|The CatCafe Lounge in Los Angeles.|
The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special permit in September for a business called Patriot Pawsabilities at 10611 Braddock Road, Fairfax. The cat café, in a storefront at University Mall, would allow patrons to relax and interact with cats and kittens from local rescue organizations.
The owner, Monique Ryan, hopes to open Patriot Pawsabilities in early 2019. There would be about 40 cats and kittens on site. The facility would also host various activities, such as yoga and knitting classes, trivia night, music with cats, paint night, and board game night, as well as quiet study time.
The cats would be vetted to ensure they are healthy and interact well with humans and other cats. The plans call for a main lounge with cat walks and cat trees and separate rooms for kittens and classes.
According to Health Department rules, the cat café can only offer food and drinks that are prepackaged and cannot operate as a “food establishment.”
Cat cafés have appeared worldwide since the first one opened in Thailand in 1998. The concept is especially popular in Japan, where there are more than 150.