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New Cat Café Opens Downtown

Jul 30, 2015 09:34PM
Fancy a cappuccino with a side of catnip? Crumbs & Whiskers, Washington, D.C. first cat cafe, opened its doors on June 20. Owner Kanchan Singh hopes her new business will help frazzled residents unwind, as well as improve the cats’ chances at adoption.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s most recent survey reports that D.C. has the lowest pet ownership numbers in the country. The area’s long workweeks and high cost of living may help explain why barely one in five residents own a pet.

Crumbs & Whiskers’ mission echoes this idea, pointing out that both pet ownership and a volunteer position at a shelter require a serious commitment.

“Where’s the option that = fun?” Singh asked on her Kickstarter campaign. No-strings-attached cat cuddling apparently resonated with D.C. residents. The campaign raised double the requested funds. With decades of research linking petting animals with anxiety and stress relief benefits, the cafe seems poised to offer a welcome dose of relaxation.

The cats benefit too. Crumbs & Whiskers partners with the Washington Humane Society to foster shelter cats. The eight felines on the current roster have more space and socialization time with people than they receive at the shelter, which improves their adoption chances.

Cost: A 55-minute visit costs $10 on weekdays/ $12 on weekends, with an option to extend the time if availability permits. Location: 3211 O St., NW. Visitors must be at least 13 and are strongly encouraged to book a reservation at CrumbsAndWhiskers.com.

 

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