After visiting cat cafes in Minnesota and Nebraska, Heather Wendland had the “purring” idea to open one of her own in Sioux Falls, calling it Cattitude Café.
The cafe will be located inside the newly renovated Johnson Building at 225. E. 11th St. and is expected to open by the end of the year. Construction will begin in the coming weeks, Wendlandt said.
Customers will be able to enter the cat room, which can hold 15 to 25 cats, by paying a small fee. There will be options for a 30-minute and one-hour session, but Wendlandt said the company is considering whether to introduce a day pass as well.
All cats will be from the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society and up to date on vaccinations. Customers will be able to visit and play with the cats, and can adopt them through the human society. The cats will live inside the Catitude Cafe until they are adopted.
“You can come in, hang out with the cats and if you fall in love, you can bring one home,” Wendlandt said.
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The room will be separated from the café, including its own ventilation system, eliminating the possibility of cross-contamination.
“Even if you’re in the cafe, you wouldn’t know there were cats in the other room except to see them. Even people with allergies (to cats) can come in and have a cup of coffee and not having to worry about allergies and things like that,” Wendlandt said.
There will also be a separate “support room” for cats only, which will include their food and litter.
“Cats are our top priority. We will also have an employee who checks in on the cats at all times, making sure they are safe and happy,” Wendlandt said.
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Wendlandt said there are currently 134 cat cafes in the United States, with the newest arriving in Sioux Falls later this year.
“I think it’s going to be such a fun concept. I think the community is going to like it. I think the cats are going to like it, I just think it’s going to be awesome all around,” Wendlandt said.
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In addition to a full-service cafe, Cattitude Cafe will serve wine and beer, along with a “light fare menu,” which will include sandwiches, charcuterie boards and snacks. Food will not be allowed inside the cat room, while drinks will be allowed.
There will be seating for 40-45 people inside the cafe.
Although it’s a cat cafe, customers won’t be able to bring their own cats, Wendlandt said.
“It’s better if we make sure that all the cats that are in the cat cafe can be in public,” Wendlandt said. “…We’ll have plenty there for you, so you can get your cat fix.”