Who painted the mural in the lounge?
This was a collaborative effort from the dynamic trio: Cathy Libnic, Hector Sanchez and Lance Lovett. They also enlisted additional hands with the painting. They are forever a part of the Purringtons family. This was a monumental task and they really pulled off a beauty.
Where did you get the cat structure in the lounge?
This was a custom build project by Levon Cullen. This give the cats nice sleeping spots as well as allowing them to be up high so they can get away within the lounge if they don’t necessarily want to go back into the private cat room.
How many cats do you have?
We try to have 8 to 10 cats at any time. We work very closely with our shelter partner, Cat Adoption Team, to get new cats in as we adopt out.
What steps are needed to adopt a cat from Purringtons?
If you make a connection with one of our cats, simply inform any of our staff.
They will get you a profile form to fill out and once it is completed, arrangements can be made for the adoption.
More info in our Adoptions Info pages…
Are same day adoptions possible?
In rare cases, we will allow same day adoptions. Sometimes we will have cats who have had a rough road and we feel need to go home ASAP. But in general, our adoption days are Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Do the cats come in contact with food prep areas?
No, not at all. The conditions in which the county health department will allow us to have cats on premises strictly prohibit cats in food prep areas. We will have the cat lounge area where the cats hang out completely sealed off from the “cafe” section of our building. Not only are cats not allowed, but employees who have cat litter duty during their shift cannot work in the cafe during that shift.
What if a cat doesn’t want to hang out with the public?
The cats will have the ability to leave the lounge and hang out in a private area away from the public if they choose to do so. Additionally, we have a custom made structure that allows cats to be up high away from people if they prefer. The cats are in charge here, if they do not want public stimulation, they will leave or go up high and away from people.
Why are visitors not allowed to pick cats up in the lounge?
The safety of our cats and visitors is first and foremost. When we get new cats in, we don’t really know how they will react to having been moved and being in a new environment. If a cat feels at all threatened, they could lash out and possibly scratch or bite as a defensive move. Not because they are bad cats, but because they have not yet gotten used to their new temporary environment. The less stress, the better opportunity for adoption 🙂
With this in mind, you are welcome to ask our lounge monitor for assistance in placing a cat (if appropriate) on your lap.
How do I start my own cat cafe?
This is a question we get very frequently. It’s not an answer one can put in a simple sentence. There are many factors to consider. We do offer a consulting service which consists of a call or visit if in Portland and a document which outlines all of the items one needs to consider in order to open they own cat cafe. Please send serious inquiries to email@example.com
Who gives the cats their names?
It depends. Sometimes our shelter parter, Cat Adoption Team (CAT), will get cats from other shelters who have already given the cats their name. Sometimes CAT will change them and sometimes our staff will rename them while they are here at Purringtons. Adopters of course can choose to keep or change names. The cats really do not answer to their names. Studies have shown that cats respond to the voice of their owners but not necessarily their names. Some people do believe their cats respond to their name, but it seems it is more related to the way they recognize the voice and let’s face it, we tend to have a different way we call out for our cats -right?
Are you hiring?
We will enable our Employment menu button here on our website when we are seeking employees. If this button is not available on our site, and would like to be considered for a job, send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you have an entry fee?
Entrance fee is necessary to cover costs of feeding & housing the cats as well as providing for our staff and pay associated costs with running a business. When compared with other cat cafes across the country, we really feel we’ve tried to be fair in applying this fee. Additionally, we do have discount programs to help out as well.