Yee Haw, The Blue Cat Cafe in Austin, Texas Rocks
We’re delighted to have a guest post about The Blue Cat Cafe in Austin by Carine, a blogger who used to live near me in Westchester County, New York. She moved to Austin, Texas, stopped blogging for awhile and I’m happy she’s blogging once again, or I should say her cat is at Texas, A Parisian Cat In America. Carine is owned by three cats, but mostly Texas, who has traveled the world with her human. You can find him napping, analyzing human behavior, or playing with his fur family.
Editor’s note: As more cat cafes pop up around the world, they are no longer a novelty but what’s novel is how every cafe puts their own stamp on the space. There are continual efforts to get around health department rules and this Austin cafe should get Texas-sized kudos for an innovative approach. What’s also of interest is instead of copying a design esthetic of another country i.e. Japan, The Blue Cat Cafe picks up on the local Austin flavor and famous music scene. If you have visited a cat cafe, or have cat cafe location wishlist, let us know in a comment.
On October17, 2015, Austin got lucky. The capital of the state of Texas became one of the few cities in the US to have a cat café. After visiting Crumbs & Whiskers in Washington, DC, I had to visit the Blue Cat Café in Austin. The Café is located in a nice, east Austin neighborhood. You cannot miss it: the sight of its colorful food truck and its walls covered with exquisite cat murals could almost make you purr.
The café was launched thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. I had the opportunity to talk with Rebecca, the founder of the café and a charming cat lover.
The name of the café comes from her favorite cats, Russian blue cats, which she described as very smart cats. The visit costs $3 per person, for unlimited time, and no need for reservation. The menu is vegetarian and cat-themed with delicious cat dogs (I tried a vegetarian Pawstin Dog and found it very tasty). Rebecca wanted the café’s menu to show respect for all lives.
The café found an innovative and smart way to bring both cats and foods to clients at the same time while respecting sanitary regulations. The food is prepared outside of the café, in the food truck, and delivered through a window for clients to pick it up in the room where the cats are.
The Blue Cat Café is reminiscent of the home of a cat lover: although the place has obviously been built with both cats and humans in mind, it is evident that the cats have taken over, but to the benefit of both humans and cats. In fact, the t-shirts the staffs wear inform us: “Our cats look forward to tolerating your existence.”
The kitties are free to go where they like in the café and very demonstrative of their cattitude.
If they want to play, they respond to humans’ attempts to play with them. If they want to sleep, they either grace you with their presence next to you, or find some isolated place.
The café has very smart, natural tree branches, ideal for climbing and scratching leading up to the ceiling, that are easily accessible to cats for napping or spying.
As for cat/music lovers, what about drums turned into cat beds? Sounds a lot more peaceful than actual drums to me! Not surprisingly, the catification of the café and the kitty superhighway were designed with the help of Kate Benjamin. There are also several tables, chairs, and benches for humans to seat and enjoy a drink or something to eat.
The best part is that, of course, the cats can be adopted. Rebecca told me that on average, the cafe had one adoption a day. How wonderful is this? The café works with the Austin Humane Society, which, Rebecca pointed out, is doing great work to help Austin’s animals.
In three words: I loved it! If you are in Austin, TX, I encourage you to stop by this cat café! If you are a cat lover and are owned by cats, you’ll almost feel at home! The staff is friendly, the cats are pawsome, and you’ll be supporting a good cause while enjoying some purr therapy. What else can we ask for?
Blue Cat Café
95 Navasota St
Austin, TX 78702 USA
Thank you so much for this wonderful post, and for visiting. It means everything to us.
I love they are doing so many adoptions! We dont have one of these in our neck of the woods but it sure would be fun to see one. I love the blue painiting on the outside!
That looks like a great place. I have been to the Meow Cafe in NYC and loved it.
Sometimes Cats Herd You
It looks really wonderful! We have two cafes here both racing each other to completion and you’re absolutely right, it’s not about novelty any more but about what they can do to differentiate themselves in the market…. and find homes for cats, too.
It sounds like a great place, and is wonderful that they are getting lots of adoptions.
Layla Morgan Wilde
There is a lovely one in London, you might like 🙂
Harvey, Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew
Wow – I bet I can’t fly down from BlogPaws to see THIS!! BUT I can dream!! Thank you for a wonderful review and excellent pictures, it’s like really being there!
What a cool place! Can you believe my human has yet to visit a cat cafe?
Layla Morgan Wilde
No! Tell her to go soon 🙂
That looks such a wonderful cafe! I love how they catified the place with natural tree branches. The superhighway looks pawsome! And I love the kitty bed made of drums!
that place sounds fantastic,xx Rachel and Speedy
da tabbies o trout towne
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I am going to have to stop by this place some time. I did get an email about it and replied, but never heard anything back. I didn’t know it had opened already!
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal
Cat Café´s are grreat !
My mom-person have visited two 🙂
One in Copenhagen in Denmark and one in Vienna ,Austria.
Me loved the drumset cat beds 😀
This is a wonderful cat café and it’s fabulous they are averaging one adoption a day!! That’s what it’s all about after all……SO wonderful……love the design of the place too – some very cozy spots for cats to hang out along with humans!
I love it! and I love that Texas wrote this guest-post, I missed him and his siblings and I’m glad they are back :o)
Layla Morgan Wilde
We’re glad they’re back too!
Skeeter and Izzy
Wat Cool!!!! This cafe has it going on in a major way!!!
Concats to Rebecca and all of the cats and Austin Texas for allowing such a wonderful thing to happen!
Skeeter & Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~
Peaches and Paprika
Always wanted to visit a cat cafe, I guess all of us do! wish we had one here in CT! Enjoyed your post! Thank You!
Sounds like they have taken a lot of care! I believe there is one here in London, but have not visited!
Layla Morgan Wilde
There are actually several in London and the U.K.
Hannah and Lucy
We love the idea of Cat Cafe but her with our dismal weather in the UK we don’t imagine that they would be used a big deal.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx