David and Heather Strauss, the owners of Orlando Organics (Facebook) will be opening a cat cafe called the Kitty Beautiful (Facebook) as in the City Beautiful, but with cats, in Downtown Orlando in 2016.
Cat cafes began in Taiwan back in 1998 and are just what they sound like; a coffee shop with cats in them. They often have dividers in them to keep the cats out of the cafe area where you can use your laptop and enjoy free Wi-Fi with your morning coffee. When you’re ready, you can just go to the other room and play with some cats.
Some models ask you to pay a cover or membership fee to access the cat play room. The cat room is planned to be a free library of sorts, where you can simply take a book off the shelf and read with the cats.
Most American cat cafes have the added benefit of partnering with shelters and using adoptable cats looking for a home. So if you really like that one tabby you keep visiting, you can bring him/her home. According to Kitty Beatiful’s Facebook page, the plan is to foster a dozen or so adoptable cats on site.
The owners are still signing a lease on their hopeful location downtown, near the intersection of Magnolia and Robinson.