The Latest Arrivals to The Cat Cafe

We had a few new arrivals join the clowder here at The Cat Cafe. This brings us up to an even dozen cats, which is the maximum that is recommended in any communal living situation. So, without any more delay, let’s meet the newest members of The Cat Cafe clowder.

Meet Fernando at The Cat Cafe


Fernando was found by a kind person taking care of a colony of community cats. As you know, most community cats at best tolerate interaction with people. Not Fernando. This four year, nine month guy demanded attention from the person caring for the colony. And after he became more familiar with his surroundings at The Cat Cafe, that affectionate side came out.

When we are cleaning the litter boxes, feeding the cats, or doing work when it’s quiet, he will wrap his tail around our legs and head bonk us until we pay him some attention. Fernando does very well with other cats, and started snuggling with some of the others right away. You know how some cats have to be the only cat in a home? Fernando is the opposite and he will have to go to a home with another cat.

Meet Tessa at The Cat Cafe


Tessa is a very sweet cat with a sad story. She lived happily in a home where she was loved until her person died. After that, Tessa went to a local shelter. She hated living there, and The Rescue House pulled her from that facility. This seven year, six month old cat loves getting attention from people she likes. And she loves to give sandpaper kisses to people who give her pets and chin scratches.

She doesn’t mind other cats, although she is fine without them. And in the past, Tessa enjoyed interacting with children. Tessa deserves a home like the one she was in. And hopefully, we’ll be able to find her one soon.

Meet Whiskers at The Cat Cafe


The last cat we will introduce you to is a very special one. His name is Rocky, and he’s got a sad story. Somehow, Rocky caught himself on a fence. Anyone who’s seen a trapped cat knows that they will try desperately to free themselves. Rocky did this, and severely damaged his right hind leg. A kind person couldn’t bear to see Rocky suffer and took him to an emergency vet. After evaluating his leg, the vets decided that he needed to have it amputated. They performed the surgery and kept Rocky until he recovered. Then, they tried to find a home for him.

After several months of trying to find him a home, the vets turned Rocky over to The Rescue House. Now, this two year old boy calls The Cat Cafe his home. Rocky loves to be pet, and he loves to play. And if you think a tripod like Rocky isn’t nimble and agile, think again. He hops up onto and down from tables as well as any four legged cat.

Come on by and meet the new cats here at The Cat Cafe and say hello to some of your longer term friends!

The Cat Cafe Clowder Adds Ten Cats

With The Rescue House now providing cats to The Cat Cafe, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we had a lot of new cats arrive. The only cat who is left from before the transition is Jacey. She’s here as a breed ambassador, showing that bengal cats are not the threats to wildlife and people that some misguided individuals claimed when trying to ban them in California.

We’ve got ten new cats to introduce you to. First up is Mary Ann. She’s a five year old girl who loves interacting with people, but who demands that other cats give her some space. She isn’t aggressive towards other cats but she will let them know if they get too close.

Meet Mary Ann at The Cat Cafe

Mary Ann

Tolliver is a friendly cat who is a year and seven months old. He arrived at The Cat Cafe after being pulled from Imperial County. We think he’s a Siamese mix, not just because of his coloration, but because he loves to talk.

Meet Tolliver at The Cat Cafe


Nathan is one of the resident house panthers at The Cat Cafe. He’s a four year old guy who wasn’t able to go with his people when they moved. If Nathan trusts you, he’s a very loving cat and he’ll give you lots of head bonks and purrs.

Meet Nathan at The Cat Cafe


Have you ever wondered what a polydactyl cat looks like? Now is your chance to find out. Dora is our resident polydactyl and she’s got seven toes on each front paw. She likes to use those extra toes to grab on to things. Not surprisingly, this four year old loves playing with string toys.

Meet Dora at The Cat Cafe


Arlow is the youngest member of The Cat Cafe clowder. He’s a little under a year, and he’s definitely rambunctious and fun. You’ll find this guy running around and chasing toys until he gets tired. Then he curls up for a nap. But as soon as he’s awake, he’s right back at it. He gives Jacey a run for her money as the most energetic cat here.

Meet Arlow at The Cat Cafe


Next up is Andrew. This guy, who is going on five, lived a pretty rough life before he made his way here. Andrew was injured in a cat fight while living on the street. As he recovered, his personality came out and he showed how loving he can be. He’s a little leery of other cats, but not in an aggressive way. As long as they respect his personal space, everything is fine.

Meet Andrew at The Cat Cafe


Boo is a big boy. This eight year old guy is likely part Maine coon, but we don’t have any papers so we can’t say for sure. He’s a friendly cat, although he’s a little shy initially. When we have to move Boo from places he doesn’t belong, he doesn’t struggle at all. We think he’s the gentle giant of The Cat Cafe.

Meet Boo at The Cat Cafe


It wouldn’t be a cat cafe without an orange kitty, would it? That’s why we’re glad we have Bronze here. Orange cats have the reputation of being very friendly and fun. Our four year old ginger is a little shy, but he loves to be pet. And if he really likes you, he’ll drool when you pet him.

Meet Bronze at The Cat Cafe


Herkie has an unusual name. We think someone named him Hercules initially but then shortened it. It doesn’t matter to this seven year old house panther. He’s a shy one, and it may take a while for you to get to interact with him here at The Cat Cafe. But it is well worth the effort!

Meet Herkie at The Cat Cafe


And the tenth member of our clowder here at The Cat Cafe is Whiskers. He is also the oldest cat here, at nine years. No, you are not seeing double. That is not Andrew. Whiskers looks a lot like Andrew but he’s much more tolerant of other cats. And he enjoys interacting with people, too.

Meet Whiskers at The Cat Cafe


We’ve got quite a few new cats for you to meet here. Come visit The Cat Cafe and say hello to them! If you’re planning on coming during the weekend and don’t want to wait, make a reservation.

The Cat Café Partners with Rescue House for Adoptable Cats

Since The Cat Café opened in January 2015, we have partnered with San Diego Humane Society for adoptable cats. Our partnership has been an extremely productive and enjoyable one. We’ve adopted out 219 cats, which helped free up much needed space at our partner’s facility. And we’re glad to have played a role in helping San Diego Humane Society with its goal of Getting to Zero.

Dean Was Adopted At The Cat Cafe

One of the 219 Adoptions of San Diego Humane Society Cats The Cat Cafe Has Completed

When The Cat Cafe opened, San Diego Humane Society didn’t have as many Neighborhood Adoption Centers. In order to help find more homes for adoptable animals, San Diego Humane Society expanded the number of Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Adding an additional five Petco and PetSmart locations helped find more homes for adoptable cats. But it also made it next to impossible for San Diego Humane Society to provide enough cats to all of its partners.

That is why effective February 11, 2017, The Cat Cafe will partner with The Rescue House for adoptable cats.

“Our partnership with San Diego Humane Society has been a strong one. They’ve been extremely responsive and helpful during the more than two years we’ve been working with them. They helped us get things going when we were in the planning stages, and they’ve been extremely supportive. Unfortunately, the demand for adoptable animals has escalated to a point where they just can’t keep up. That’s why we’ll be working with Rescue House for adoptable cats moving forward,” said Tony Wang, General Manager of The Cat Café

“We have a win-win-win arrangement for adoptable cats,” said Sarah Thompson, Director of Corporate Adoption Partnerships for San Diego Humane Society. “The Rescue House will now have a location — The Cat Café for showcasing rescued cats for adoption. Patrons of The Cat Café can continue interacting with cats in a friendly, social environment, and SDHS can honor the partnership we enjoy with Petco. There’s no shortage of cats in need of homes, but we’re limited in the number of cats who enjoy living at an offsite facility where they are greeted by many people throughout the day. Our most outgoing cats who thrive in these types of settings go to our offsite adoption locations.”

“We are very excited to join with The Cat Café as their adoption partner,” said Joan Star, Director of The Rescue House. This is such a wonderful way to have adoptable cats that are waiting to find their forever home, do so in a comfortable, expansive, homelike environment where they receive attention and love from the patrons of The Cat Café. And the patrons of The Cat Café receive attention and love from the cats. This is a winning combination that we are honored to be a part of.”

While San Diego Humane Society won’t be providing us with cats anymore, The Cat Cafe will continue to support their mission to Inspire Compassion. And from a customer perspective, there won’t be any difference. Customers will continue to enjoy their locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks in the company of friendly cats.

If you have any questions, please let us know. And we look forward to seeing you in The Cat Cafe soon!

Two Cats from El Centro Join The Clowder

Visitors to The Cat Cafe know that we have fewer cats than we like right now. San Diego Humane Society simply does not have the number of cats they typically have in. We’re fortunate that they understand that we must have cats or we don’t have a business. Some of their other neighborhood adoption centers do not have any cats at all. And if you walk through their main campus, you’ll see there are lots of adoption rooms with only one or two cats.

That doesn’t mean they’re not working hard to get cats for customers at The Cat Cafe to interact with. Recently, they stepped in to help Imperial County Humane Society, whose shelter was nearing capacity. They made the long drive out to El Centro, and brought back a number of cats. Two of these cats made a much shorter trip to The Cat Cafe. And after they made such a long journey, it’s only fitting that they have long names.

Meet Countess Purrington at The Cat Cafe

Countess Purrington

First up is Countess Purrington, and is she ever appropriately named. This brown tabby didn’t take long to work her way into the staff’s heart. She’s about two years old, and she’s a big girl, tipping the scales at 15 pounds. While she’s heavier than she should be, one thing we don’t want to see get smaller on her is her heart. She’s got a cute little meow, and when she gets to know you, you’ll hear that little meow. And that’s how you’ll learn why she got her name, because she’ll purr like crazy when you pet her.

Meet Professor Popcorn at The Cat Cafe

Professor Popcorn

The second cat to make the trip from El Centro to The Cat Cafe via San Diego Humane Society is Professor Popcorn. Our professor is three years old, and he weighs around 13 pounds. He’s a little more shy and will take more time to warm up to you and play than most. But people who are willing to take that time will be rewarded by a handsome cat head bonking them. We’re not sure how he got his name, but we really don’t mind because it’s pretty cute!

Even with the reinforcements, we still have fewer cats than we would like on site. We’re working hard to bring more of them in, and we appreciate your patience while we do this. Come on in to see these new arrivals and hang out with old friends at The Cat Cafe!

The Cat Cafe Sends Seven Cats Home in December

During December, The Cat Cafe gets a lot of visitors for the holidays. We’re always happy to have this influx of visitors who get to meet our San Diego Humane Society cats. Some of them fall in love with the cats and then they go home. What better way to close out the year than with a new four legged family member?

Sunflower Was Adopted at The Cat Cafe


The first adoption we completed in December was for a special needs cat named Sunflower. Sunflower arrived at The Cat Cafe after surgery to correct an eye condition called entropion.

We had a number of veterinarians come through because of the CVC San Diego, and they all commented on how his surgery was very successful. Even though some visitors expressed concerns over the scabs from the surgery, we left them alone. We didn’t want to pick off the scabs and potentially reopen the wounds.

“We’re always happy when we send any cat home,” said Tony Wang, general manager of The Cat Cafe. “But when it’s a special needs cat, it’s even better. Often, adopters overlook them. So we really enjoy it when someone sees past their medical condition and decides to adopt!”

In addition, The Cat Cafe raised $294 in contributions for San Diego Humane Society. “We also really enjoy helping raise money to help our partner with its mission to ‘Inspire Compassion’ throughout San Diego County,” added Wang.

“Our partnership with The Cat Café has been instrumental in finding homes for our cats much quicker,” said Sarah Thompson, Director of Corporate Adoption Partnerships at San Diego Humane Society. “Not only does it open up more space at San Diego Humane Society so we’re able to take in more animals in need of immediate care but it also provides additional socialization and a new environment to be seen by potential adopters. We’re so grateful for this partnership and every person who chooses to adopt!”

We look forward to seeing you visit us at The Cat Cafe throughout 2017. Help us kick off the new year right and see if you fall in love with one of our feline friends.

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