Two New Cats Join The Clowder

With a number of cats getting adopted at The Cat Cafe recently, we’ve had two new cats join us as well as having a couple of cats we’ve had in before return. We’ll introduce you to them.

Meet Elsie at The Cat Cafe

Etsie is a young cat, about six months old. She’s very playful and inquisitive. And if she wants your attention, she’s not shy about letting you know it. You may think she looks a lot like one of the cats we’ve had in before, Elsie. That’s because she’s Elsie’s daughter.

Meet Jack at The Cat Cafe

The second new cat to join us at The Cat Cafe is Jack. This orange and white boy is also a young one, at about eight months. He and Etsie are foster siblings, so if you’re looking for two cats, why not take them home together?

Both Etsie and Jack are pretty much fearless. The two of them were investigating the playpen at The Cat Cafe within minutes of arriving. And it wasn’t because the place was empty. They arrived during one of our Cats on Mats session, and we were fully booked.

We also had two cats return to us. You’ll remember that The Rescue House helped when there was a horrible hoarding situation last year. The people in the home started with two cats, and when those cats had kittens, they were able to give many of them away. But they couldn’t find homes for all of the cats.  They didn’t spay and neuter many of the cats, which caused the population of cats to reach over 100.

Sadly, whether it was because of inbreeding or not being able to get the nutrition they needed, many of the cats were blind. We had four sisters come and join us. Ricochet, who was the group’s seeing eye cat, and Nikki found a home. Lotus and Vicki did as well but their adoption didn’t work out.

Lotus and Vicki at The Cat Cafe
Lotus and Vicki

That’s why Lotus and Vicki are back. They’re older now, and Vicki needs to lose a little weight. But they’re still the same sweet and playful cats as they were when we first had them. And they don’t let being blind slow them down. As we tell visitors to The Cat Cafe, they can’t miss what they never had.

We hope you’ll visit us at The Cat Cafe so you can say hi to these cats in person.

Meet Some Special Needs Cats

Those of you who have been following us know that we’ve placed a number of special needs cats from The Rescue House and San Diego Humane Society. The Cat Cafe has sent several blind cats, deaf cats, one eyed cats, and a three legged cat to good homes. And right now, we’ve got in a bonded pair of blind cats.

But there are some special needs cats that The Rescue House doesn’t bring to The Cat Cafe. These are their cats with FIV. As you may know, FIV is the feline equivalent of HIV. However, unlike with HIV, there is no treatment for FIV. Eventually, the cat’s immune system will become unable to fend off the typical infections an uninfected cat can.

But before this happens, FIV positive cats can live long and healthy lives. And while The Rescue House and many other animal welfare organizations keep FIV positive cats segregated from cats without the disease out of an abundance of caution, it’s unlikely that the disease will spread between cats in a home environment. Just ask, for example, Cole and Marmalade. Or researchers from Purdue University, who found no transmission of FIV from cats with the disease to those without it in a shelter environment.

We wanted to highlight some of the FIV positive cats The Rescue House is caring for, in the hopes that they might get adopted. You won’t find them at The Cat Cafe, but we’re happy to help you learn more about them.

Derby is an FIV+ Cat

Derby is a four year old orange and white long haired cat who defies a lot of the stereotypes about them. People think orange cats are friendly and outgoing, which Derby is. But he’s got a feisty side to him, and if you get him riled up, he’ll give you a nip. He’s also got a raspy meow that he’ll use to tell you everything he’s thinking.

Walter is an FIV+ Cat

If you’re thinking about taking home two FIV positive cats, consider pairing Derby with Walter. This three year old black cat is solid and muscular. But he still loves to try being a lap cat. He’ll surprise you, though, when the talks. Walter, like many of the big cats at The Cat Cafe, has a tiny little meow.

Sabine is an FIV Positive Cat

Finally, there’s Sabine. She’s been through a lot in her three years. She was carrying an undelivered kitten, and this caused health issues that required extensive medical care. Despite all this, Sabine remained a friendly cat. She’s independent after her time on the streets, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love affection!

If you’d like to meet any of these special needs cats, please let us know. We’ll be happy to facilitate the interaction. Hopefully, even though these cats won’t be at The Cat Cafe, we’ll play a part in sending them to good homes.

The Cat Cafe Sends Five Cats Home in August 2018

August isn’t as busy as July is at The Cat Cafe, because we don’t have an event that brings 135,000 of our best friends into downtown San Diego. Still, the summer vacation season is in high gear and we see lots of visitors. We’re glad that we were able to help so many people visiting San Diego get a little purr therapy while they were away from their cats.

Lily was Adopted at The Cat Cafe

And we’re glad that we were able to send five cats from The Rescue House to good homes. We’ll miss Lily, Gwendolyn, Gunner, Angela, and Elsie. But we’re sure they’re enjoying their lives in their new homes.

We are also happy that our customers were generous and contributed $378 to The Rescue House. These contributions will help The Rescue House pay vet bills and feed the many cats they take care of.

Of course, when we send cats home, The Rescue House brings cats in to take their spot. We’ll introduce you to those cats soon.

We want to thank everyone who visited The Cat Cafe in August. Whether you adopted a cat, contributed your change to The Rescue House, or simply enjoyed time with the cats, it all helps. We can’t send cats home without you.

We look forward to seeing you here at The Cat Cafe soon!

The Cat Cafe Sends Four Cats Home in July

July is always a busy month for us at The Cat Cafe. The summer vacation season is underway, so we get a lot of people visiting from out of town. And then there is Comic-Con, where 135,000 of our best friends visit. We have to suspend adoptions during the Comic-Con craziness because it’s just not fair to the cats or their adopters.

That’s why we were happy to have sent four cats home in July. We’ll miss spending time with Frankie and Levi and our blind cat Nikki and her seeing eye sister Ricochet. But we’re glad we sent them to a good home.

In addition, we’re happy to have generous customers who helped raise $663 for The Rescue House. This money will go towards helping The Rescue House continue its mission of helping cats in need find good homes.

When cats leave The Cat Cafe, The Rescue House works hard to bring in new ones. We’ll introduce you to the cats who arrived recently at The Cat Cafe.

We’ve got two pairs of bonded siblings with us at The Cat Cafe. The bonded sisters are named Janelle and Robyn. These two one year old tuxedo cats have been through a lot in a short life. They both got pregnant, and they helped each other raise their litters.

Meet Robyn at The Cat Cafe

After they did this, The Rescue House helped find homes for their kittens. And then when they were ready, these two sisters came to The Cat Cafe.

Meet Janelle at The Cat Cafe

The other bonded pair of siblings we have in are A.J. and Brian. These one year old ginger boys thought they had a forever home. But then their adopters had to move. After trying to make it work, these people had to give up these two boys.

Meet Brian and A.J. at The Cat Cafe
Brian (left) and A.J.

At first, Brian was the more outgoing and social of the two brothers. He was the first in the playpen and the first to introduce himself to visitors to The Cat Cafe. And he’s kept his friendly attitude with customers.

A.J. took a little longer to come out and spend time in the playpen, but now he demands attention from visitors to The Cat Cafe.

Both of these boys are very fun, too, and love to play with wand toys. We wish they got to stay with their adopters, but since they couldn’t, we’re glad we got them.

The last member of The Cat Cafe clowder we’ll introduce you to is Livvy. She hasn’t yet spent much time in the playpen when we’re open, but she’s starting to explore it after hours. Livvy was living in a place where people don’t bother to spay or neuter the cats there, and so they reproduce constantly. A kind person saves as many of the cats as they can. And one year old Livvy got lucky.

Meet Livvy at The Cat Cafe

We hope you enjoyed meeting the latest members of The Cat Cafe’s clowder. Come on in to visit them soon!

The Cat Cafe Sends Six Cats Home in June

June was a busy month for adoptions at The Cat Cafe. We sent six cats, including two bonded pairs, home during the month. First, we sent long term residents Jayden and Justine home. Next up was another bonded pair, Onyx and Rhonda. After that, we sent a relatively shy cat home, Twyla. And we closed out the month by sending a special needs cat home. Blanco managed to find someone who decided his loud voice due to his deafness wasn’t a problem and went home with them.

In addition to sending these cats home, visitors to The Cat Cafe contributed $488 to The Rescue House. These generous contributions help The Rescue House continue to help save adoptable cats.

With so many cats going out, naturally, a lot of cats came in. And we’ve got a few bonded pairs to replace the two that went home. First, there’s the mother and son pair of Alexis and Anthony. Alexis is two and her son is a year old. Anthony is the more outgoing of the two and is a little bit of a goof.

Meet Anthony at The Cat Cafe

Alexis is a little more reserved than her son, and she’s got a leaky tear duct in one of her eyes. Don’t worry, she’s very happy to let you wipe away the dried tears and massage to make it feel better.

Meet Alexis at The Cat Cafe

We’ve got another mother and son pair with us at The Cat Cafe, Gwendolyn and Gunner. Gwendolyn is a young mom, at only about a year and a half old. She’s a little more reserved than her son, but very friendly. And Gunner, at about eight months, can be a hyper little guy. But he’s a lot of fun to watch when he gets going!

Meet Gwendolyn and Gunner at The Cat Cafe
Gwendolyn (left) and Gunner (right)

Zoro started out his life on the wrong foot. He was found as a stray, and then taken to a high kill shelter. Fortunately for him, that is when things started to change. The Rescue House pulled him and his now adopted brother from that shelter. Soon, Zoro made his way to The Cat Cafe.

Meet Zoro at The Cat Cafe

In addition to the two mothers we told you about already, we’ve got three other cats who raised kittens. The oldest one of them is Lily. Before she arrived at The Cat Cafe, she raised a litter of kittens by a school in Tijuana. The Rescue House found homes for all of her kittens, and now this sweet white cat is looking for a home of her own.

Meet Lily at The Cat Cafe

Rosette faced a lot of challenges in her short life. She’s only about seven months old, and she was found trying to raise a litter of five kittens while fending for herself. Fortunately, kind people took her in. Now that her kittens have been adopted, it’s her turn. But she looks like a kitten herself as you can see from this picture.

Meet Rosette at The Cat Cafe

The last mother we’ll introduce you to is Elsie. She’s only recently finished nursing her kittens, and she’s still got a little fur missing because of it. But Elsie isn’t waiting for the fur to grow back before she starts getting people’s attention. She likes to sample people’s food and drink. So make sure you watch yours around her!

Meet Elsie at The Cat Cafe

When people see Emelia, they wonder if she’s related to one of our other cats. She’s not, but they do look a lot alike. This brown tabby doesn’t like to get pet below her shoulders, so watch to be sure you don’t get a warning swat from her.

Meet Emelia at The Cat Cafe

And the most recent arrival at The Cat Cafe is Sunny. This guy is a brave boy, because he started coming out and hanging out with us in the playpen during the peak days of Comic-Con. He’s still settling in, but he’s extremely friendly.

Meet Sunny at The Cat Cafe

Come in and say hello to the new cats to arrive at The Cat Cafe! We look forward to seeing you.

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 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 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

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

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’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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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!