Pet friendly café in Miami caters to cats and cat people, too

The first cat cafe opens in Miami. The Cat's Meow Cafe is part coffee bar, part adoption agency.
The first cat cafe opens in Miami. The Cat's Meow Cafe is part coffee bar, part adoption agency. (WPLG)

MIAMI, Fla. – The newest café to open in Miami is more than pet friendly. It's a place where felines are the primary guests.

There could be a place for a pun here. So, here goes. Let's just say The Cat's Meow Café's grand opening celebration on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. was purr-fect.

The Cat’s Meow Café in Miami’s MiMo district is part animal adoption center and part coffee bar. The goal? A place to have fun with adorable kittens and cats, and through interaction, you may like one (or two) and take her (or him) home.

Owner Elizabeth Gaillardo raised $16,000 on Kickstarter to help open her dream business with an explanation on the site about what a Cat Café is.

“A cat café is an environment where you can relax, indulge on pastries and coffee (or tea) while cuddling with cats! The best part, you ask? All cats locally rescued and are up for adoption! The café area and cat rooms are separated by a partition wall for no cross-contamination. Our cat room will function as a great source of enrichment for the cats, who will roam freely within the facility.”

Isabella was the first feline adopted at the Cat's Meow Cafe's grand opening ceremony Saturday. (WPLG)

Of course, safe and social distancing will be encouraged and masks must be worn. If someone forgets a mask they are provide with one. Multiple stations of hand sanitizers are also throughout the cafe. They will be closed on Mondays for deep cleaning and sanitation, otherwise hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Her goal? Pure Cat-i-faction.


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