It’s the first of it’s kind in Tennessee and it’s blazing trails in Nashville.
We’re talking cat cafes so get your catcalls ready!
Mewsic Kitty Cafe is such a hit in our pet-friendly town, there are a couple more in the works.
“We’re happy to, kind of, kick it off cause that was a really challenging thing to do,” remarks Maegan Phan, owner of Mewsic Kitty Cafe. “You go to the Health Department and are like, hey, we wanna have cats and food in the same building and they’re like, that’s interesting, but they were really great to work with.”
The regulations vary from state to state according to health department laws and city ordinances.
Here in Tennessee, cat cafes come with a few strings attached.
“So that was our compromise with the Health Department is we prepare hot coffee, hot tea on site but we don’t have espresso,” explains Phan.
They also sell cold drinks and locally made pastries, but this cafe is more than just a place to get your java fix.
Nashville Cat Rescue is their non-profit rescue partner, making every cat in the cafe adoptable.
Thus far, the cafe has found homes for 110 cats and counting.
Phan says, “sometimes they get here and they’re like, I just have to have this cat right now. Sometimes! The great thing about cat cafes is that you really get to see their personality cause this is basically like their living room.
And in true Nashville style, the cafe speaks to our thriving music scene.
“The cats all get stage names of course ’cause they’re the stars here. Right now, we have a Tabby Keith and Cat Benatar,” smiles Phan.
Thursday is National Pet Day and we have a Petpalooza of special reports. We’ll explore new dog parks, cat cafes, pet therapy, and help you cut your vet bill. Thursday in every newscast.