course, some of our patrons are cat owners who want to add to their feline family, but maybe you are missing out on cat ownership opportunities for one reason or another and need a nice place to get your kitty fix. Perhaps your spouse is allergic to cats? Does your landlord not allow pets? Or do you just need a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of this crazy life? No matter the case, Catnip hopes to provide the Hampton Roads community with a relaxing, stress-free environment for people and felines to connect and be mutually entertained.
Reason #5: Fun. More Fun. And MORE FUN!
Sure, you have done yoga, paint nights, movie nights and all kinds of events that every other restaurant and establishment around Hampton Roads offers. But, have you ever done any of these with a cat theme? Our kitty cat crew has planned some super fun events and activities like cat-themed paint nights, yoga sessions (zen out while a cat lounges with you on your mat), craft your own cat toy DIY nights, movie nights (you + cats = deadly film critics), date nights and more! We will do our best to keep things fun, unique and thoroughly entertaining because we could all use a little more fun in our lives, right?
Reason #6: We Support Local Businesses
It’s about to get all kinds of local up in here.
While cat cafes are a global concept overall, we have a penchant for helping other local, small businesses thrive. We partner with local cat rescue groups and shelters and work with other local merchants for merchandise we sell at the cat cafe. We want to contribute to the growth of our community and local economy.
Reason #7: Crazy Cat People Exist
We know you’re out there and you cannot wait one meow minute to love on the sweet adoptable shelter kitties of Catnip Cat Cafe. The internet is full of cat memes, videos and all kinds of adorable and hysterical cat-related media. America loves their fur-friends and we know Hampton Roads residents are no exception to that rule. Catnip Cat Cafe is tapping into that feline love and is providing a place for cats and humans to enjoy each other’s company and maybe even get some more meme/video material to share with the rest of this cat-crazy world! Dog people, you may not get this whole cat cafe thing and that’s perfectly okay. All the crazy cat ladies/guys know that felines are funny, curious creatures that play hard, sleep hard and love hard.
We invite you to experience this one-of-a-kind cafe. We absolutely cannot wait for you to visit.
Catnip Cat Cafe is located at 2200 Colonial Avenue #19 in Ghent. We are having our Grand Opening celebration on July 14 starting at 3pm. We’ll have Councilwoman Andria McClellan sharing in our ribbon cutting ceremony and we’ll be giving tours, having raffles and other fun giveaways. For more info, here is the event on Facebook.