Nothing’s cozier than curling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and a furry friend by your side. That’s why a new kind of cafe in Central Florida is considered the cat’s meow, where frappuccinos and felines are simply the purrfect combination for cat lovers and coffee connoisseurs.
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Orlando Cat Cafe is in Clermont, just four miles from Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It was the first cat cafe to open in Central Florida and one of only a handful in the Sunshine State. If you haven’t heard about the cuddly concept, cat cafes became popular in Japan and the trend seems to be catnip for cat lovers, as more and more the coffee houses are popping up across the United States.
Orlando Cat Cafe operates in partnership with the Animal League, a local no-kill shelter, and Axum Coffee, a philanthropic coffee brand. The Animal League runs the cat play area and adoptions, while Axum operates the coffee and pastry shop. The cafe is separate from the cat play area to comply with health and food safety guidelines.
Coffee lovers are welcome to enjoy a cup of Joe while watching the playful antics in the playroom. However, if you’re feeling frisky, venture inside to play with a few cats, and feel free to bring your cappuccino. Walk-ins are welcome, but Orlando Cat Cafe recommends you can make a reservation for the kitty play area to avoid a wait time on busy days and weekends.
The cafe regularly has 12-15 cats and kittens that roam and romp around in the 1,000-square-foot play area. For an entry fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children, pet patrons will have up to an hour in the play area. But if the occasional visit isn’t enough, the truly feline faithful can take yoga with cats classes or purchase an annual membership with “purrks” like extra cat time, beverage coupons and discounted merchandise.
The cafe is paw-sitively perfect for a quick day trip or a break from the theme parks. And if you happen to fall in love with your new feline friend, you can give them a forever home, as all the feline residents at Orlando Cat Cafe are available for adoption.