Since it was my birthday this week (I’m now 25 which I can’t quite believe) I decided to visit my local cat cafe in Aberdeen. My boyfriend booked us a one hour time slot at The Cat in the Window cafe which I had been looking forward to all week!
We arrived 5 minutes early so we would be ready for our time slot. We were asked to take off our shoes and jackets before the staff told us a few rules to make sure the cats were comfortable. When we were allowed inside I wasn’t disappointed, one cat tried to escape while we chose a place to sit among the sofas and bean bags. The decor was cute and I wanted to take the furniture (and cats) home with me!
When we first arrived most of the cats were ironically sat in the windows (remember the name of the cafe?). They were either looking out for birds or had found a bed to snooze in. Thankfully before each group of guests the cats have a small break. We had also arrived just after a meal so they had more energy than usual.
There were 9 cats in the cafe and during our visit only 6 humans were visiting, this meant that we had a good cat:human ratio and we managed to pet all of the cats! The first to approach us was Ninja, she is the newest cat in the cafe who had sadly been in a rescue centre for over a year before she was adopted!
Ninja sat next to our table while we ordered drinks and cake (maybe she heard us talk about cake and wanted to wait around). Within the first 10 minutes only Ninja and Theodore were walking around the cafe, turns out food motivates cats as much as dogs and once food was served the other cats were suddenly interested!
We ate a quick snack and were able to watch the cats climbing around. If you take a look on my Instagram you’ll see a photo of Theodore begging for food. He even climbed on the table in an effort to eat our crumbs!
After eating we abandoned the table and moved over to the sofas to sit next to the cats who seemed to prefer beanbags over cat beds!
We ended up back with our first cat friend Ninja and got the chance to read through the cafe book which introduced each of the cats.
Once we were about half way through our time we had been speaking to the other visitors and had the chance to switch places with them to see the other cats.
It was at this point Jamie managed to take one of my favourite photos of the trip – Mickey checking on us from his bed. I don’t know what we did to annoy him, but I think he had a case of resting grumpy face!
Actually, now I look back at my phone maybe it was the mini photoshoot he had to endure. He was really happy when we scratched behind his ears though so it was a fair exchange!
The cafe had provided us with lots of different toys and activities for the cats to play with, but I think they enjoyed annoying each other most! When one would climb furniture, another would follow to catch their tail or play.
Before I finish the cat photos, I have to do a shout out to my spirit animal Zeus who didn’t move an inch during our whole visit!
I had the most relaxing time visiting the cafe, we had an hour filled with cat watching and petting. I find that cat cafes are a nice escape because there is no loud music playing or people shouting.
Jamie had even managed to organise a surprise for my birthday and I was given a goodie bag of gifts from my furry friends at the cafe!
I was given a card ‘signed’ by all of the cats and managed to bag myself one of the cute cat mugs I had been talking about earlier!
I think visiting a cat cafe is fun for almost everyone (as long as you’re not scared of cats!) and I loved my time getting to meet them. I always find that the staff are kind and chatty at this type of cafe and they help you to interact with the animals if you’re a little unsure.
Even though I only visited yesterday I am already trying to plan my next visit!