A visit to Cat Town, Oakland, CA was top of the list of my must-see spots when I visited the San Francisco area. Alongside riding the cable car, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this was the place I wanted to visit most.
Cat Town was the first cat cafe in the USA and is the only non-profit cat cafe in the country, so to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. Having visited a cat cafe in Paris, I was keen to see what Cat Town (a partnership with Adam Myatt of Hoodcats and Ann Dunn, Exec. Director and Founder of Cat Town) was like.
Welcome to Cat Town!
Coming into the Cat Town ‘cafe area’ visitors are welcomed by the most gorgeous paintings and photographs of cats, and a delicious selection of edible human treats. I could sit and relax with a coffee or soft drink, or browse the merchandise, (OK I succumbed to a Cat Town hoody – knowing that all purchases help Cat Town to help more cats!)
Entrance is by either by pre-booked entry or walk-in and visitors are given clear and simple instructions about what to do when entering the cat area.
TOP TIP: Booking is recommended for weekends and holidays.
There is a limit of 10 people at any one time so there are no crowds to stress the cats. After a short wait, I was allowed to enter the cat area. I took a deep
This is Cat Town Oakland
Check out the pictures of the absolutely fantastic cat room for yourself ……
The cat ‘staff’ are all extremely helpful, and very well-informed about the cats in residence, and there is a wall with lots and lots of cat pictures on it – the adopted former residents! Over 1,400 cats have been helped find homes so far and Mum thought that was just so fantastic and cool!
Mum just wanted to do a happy dance seeing all the success stories proudly displayed side by side on the wall. Cat Town staff also told us, and our hosts Savvy’s Mom L and Dad P, about the vitally important Hawaii outreach work done in association with Kauai Community Cats.
- We invite you to read Savvy’s post here about the KCC. It is amazing and merits your attention.
What to see in Cat Town, Oakland
There are beautiful and inventive murals decorating the walls, and each of the cat towers in a landmark in the San Francisco area. They are not just decorative ornaments for human entertainment, I found plenty of cats sleeping happily in famous landmark towers; or on kitty cushions in totally blissed out comfort. The comfortable pot might be halfway up a famous tourist attraction.
I was so thrilled she just stood there for a moment, taking it all in, looking around at the bright, spotlessly clean room, and seeing so many happy and contented cats.
There are plenty of places for visitors to sit and relax and enjoy some cat company. Some of the cats may be asleep but, when I visited, several young cats were happy to show off their wand toy moves, ping-pong balls, and pose on the elegant scratchers.
The whole cat area is well-lit, warm and comfortable, and the cafe area well stocked with tasty treats and drinks to nourish the humans as they wait for their time slot, or after they come out. There is no stress, no pressure and everyone is therefore the same reason……
WE LOVE CATS & CAT TOWN, OAKLAND!
Cat Town can be very proud of the fact they have formed a unique partnership with Oakland Animal Services to help reduce the euthanasia rate of cats at Oakland’s shelter from over 42% to 10% since 2011.
I am not good at maths but that sounds like a lot of saved lives to me! Working hand-in-paw with authorities can benefit cats, and their communities, a lot. Cat Town has proved this, and other local authorities around the world should take note. There is a lot more information about Cat Town here.
I loved my visit – it was a real highlight of our trip to the San Francisco area.
Thanks a million to Savannah’s Paw Tracks Mom L, and Dad P, for your generous and gracious hospitality for myself and partner Paul.