Currently, there is a heated debate in the global community – whether you are a dog person or a cat person. When I was younger I was a die-hard dog person. Cats didn’t interest me at all. But as I got older I started to realize how cute cats were. Especially kitties. I would spend my time perusing rescue sites and setting myself up for general sadness knowing that my parents would never let me get a pet – let alone an adorable little kitty.
See my dad is of the mindset that it is either him or the dog/cat. And even though I tell him repeatedly that I think I would like a dog or cat more, he just doesn’t get it. No amount of pleading, begging, reasoning or puppy eyes will get him to give in. My dad is quite stubborn. I wonder where I get that trait from? 😉
“Do you love cats, but have a pesky roommate/landlord/dog/(dad) that just won’t let you have one? Well you can now release your inner ‘crazy cat lady’ right here in Calgary. These adoptable cats are ready to cuddle and play with you while you enjoy a tasty coffee or treat.”
You can, of course, imagine my delight when I found out that a cat cafe was opening up in my hometown of Calgary. Regal Cat Cafe is located in the center of Kensington and is home to warm drinks and furry creatures. Normally I would just go to Petland to get my cat fix. But now there is an option to play with kitties all day, without needing to pretend you are going to buy a cat.
And if you are wondering, the cats are available for adoption. However, they work in association with the Meow Foundation. So if you are interested in adopting (from a wider variety), check out their page!
I am not going to lie. At first, I thought there were only 2 cats to play with. With 8 people in the room, I was unhappy because I really wanted to pet a cat. However, I soon realized that there were at least 8 cats in the room – including 3 adorable 3-month old kittens. The kitten that stole the show (and my heart) is named Hawthorne. (Un)Fortunately, he has found his furr-ever home.
I absolutely enjoyed my time here. So much so that I forgot to finish my drink. The cats are a mix of shy and sociable personalities, so a good mix for everyone. We arrived as walk-ins around 1:30. This is a much calmer time of the day to visit. However, this is also the time for a cat siesta. Which meant that majority of the cats were snoozing away (as you can tell from the photos). Nevertheless, it was calming and rather enjoyable to pet sleeping kittens. My heart melted numerous times!
There is a mix of hot drinks (teas and coffee) and gluten-free & vegan (and non-gluten free) pastries and goodies. Prices are comparable to other coffee shops around.
I indulged in a mocha, and I loved how the latte art is of a paw print!
I cannot stress enough how much fun I had. I did not want to leave. My favourite part is when I was petting the rambunctious kitty Hawthorne. He is a bundle full of energy. Very curious and playful. He insisted attacking and playing with everything – including his furry friend who was in the midst of a deep sleep. Nothing could stop this furball of energy. That is until I hit just the right spot under his chin. Although he gallantly tried to resist the urge to sleep, Hawthrone finally gave in and closed his eyes.
I guess all that playing really takes a toll on you, and he did need his beauty sleep!