I am going to come clean. I am a cat lover. I know it is a shock to all of you, isn’t it? Because I NEVER post pictures of my cats Buddy and Holly. I found a fabulous concept that I am thinking might become all the rage. You know there are a lot of places where dogs are welcome. Many restaurants cater to dog owners and allow their customers to bring their dogs along with them with designated (usually outdoor ) areas where those folks can dine with their doggie companions. I think it is great.
You can imagine my excitement (cue the music) when I discovered KitTea—San Francisco’s first Cat Tea House. YES!!!! It combines 2 of my favorite things. 2 things that make me smile. 2 things that complete my life. All in one location. Amazing.
The concept is fabulous, in my humble opinion. Their mission:
Create a zen retreat where humans and cats can hang out to the benefit of both species.
Facilitate more adoptions by partnering with local cat rescues. So if you fall in love, you can take ’em home!
So what exactly is a cat tea house?
KitTea will be a relaxing tea house where you can sip on exotic blends, sustainably sourced from around the world. Lounge alongside some furry felines: they form the foundation of a space full of harmony, purity, respect, and tranquility.
Believe it or not, cat cafés are increasingly popular throughout the world — Tokyo has more than one hundred! It’s time we take this concept to the United States.
What are the benefits, you may ask? Taken from their crowd funding page they state the following:
Our patrons will enjoy all the benefits that cats provide, from their entertaining playtime activities to their ability to improve our health and reduce stress.
Our mission is as much about serving cats as it is people. We’re building a home from the ground up, made expressly for cats. All the kitties at KitTea will be adoptable.
We’re planning to initially have kittens at the tea house. Why?
We want the cats to be happy and not stressed. From research, it will be easier for kittens to get used to the space and each other.
71% of cats in shelters are euthanized, many of them kittens (according to the Humane Society). Sources tell us that, in the Central Valley, kitten euthanasia rates are even higher.
We love adult cats too, and will make sure they are well represented as we bring in new cats.
If you want to follow along with their progress there are several places to follow them. Their Crowdfunding page is here, Facebook page, and Twitter. They have already exceeded their goal for fundraising but I am sure they would not turn down further donations. Yes, I donated. Do I live near San Francisco? No. But if I have learned anything from life it is to never rule anything out. Ever.
Tell me what you think of this idea—thumbs up? Or thumbs down?