Crazy, Cuddly Kitty Cats: Denver Cat Company welcomes people, felines alike

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Most people have probably heard the anecdote that goes a little something like this: pets make us humans happier and healthier. However, not every person who finds happiness in furry friends has the time or resources to have one of their own. Well, I have a place for any cat lover that needs some time to cuddle and hang out with some fur babies.

The Denver Cat Company is a cozy little café located on historic Tennyson Street in Denver, and it’s any cat lovers paradise. Founded in 2014 by owner Leila Qari, this cat café currently houses 16 rescue cats from three local shelters: the Denver Animal Shelter, Life is Better rescue and PawsCo shelter.

These rescues live in a cage-free, comfortable environment where they have the opportunity to receive quite a lot of love, attention and playtime. And since these fur balls are rescues, they’re available for adoption. So while they’re waiting for their forever home, they live in a good temporary home.

You may be asking just how comfortable these kitties are with a lot of unfamiliar people coming and going. Well, let me give you one of the most adorable examples I saw during my visit. There was this man sitting on one of the couches and I noticed on second glance that he had not one, but two little kitties sleeping on his lap and chest. If that doesn’t scream how comfortable these cats are, I don’t know what will, because any cat person knows how much trust it takes for a cat to nap on you.

I don’t know about you, reader, but seeing cats in cages at pet shops and shelters sometimes bums me out. So visiting this place, where rescues have free reign and are happy, was a breath of fresh air. It made me so happy and I honestly want to cry happy tears thinking about it. Those fur babies get all the love and attention they could ever want while waiting for someone to take them home.

Even if you, the reader, are not a cat person, the thought of these pets living happily must lighten your heart a little bit.

Moving beyond the cats, the café itself is very tranquil and pleasant. There’s different types of  furniture including tables, chairs and couches. You could set up camp with a laptop and work at a table for a while, there’s couches if you just want to nap with some cats or if you want to sit and play with some cats. There’s relaxing music playing and some refreshments are available.   

According to the café’s website, Qari’s vision “was that of a cozy coffee house with mellow music, books, and comfy chairs, an environment where students, remote workers, families, couples, and friends could all feel at home … with the addition of friendly cats to make everything feel even cozier.”

Coming from a cat lover like me, I can attest to the cozy atmosphere that Qari was aiming for. This is the type of place I could spend hours in. I can see how it could be relaxing to go there and work but personally, I would be so distracted by loving on the cats that I wouldn’t get anything done (That’s why I’m not the most productive at home where I have three fur babies of my own).

Don’t just take my word for it, as a café customer echoed my thoughts on the feel of the place.

Thirteen-year-old Savannah Cassels of Golden, Colorado, said that the café feels homely and as soon as you walk into it, you’re comfortable immediately.

Another cool aspect of this place is that it’s a small business that was opened by Qari and is still run as such. Qari put together this cafe with her own funds, painted the walls herself, picked the furniture and comes in every week to stay connected with the business she started. According to the café’s website, all the staff members were at one point loyal customers of the café. The Denver Cat Company was one of first of its kind in the United States, which gave Qari the freedom to define what a “cat café” could look like (at least in America).

As many people know me to be, I’m a “crazy cat lady” and I’m totally fine with that label. As I was growing up, I’ve always had at least one cat in my life. So reader, I hope that my experience and background with cats gives you an inkling that I wouldn’t love a place such as this cafe without having positive reasons.

With that in mind, if you’re ever in the Denver area, I would highly suggest making a visit to the Denver Cat Company. It’s such a positive and relaxing environment that takes care of rescue cats that haven’t found their forever homes yet.

If you consider going, here’s a little information for you:

    • The cafe is located at 3929 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
    • Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday & Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There’s a flat cover to go in and you can stay as long as you like with the exception of under 10 years of age (the cover helps pay for fostering the cats)
      • $8 for ages 1+
      • $6 for ages 62+
    • Under 1 year are admitted free


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