My 8 year old is cat OBSESSED! She greets her kitty as soon as we walk through the door, wants to make a cat tower with her grandpa and if she touches anything soft, it’s as soft as “5000 cuddly cats!” When I heard that there was a Cat Cafe coming to Edmonton, I knew we would have to visit.
I was initially disappointed to hear that the cafe would be for adults and children 10 and up. I totally understood though – you don’t want the kitties to be overwhelmed and stressed out from little ones chasing them and pulling their tails all day long. But I was really happy when they announced a weekly kid’s event Sunday mornings for children under 10.
It is only for an hour, and there are only so many spots available so you need to sign up in advance. Rules are clearly addressed before you enter the cafe as well. We have been there twice so far and parents are pretty great at watching their children closely. But if the kitty just isn’t into it, they can always escape up high or through their kitty door to the back room.
They have activities for kids as well. Coloring pages and face painting have been offered during our visits. It is free for children and parents to visit during the hour but food and snacks are extra.
We wait and grab our goodies on the way out so we’re able to give our undivided attention to all the gorgeous felines. Plus little kids and kitties are notorious for knocking things over! All the drinks are cat inspired, my favorite being the Chai Catte! The girls enjoy the jumbo cookies for $1.50
As it is an awesome free event for kids, it is often booked a few weeks in advance. But you can find a Sunday that works and sign up on their website. Another great thing about the Cat Cafe on Whyte is all the kitties are available for adoption! When we were there last week, the sign said there were currently 10 cats there and 33 had been adopted since they opened in the spring!
So take the kids down to the Cat Cafe on Whyte on Sunday Morning, and then go for a stroll down Whyte Ave if you have the time.