This past Wednesday was my birthday, and since my husband Steve had a work commitment in D.C., I decided to tag along and enjoy some adventuring. I’d researched ahead of time and located a cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers, within walking distance of our Georgetown hotel. Further research revealed that a pop-up kitten lounge had opened nearby on M Street. Since the latter would only be open through June, I decided kittens would be my birthday treat and booked a time when Steve was available.
What a delight it was!
Apparently spring/early summer is when shelters are inundated with kittens. The kitten lounge was designed to ease the burden:
During this time, many kittens are euthanized or turned away from shelters, because kitten care is more expensive and time consuming than adult cat care. Our approach in helping with this issue is simple – we are creating a space to house more kittens and providing rescues with more resources to care for kittens. (www.crumbsandwhiskers.com)
The kitten lounge frees up space in shelters and allows these wee felines to socialize with each other and with adoring humans in a safe, carefully monitored environment. The goal is, of course, to find a forever home for each kitten. You and I can help simply by paying a moderate fee to CUDDLE KITTENS for 10, 30, or a luxurious 70 minutes.
I was wound up with excitement! As a result the kittens seemed a bit wary, but once I’d calmed down they began to wander closer. Just so you know, patrons are not allowed to pick cats up and carry them around. However, one can lounge on any of the fluffy cushions and wait for the kittens to come near or coax them with a toy. Employees are always looking for ways to enhance the experience and thus might settle a kitten or two on your lap. There are so many options, and they’re all AMAZING.
As soon as our half hour was up I knew my trip to DC would not be complete without a visit to the permanent cafe with adult cats, and thus we booked for Friday.
Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe opened in 2015 and is partnered with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. I learned from Wikipedia that the cafe was funded through a Kickstarter campaign with a $15,000 goal. More than double that amount was donated before the campaign ended!
We enjoyed 70 minutes at the cat cafe. That length of time made it possible to interact with each cat, as well as to hear stories from the staff about their adventures and quirky personalities. It was a Zen experience for me, and I practically floated out of there when our time was up.
Read about founder Kanchan Singh and the story behind Crumbs & Whiskers. ALSO, check out the shop, and the celebrity guest photos/videos.
Are you wanting to know more about Cat Cafes? Here’s an explanation from a CAT CAFE REVIEWER.
Peruse this List of 125 Cat Cafes in North America. In addition, here are 11 Cat Cafes Around The U.S. That Should Be On Everyone’s Radar In 2019.
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**All photos in this post were taken by me during our visits. See my Instagram for more pics!
Stay tuned for details on my D.C. tea and bookstore adventures…