Feeling frisky for some feline fun? Here's a purrfect opportunity: This weekend Muffinmeow Cafe and Cat Lounge, which hopes to be North Texas' first permanent cat cafe, is hosting a two-day pop-up event where attendees can sip espresso drinks and play with cuddly kitties.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's simple: A cat cafe is a coffee shop with a relaxed environment that's also home to a bunch of cats that mingle with patrons. The animals are usually up for adoption, so if you make a new friend you can likely give him or her a forever home.
Muffinmeow is the brainchild of Washington, D.C. native Christine Perry, who first discovered cat cafes during a semester abroad in Japan. Perry told GuideLive in July she wanted to bring the concept to Dallas, but after touring local real estate, she settled in Richardson with hopes of opening in spring or summer 2016.
One stop by a cat cafe and, Perry says, it's easy to see the benefits.
"It's not like going to a shelter where the cats are all looking a little bit depressed. It's a place to have fun, do homework, kick back and relax and go into your own little world," she told us over the summer.
The pop-up cafes Oct. 24 and 25, which will be held at the Civic Center in Muffinmeow's future hometown, are part fundraiser and part welcome-to-the-neighborhood party. Entry to the event Saturday night requires a $10 ticket, while Sunday entry is free. Saturday offers a more intimate atmosphere, Perry says, and includes giveaways.
Crazy cat people who are unavailable this weekend can still get involved — Perry recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for $50,000 to help make this dream become a reality. The campaign runs until Dec. 14.
In other cat cafe news:
Remember when the Cat Connection hosted pop-up cat cafes every Saturday for a month? Well, the grooming, boarding and pet supplies store recently decided to keep the party going. Co-owner Errin West says the Cat Connection hosts pop-up cat cafe about one a month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with refreshments. There's not a formal schedule available, but she says to keep an eye on the store's Facebook page for details. There are also cats available for adoption in-store seven days a week, just minus the cafe part.