Cats and Coffee

Seattle Gains—and Loses—a Cat Cafe Project

Seattle Kitty Kafe halts its hunt for a space, while newcomer Neko sets its sights on Capitol Hill.

By Emma Engelfried February 5, 2016

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Kitty Kafe's mascot, Chai Latte. Image Via Kitty Kafe

This past December, Seattle Meowtropolitan proudly opened its doors in Wallingford as the city's first cat cafe—a concept born out of Taiwan and just now hitting our own shores. Two months later, and it is common to see the space fully booked with friends of felines.

There were originally two cat cafe concepts in the running to be Seattle's first, with Kitty Kafe acting as Meowtropolitan's racemate. But while Meowtropolitan has seen immediate success, Kitty Kafe announced via email this week it has been unable to gain adequate funding since launching its Kickstarter campaign back in April, 2015, and the project has officially been scrapped.

No hard feelings, though. Kitty Kafe's McRae Naayers says she and her team will remain involved in Seattle's cat culture and is looking forward to helping with Meowtropolitan's cat adoption efforts.

Seattle may still see a second cat cafe in the near future. Capitol Hill should look forward to Neko, a new project hoping to launch this spring. Caitlin Unsell, Washington native and founder of Neko says she's still hunting for a space that will house 10-15 cats at a time. She plans to partner with shelters in order to provide adoption candidates for those looking for a pet.

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