Can I bring my cat?
While we’re sure your cat is really awesome, we ask you to leave him at home. All our cats arrive with a clean bill of health from KCPP, and are socialized to the environment for the comfort of both the kitties and our guests.
What if I’m allergic to cats?
Not a problem! We have a full service café with lots of comfortable seating and a great view of the Cat Lounge through a large window!
Why is there a fee to visit the kitties?
While our primary goal is to provide you with a unique environment to fall in love with your next 'fur baby', we do charge a nominal fee to help pay for the beautiful space and care for the cats.
How do I adopt one of the resident kitties?
We work closely with KC Pet Project to ensure our kitties find the perfect home. We’ll walk you through every step of the process!
Is the cafe and cat lounge wheelchair accessible?
Absolutely! We are fully wheelchair accessible in our Cafe and Cat Lounge. It was our goal to create a space that all our furriends could enjoy the cafe and the kitties.
Can I surrender my cat to Whiskers?
Unfortunately, we are not able to take in rescue or stray cats here at Whiskers Cat Cafe. All our kitties arrive in tip-top health from KC Pet Project and introduction of an outside cat would put them all at risk. Our primary goal is to keep the cats in our care safe and healthy!
Why are the cats separate from the cafe?
We have worked closely with our local Health Department to design a space that is safe and healthy for our guests. This is why we have a completely separate area called the Cat Lounge for our cats to relax and play. We strive to have the cleanest and healthiest cafe for our guests!
Does Whiskers allow children?
Yes… kinda. Let us explain.
Whiskers Cat Café prides itself on finding each loving cat his/her forever home and providing a comfortable cat lounge & coffeehouse for our human visitors. Our goal is to have the interaction be as optimal as possible between the cats and our youngest guests.
On our end, we know that kittens and cats are fragile. They are tiny and can be easily overlooked by young children. This is dangerous for both the child and the cat. Children are naturally exuberant; this is a lovely quality of littles! However, if you are a cat lover, you know that felines prefer slow movements, soft voices and a gentle touch. When kitties get stressed they are very unhappy and become ill or act out to protect themselves.
Children, just like kittens and cats, go through different socialization and developmental stages. For example, children 3-4 years of age are still learning impulse control. Sudden outbursts, or impulsive grabs at a pet might scare them and cause an adverse, frightened response. Between ages 5-7, children learn empathy and are better equipped to treat cats properly. Sadly, if kittens and cats have negative experiences with children during their socialization period, they can develop a lifelong fear of small children. Likewise, if a child has a negative experience with a kitten or cat, they can also develop the same type of fear.
We believe we’ve found a beautiful solution to ensuring that both children and cats have a more successful interaction. We’ve set aside “Kids Time” blocks where children under the age of 10 can separately visit with the cats. During these blocks, children will come together as a group and enjoy 45 minutes of entertainment within the Cat Lounge area. Parents will need to accompany their child during these sessions.
Our regular sessions will be for children ages 10 and older. Children ages 10-14 need to be accompanied by an adult. We believe this will help everyone truly enjoy their time at the cafe and not only encourage a better interaction with the adoptable cats, but also a safer and stable environment for all.
Overall, children are our next generation. We believe we have an opportunity to teach them to love these cats so in the future should they ever wish to own a cat, they would adopt and have knowledge in place to provide a good home! Whiskers Cat Café will be working on education materials specifically for children so families can have more fun interacting with our cats.
Does Whiskers host private events?
We absolutely plan on hosting more private events in the future! Right now we’re offering Yoga with Cats (check availability here!), but tuned for announcements on things like cat education classes and more!