The international trend of playing with animals while enjoying a drink or snack has made its way to Atlanta. Play with a furry feline or have a cup of coffee; your cat-loving family will enjoy visiting one of these local cat cafés.

The cafés partner with local shelters to supply the cats, so if your family falls in love with a cat, they will be available for adoption.

Java Cats Café

Owner Hadyn Hilton opened her cat café in Grant Park. She says she chose this location because she wants it to be an easy spot for families to visit and hopes to host regular kid-friendly activities such as reading to cats. The interior has giant cat murals on the walls, and the cats come from PAWS Atlanta and Humane Society of Cobb County, no-kill shelters for cats and dogs. Firelight Coffee Roasters provides the coffee.
Go see it: 415 Memorial Dr. SE Suite C, Atlanta; 470-305-7575. 85 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta; 770-635-8403. $12 entrance fee.
Reservations required.

Happy Tabby Cat Café

Owner April Hill’s cat café is located in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. See website for details on kid’s birthday parties and children’s afternoons where the whole family can come by and play with the cats. The café partners with FurKids, a no-kill shelter, to provide the cats. Coffee bar has espresso-based drinks, tea, sparkling water, juices, snacks and assorted pastries.
Go see it: 529 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta, 678-640-4404. $8 entrance fee.
Temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer to Get Your Cat Fix

Good Mews

Your family can sign up to volunteer at this this no-kill, cage-free shelter and help socialize the cats, among other opportunities. Kids in grades 1-8 can even visit and read to a cat to practice reading skills and bond with the animals. Marietta
Open by appointment only

FurKids

Children of all ages can come in to brush the cats, choose a toy from the shelter’s stash and make a new friend. They also have a reading program where kids can grab a mat and read to a cat. Cumming
Open by appointment only

Other animal shelters:

Atlanta Humane Society

LifeLine Animal Project

Best Friends Pet Adoption Center

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends

PAWS Atlanta

– Teresa Farkas

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