When I moved to Wallingford back in ’93, we used to joke that with all the DINKs (Double Income, No Kids), the cats outnumbered the children two-to-one. As anyone who has been tracking the fast trade in stolen BOB strollers can tell you, the pendulum has swung.
The cats, however, are down but not out. The Seattle Met reports that Wallingford will shortly be getting its own cat cafe, Seattle Meowtropolitan.
A cat cafe is not a spot where cats go for a bowl of flat white. Rather, a cafe that stocks cats like some coffee shops stock newspapers. They’re there to admire, pet, and play with while you enjoy your coffee. Tokyo has several, New York City has two, and, apparently Wallingford will be getting one soon.
According to the Met, “Seattle Meowtropolitan co-founder Matt Lai confirmed that the cafe will be located in Wallingford, though he’s not yet releasing an official address.”
Seattle Meowtropolitan received some of its funding from an Indiegogo campaign, from where we can learn a bit more about what’s in store:
At Seattle Meowtropolitan, cats will be kings and queens. Group-living, human interaction, and loving attention make for a unique cat haven. Cats in our cafe will grow to be friendly, active creatures who are happy. Humans in our cafe will grow accustomed to delicious coffee and cute cats.
In addition to being a sanctuary for cats, we will also serve great coffee, tea, and snacks. Grab a drink, grab a snack, grab a table by a cat, and enjoy your time in the presence of our feline friends. The space will have toys and structures for the cats. So we need humans to come in for the cats to play with.
If you fall for one of our cats, you may be eligible to adopt him/her and provide them with a comfortable home.
Seattle Met also notes that a “particularly zen event of yoga with kittens” will precede the opening, as well. I have no idea what that means.
So where’s it going? Seattle Eater says it’s going to be somewhere with “lots of windows and be close to bus lines,” but that’s all we know. I’d guess the spot where Big Wheel was (yes, Big Wheel closed!), except that that’s clearly going to be knocked down for development. Other suggestions?
(Design rendering from Seattle Meowtropolitan Indiegogo page)