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3 Great Cat Cafes in Texas You Need to Experience

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Cats and coffee – what else do you really need? Next time you’re in one of these major Texas cities, check out the local cat cafe and meet the cutest locals around.

1. Austin

Cat cafes in Austin

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“Does the idea of a cat café give you some paws? There’s no need to go into catniptions,” The Blue Cat Cafe website says. “We’re bringing together adorable, adoptable kitties and great food and coffee in a setting that makes you feel right at home. Our prime objective is to find forever homes for stray and shelter cats. But we also help teach guests about what makes for a happy human/cat relationship.” The East Austin locale, which claims to be the largest cat cafe in North America, also sells cat food, litter, furniture, and toys on site and online. They offer behavioral training consultations in the form of house calls, and you can even book a private event – a corporate outing or a birthday party – on site.

2. Dallas

Cat cafes in Dallas

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The Charming Cat Corner is located on the lower level of Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas. The cafe evolved after the founder – who fostered cats and helped out with in-store adoptions for 15 years – noticed that cats at adoption events were often stressed from being moved around constantly and their personalities and adaptability potential was subdued. After about two years of researching and planning, the Charming Cat Corner, which doubles as a public foster setting, was created in 2015. The admission fee for 30 minutes is $7 and $10 for one hour. Included in your admission is a coupon to one of the mall’s food court vendors. You can use your coupon right away and bring your food and beverage into The Charming Cat Corner or you can use it after your visit.

3. Houston

Cat cafes in Houston

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“Over 4 thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and worshiped as gods and goddesses,” The El Gato Coffeehouse website says. “Our kitty residents will be returned to their thrones at El Gato Coffeehouse, as the cat lounge will be tailored to their needs allowing plenty of upward mobility and paths to run and jump. Our guests will behold the magical transformation of a shelter cat into a happy, well-adjusted cat looking to find his or her furrever pet companion. El Gato is more than just a café with cats, music and treats.” El Gato, located in the Heights area and Houston’s first cat cafe, is brand new. The phase one opening party will be on April 8. Phase one will launch an event-based calendar, rather than full hours of operation. The cafe will host Arts & Crafts With Cats, Meowvie Nights with Cats, Caturday Morning Cartoons, and cat yoga classes.