And just like that, in the blink of an eye there are officially TWO cat cafés in Northeast Ohio, folks. That makes it twice as acceptable to hang out with cats instead of humans.
Earlier this week I was in the Akron area for a hair appointment, so I stopped by Destination Cats beforehand to check it out. It was empty when I arrived after work but the owner, Elizabeth, was there and I enjoyed chatting with her about the opening. She showed me around the spaces inside, explaining it was her dream to find a way to work with animals (specifically, cats). While it’s technically been open for a week, the official grand opening celebration is Friday, January 18th!
Destination Cats is split into a front “café” area which is free to visit and boasts several tables and a cozy couch area (complete with free wifi, board games and books to enjoy). Patrons have the option to purchase bottled cold drinks or make a hot beverage (Keruig). There were snacks to purchase as well, including Elizabeth’s own family recipe chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
I also enjoyed that there were several different types of locally made cat toys and other merchandise for sale too.
The other half of Destination Cats is the actual cat area! Admission to this area comes at a nominal price that supports operating costs ($8 for ½ hour, $12 for 1 hour and $25 for all day). The cat area spanned two very LARGE, connected rooms. Each area was filled with every type of toy, scratching post, hiding area and cat tower you could think of! A cat’s dream.
At the time I visited, there were 11 cats on site from Paws and Prayers animal rescue (also located in Cuyahoga Falls). All of the cats are adoptable and stay on the site 24/7 at Destination Cats until they find their fur-ever home. I was thrilled to hear that, as of my visit, they had already processed 5 adoptions in less than a week!
There’s just something about seeing these cats coexist, playing and enjoying human interaction that makes you want to take them all home with you…
For instance: I was particularly drawn to this quiet, orange fella. Something told me he’d be very down for Netflix and cuddles.
And this feisty gal was all about climbing the walls, keeping us entertained.
All in all, Destination Cats is a unique spot in the heart of Cuyahoga Falls. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area. And if you know of anyone who is considering adopting a cat — it’s a purr-fect opportunity to get to know their individual personalities and find the right fit for your family.
Oh, and bonus: I just discovered they have a live feed of the cat rooms on their website – check it out by clicking here.
Have you been to a cat café? I can’t wait to check out affoGATO next!
All opinions were my own, this was not sponsored in any way. 🙂