Getting some fur baby lovin’

dominique @purringtons

Here I am visiting with a super sweet cat named Dominique at Purringtons.

My friend Karen and I recently headed to the new cat cafe and lounge in Portland called Purringtons Cat Lounge.

The Purringtons website describes the cat cafe as a business where cats and humans can hang out for a certain period of time. Additionally, food or drink or both maybe purchased by visitors.

All cats are up for adoption through the Cat Adoption Team. They hang out at Purringtons until they find their forever home.

There are two sides to the place. You walk into the cafe where you check in, pay the cover, order light bites and/or drinks, do a little shopping and can sit at a bar and watch the cats through large windows.

The lounge area is where the cat living room is located. Once inside you get to hang out and play with the cats and enjoy your bites and drinks.

We hung out with the cats, petted them, played with them and just enjoyed watching them.

There were just a few rules we had to abide by. And one of the “rules” is that kids under 10 can’t enter the lounge, but they can view the cats from the big windows in the cafe.

While hanging out in the lounge with cats named Dominique (pictured), Polly, Robert Meowy Jr., Mildred, Reginald, Corey, Rebel, etc. we sipped on Meowmosas.

There is an $8 cover to spend an hour with the cats. Purchasing light bites or drinks is optional.

More information from the Purringtons site about the cover fee: This helps us with cat related upkeep, food, litter, etc. Additionally, to ensure the cats have a safe and clean temporary home, we have paid employees who clean and monitor the lounge. Any cat adoption fees go straight to Cat Adoption Team.

They allow up to 15 people to visit with the cats at a time for an hour. We made a reservation to ensure a spot. Walk-ins are possible if all 15 slots aren’t booked.

I am an animal lover and had my beautiful fur baby Joey for almost 18 years. (Joey had his own blog and kept it up with lots of pictures and posts.)

I love the idea of Purringtons and their unique set up. For those of us who don’t have pets right now or have a partner/roommate who is allergic it gives us a chance to get some fur baby love without the commitment. By visiting the cats at Purringtons and paying the cover fee we are helping with cat life expenses. If anyone is really interested in adopting, it is a great way to spend time with the cat(s) in more of a living room environment.

It’s a fun experience and I recommend you visit. I plan to go back again.

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4 Comments

  1. This exact idea was on Shark Tank last week, but the investors didn’t “bite” (pardon the pun) because they didn’t see it being “big”. Sounds like a great idea to me! I hope they do this with shelter dogs at some point, too! 🙂

    • Those Shark Tank people can be ridiculous. I try not to watch that show because I get sucked in every time!
      Yes, I think a Baarkington’s would be an awesome idea as well. Let’s get on it!

  2. wow, what a neat idea! I’ve been somewhat involved w/ dog rescues for awhile, but have never heard of this. There was a thing on one of the Hawaiian islands where visitors could “rent” a dog to take on picnics, etc. It’ll be interesting to see if it turns out to be a good way to promote adoptions.

    • When we were in Turks & Caicos there were dogs running around referred to as Potcakes. There is no official shelter on T&C. So volunteers fostered them until they found a forever home. There was a program set up where visitors could take a dog back on the plane with them and deliver it to its new owner.
      I wrote a post about them in 2013.
      http://gofitgirl.com/2013/08/help-the-potcakes/

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