Changes to Comic-Con Special for 2018

As you know, during Comic-Con, because of the crowds associated with the event, we change our procedures. We go to a reservations only system, because The Cat Cafe simply can’t handle the additional 135,000 people Comic-Con brings with our normal admissions system.

For those of you wanting to adopt a cat from The Cat Cafe, we suspend adoptions during Comic-Con. As Karla Peterson of the Union-Tribune put it, even Iron Man wouldn’t want to walk through the Comic-Con crowds with a cat carrier!

The Cat Cafe Comic-Con Logo

But this year, we’re going to be making some changes because of feedback we’ve received from customers. We’ve heard from our Comic-Con visitors that they don’t get to spend enough time with the cats. And we’ve also heard that they feel like the room gets too crowded and that the cats aren’t in the mood to interact.

To alleviate this, we’re going to limit the number of people who can be in the room with the cats to 12. We’re also going to extend the amount of time people get with the cats to 45 minutes.

In order to do this, we’ll need to increase the price of admission. We’ll be increasing the price to $20. We feel this still represents an economical way to get away from the Comic-Con crowds. You’ll get to enjoy the purr therapy The Cat Cafe clowder can provide for a little longer as well.

We’ll continue to offer a food or drink item with your admission. You’ll now have 50 percent more time to enjoy them with our cats. And don’t worry. If you want to grab something on the way out to take back to the Convention Center, you can!

We’re also going to work with our partners, The Cravory and Sunshine & Orange, to make sure that you’ve got plenty of food options to take with you. We have no doubt that they’ll be better than the options you have available to you at the show. And we also are confident that we’ll be able to serve you quicker.

Last year, most of our sessions sold out. By the second day of Comic-Con, we only had scattered spots left. We recommend that you book now to avoid missing out.

We here at The Cat Cafe appreciate your understanding as we work through the Comic-Con event. Come visit us during the show. See why some people say The Cat Cafe is one of the highlights of their Comic-Con experience!

The Cat Cafe Raises $420 for The Rescue House in May

In May, customers visiting The Cat Cafe contributed $420 to help The Rescue House continue to help cats find homes. Established in 1999, The Rescue House has sent over 13,000 cats to new homes. We’re proud to be a part of that.

In May, we sent five cats to good homes. Cornflake, Bellamy, Fred, George, and Maggie all went home. We’re going to miss all of these cats for different reasons.

We’ll miss Cornflake’s feisty nature and his willingness to give us a nip when he had enough. Bellamy entertained us by scaling the poles and working her way to the top of the Urban Feline Palm. And we won’t forget the antics of our blind boys, and the complete lack of fear Fred showed. However, we think that Frankie is glad that Fred isn’t around anymore because he won’t have to worry about Fred sitting on him. And how can we forget how Maggie evolved from a shy cat to an interactive and playful one?

But when we send cats home from The Cat Cafe, it gives us the chance to bring new ones in. We’ve welcomed back Nikki and Richochet, who came from a bad hoarding situation that started with just two cats. Just like Fred and George, Nikki shows that being blind won’t slow her down.

We also welcomed in two cats who came very close to losing their lives, Onyx and Rhonda. These two cats were close to being put down for space at a high kill shelter. Fortunately, a private rescuer was able to pull them before that happened. Then these two made their way to The Rescue House, and to The Cat Cafe.

Meet Onyx at The Cat Cafe

Onyx

Onyx is a gray tabby. She’s a little more shy than her sister, and you may find that she’s hanging out in the retreat when you visit her. But if she’s out in the playpen, she love interacting with people. And she loves to get that purr motor going.

Meet Rhonda at The Cat Cafe

Rhonda

Rhonda is the more social of the one year old girls. You’ll probably find her spending her time popping her head out of the green house that many of our cats like. She’ll roll over for you when she does this.

Come on by to say hello to the newest members of The Cat Cafe clowder and greet some old favorites.

Changes Coming for The Summer

At The Cat Cafe, we listen to the feedback we get from customers. We’ve noticed that a lot of people say it gets crowded during our peak hours, even when we limit the number of people in the playpen to 14. And a lot of people tell us they wish we had longer hours. Also, we hear from a lot of you that our reservation system isn’t user friendly.

We’re happy to let you know that we’re going to address those concerns. Starting June 1, we’ll limit the number of people who can enter the cat playpen at any time to 12. And The Cat Cafe will remain open until 4 PM. We’re also going to change our reservations system to one that is easier to use.

In order to make these changes, we’re going to have to alter our pricing. Effective June 1, the cost to enter the cat playpen will be $8. Reservations will continue to be made online and will cost $12. This will allow us to have fewer people in the cat playpen, extend the hours that The Cat Cafe is open and meet our financial obligations.

For those of you who visit The Cat Cafe regularly, we’re holding the price of memberships the same. That means monthly memberships will be $25, and annual memberships will cost $200. These memberships get you an unlimited number of admissions during the time they’re valid. So if you visit us frequently to check out the cats, a membership is going to be your most economical option.

We hope to see more regular visitors purchase memberships. It’s a great way for you to make your visits to The Cat Cafe more economical.

And when you visit us, whether you’ve purchased a membership or not, you’ll get to see two cats that have been with us before. We had four cats who came from a hoarding situation in Lakeside. Out of an abundance of caution, The Rescue House pulled them when one of the cats from that hoarding situation developed a medical issue. All four of the cats we had in receive their medical clearance. And two of the cats found good homes.

Ricochet, Nikki, and Vicki Came from a Hoarding Situation

Ricochet, Nikki, and Vicki Came from a Hoarding Situation

It’s only fitting that since we sent two blind cats home from The Cat Cafe, we get another one in. Nicki, along with her seeing eye cat sister Ricochet, are back in our clowder.

Come on in and see Nicki and Ricochet, as well as the other nine cats in our clowder!

The Cat Cafe Sends Six Cats Home in April

It was a busy month for us at The Cat Cafe in April. We sent six cats home, and while we’ll miss all of the cats who went home, we’re glad we were able to do it. We’re happy that Fig, Tallulah, Oscar, Fang, Seiko, and Charlie found good homes.

In addition, our customers contributed $328 to The Rescue House. We are glad that our customers are helping this organization achieve its mission of finding homes for cats.

With lots of cats going home, lots of cats come in to join the clowder at The Cat Cafe. And we’d like you to meet them.

Meet Twyla at The Cat Cafe

Twlya

First up is Twyla. She’s a relatively small cat, and she can be shy. In her foster home, she took a while to come out of hiding. Right now, she explores the playpen in The Cat Cafe after hours, so your best chance at seeing her is going to be through our live stream. But when this two year old tuxie gets used to you, she’s very loving.

Meet Levi at The Cat Cafe

Levi

Arriving at The Cat Cafe on the same day as Twyla and from the same foster home is Levi. This four year old lived a rough life. He needed serious medical attention to recover from his time on the streets of National City. But he recovered, and he loves to show his gratitude towards people as soon as he meets them.

Meet Maggie at The Cat Cafe

Maggie

Maggie’s journey was longer, with her coming in from Downey. After giving birth to a litter of kittens, Maggie ended up at a high kill shelter. Fortunately, she and her kittens found help before they got euthanized. Now, Maggie likes to show off her fluffy tail when things are quiet and calm in the playpen.

Meet Sophie at The Cat Cafe

Sophie

Poor Sophie has been through a lot lately. This eight year old was loved by her person for many years. But then, her person had to go to an assisted living center, and Sophie couldn’t come along. So she went to a foster home, and then joined us at The Cat Cafe.

Meet Blanco at The Cat Cafe

Blanco

Blanco also has endured a lot in his two years. He loved his people, and didn’t understand why they pushed him out of his home. Then, when they moved, they left Blanco to fend for himself. Normally, this is a death sentence for a deaf cat like Blanco. But, The Rescue House took him in and and brought him to The Cat Cafe.

Meet Fred at The Cat Cafe

Fred

Finally, we come to the last two cats to join our clowder at The Cat Cafe. These two one year olds are a bonded pair, so they have to go home together. Say hello to Fred and George. How can you tell these two orange boys apart? Fred’s a little smaller than his brother George.

Meet George at The Cat Cafe

George

Both Fred and George are blind. We don’t know how they lost their eyes, but they don’t let it slow them down. You will often see these two chasing toys all over the playpen.

We love having special needs cats join us at The Cat Cafe. We like the opportunity to show our customers how they’re great companions for the right people.

Come on in and meet the newest members of the clowder and say hello to some of your old favorites. We’d love to see you here at The Cat Cafe.

The Cat Cafe Sends Seven Cats Home in March

It was a busy month for adoptions at The Cat Cafe. We sent home seven cats. We will miss having Gemma, Glory, Jasper, Gibby, Sonny, Lady, and Gigi around. But we’re glad that they went to good homes. That’s what we’re looking to help our partners at The Rescue House accomplish — get adoptable cats into good homes.

In addition to sending these cats home, thanks to the generosity of our customers, The Cat Cafe raised $474 for The Rescue House.

We’re really happy to have sent so many cats home in March, and we’re glad our customers are so generous not just to us, but to our rescue partner.

Another thing we’re happy about is that we’ve finally worked out how to get a reliable live stream of our playpen to our customers. As you know, we dropped the live stream that was provided to us by a company hoping to highlight their product. We didn’t like how technical issues made it unreliable. So we set out to do it on our own. And it took quite a bit of work, but we made it happen.

While our live stream is much more reliable, it’s still subject to occasional glitches. We fix those as quickly as we can. And nothing beats an in person visit to The Cat Cafe anyway!

When you visit us in person, you’ll want to say hello to the three latest cats to join the clowder at The Cat Cafe.

Meet Angela at The Cat Cafe

Angela

Angela is the oldest and biggest cat to join the clowder here at The Cat Cafe. She’s three years old, and she’s going to need some help losing weight. She’s very friendly, and that’s one of the reasons why she’s overweight. Despite living outside, Angela was getting lots of meals. She would go from home to home to get food, so instead of the normal two meals a day, she was getting more like five or six!

Meet Fang at The Cat Cafe

Fang

Some people ask us how we can tell the difference between our two black cats. We tell them that Fang, who joined the clowder at The Cat Cafe more recently, is smaller and has a white whisker. This house panther is a year old, and he’s very friendly. He spent next to no time getting used to the playpen. And now, he spends a lot of time in laps.

Meet Bellamy at The Cat Cafe

Bellamy

The third cat to join the clowder at The Cat Cafe is Bellamy. She’s also a year old, and yes, she is small. But she makes up for that with her tortitude. You’ll find this inquisitive tortie wandering around the playpen, looking for people to interact with. Get her going with a wand toy, and it’s a lot of fun.

We look forward to introducing you to the three latest members of our clowder here at The Cat Cafe. See you soon!