TACOMA, Wash. — “The love of animals is universal,” says Kristi Martin, “and animals bring something to your life that is super special.”
At Catffeinated visitors can get a dose of caffeine and a serving of kittens all in one place.
“Every day is Caturday here at Catffeinated,” says Martin who along with business partner Melanie Weaver, brought Tacoma’s first cat café to Sixth Avenue in December, 2019.
As you may have guessed, they both like puns. We saw Meow-cahs and Cat-puccionos served up to thirsty customers.
“If we can find the perfect cat pun we're probably going to use it,” admits Martin.
When the owners saw how well cat cafes were doing in Seattle they thought Tacoma would be open to the same kind of thing. In a room filled with cat toys, people can interact with adoptable cats and kittens provided by the Auburn Valley Humane Society. Each one has been neutered or spayed, micro-chipped, vaccinated and treated for worms and fleas.
“We've been getting new cats in every week and by the end of the week they've been all getting adopted,” says Martin.
Love connections are made here every single day. Julianne Jennings was filling out paperwork to adopt Earl Grey, a big cat with blue eyes. She's not sure if she'll change his name.
“Most likely I'll just call him handsome,” she said.
“I'm excited for those new families,” says Martin. “ I'm excited that people are looking at shelter cats and interacting with them in such a positive way.”
At Catffeinated you may drop by for a cup of coffee and find a new family member.