The cat cafe may have been invented in Taiwan and popularized in Japan but in just two years the cat cafe phenomenon has spread across Canada faster than kitty can track litter from the box to the bedroom.
Canada is a nation of pet lovers where 57% of Canadian households own pets and not surprisingly, cats are the top choice.
Almost 9.3 million cats live in homes across Canada but enjoying the company of kitty at home is not enough.
Cat owners want to enjoy feline company when they go out for a cappuccino, too.
Cat owners believe that their feline companions boost their mental health, so it’s no wonder they seek the support of furry cat therapists at home and in cafes.
Here are 10 cat cafes in Canada to get your kitty (and coffee) fix.
Best Cat Cafes in Canada
Vancouver Cat Cafe
Catfe Cat Cafe
Opened in December 2015, Catfe had to close briefly a month later because it ran out of cats!
But that’s good news because it means their adoption program has been successful.
Catfe has since settled on closing Thursday afternoons to facilitate adoptions and restock with new cats from the BC SPCA.
They reopen on Thursday evenings for an adults-only time to greet new arrivals.
All cats are over five months old, apparently healthy, and already neutered or spayed before they arrive at this Vancouver cat cafe.
At press time, Catfe has found homes for 176 rescue cats.
Expect eight to 12 rescue cats, cat-themed merchandise, quiche, vegetarian soups, pastries and drinks.
Be sure to make a reservation at this cat cafe as the 16 spots in the cat lounge can sell out weeks in advance.
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Toronto Cat Cafe
Tot the Cat Cafe
Toronto’s first cat café opened in November 2015. Tot the Cat Café partners with local rescue agencies to find cats forever homes.
Guests sign up at the register for their special time with the cats here.
Up to 12 customers at once can spend an hour in the cat room, which is separate from the food preparation area.
Expect to trade your shoes for slippers and sanitize your hands before being allowed access to the cats.
Tot features cat-themed espresso drinks, such as the black cat mocha and calico macchiato.
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Winnipeg Cat Cafe
Miss J.La’s Fur Babies Cat Cafe in Winnipeg
Owner and founder Jennifer Laferriere hopes you’ll fall in love with one of her cats and take him or her home.
The cafe shares space with Laferriere’s daughter’s dance studio.
”Our cat room is a huge room, over 1,000 square feet with couches to relax and 14 cats at the moment,” says Laferriere.
“All of them roam freely except two that we are socializing. They are scared but getting used to people. And they are both gorgeous tabby cats.”Miss J.La’s works with a local rescue group called Ksen’s Kittens.
Until they’re adopted, Laferriere plans to spoil them in her café.
“I have always been a cat lover and I’ve always wanted to have a rescue.”
So far, the staff consists of Laferriere, her daughter and one volunteer. They adopted out two cats in their first two weeks of business, with a third pending.
The café serves hot and cold beverages, potato chips and chocolate bars. Laferriere plans to add desserts soon—some with a cat theme.
Compared to many cat cafes, the $10 donation for unlimited feline time is a steal. Check them out here.
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Quebec City Cat Cafe
Café Felin Ma Langue Aux Chats
Expect exotic breeds at this café, including the hairless sphynx and the slender, short-haired, huge-eared Rex.
Your cat love comes with free Wi-Fi and is best complemented by a hot chocolate or green tea tisane.
No shoes allowed. Check them out here.
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List of Cat Cafes in Canada
Regal Cat Café in Calgary
303 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V8, Canada
Coffee Cats Cafe in Calgary
2765 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K8, Canada
Marmalade Cat Café in Canada
2903 Pandosy St #103, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1, Canada
Cafe on Whyte in Edmonton
10111 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z5, Canada
Paws the cat cafe in Edmonton
10588 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3B2, Canada
My Kitty Cafe in Ontario
117 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON N1H 4E9, Canada
Toe Beans Cat Cafe in Ontario
119 Peter St, Port Hope, ON L1A 1C5, Canada
Café Felin Ma Langue Aux Chats in Quebec City
307 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3W6, Canada
Café Chat L’Heureux in Quebec City
172 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1H3, Canada
Tot the Cat Cafe in Toronto
298 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R9, Canada
Black Cat Espresso Bar coffee shop cafe bar in Toronto
1104 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1B3, Canada
Catfe cat cafe in Vancouver
Unit #2035 – Second Floor, International Village Mall,
88 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9, Canada
Miss J.La’s Fur Babies Cat Cafe in Winnipeg
1099 Kingsbury Ave, Winnipeg, MB R2P 2P9, Canada
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