Cats purr and drinks stir at new Clermont café

The exterior of the Orlando Cat Café, which will be located in the Town Center at Cagan Crossings in Clermont. “If you’re looking to adopt a cat, it’s more of a relaxing atmosphere than a shelter location, so you can play one-on-one with the cats,” Cagan said.

Soon enough there will be a new coffee shop opening in Central Florida where you can drink an iced caramel latte, eat a snack and adopt a cat.

Orlando Cat Café, expected to open in August, will host a combination of a coffee shop and pet shop for visitor interaction with the possibility of adoption.

Sandra Cagan, developer of the project, said she came up with the idea after being inspired by a news story featuring the very first cat café that opened in New York.

“People talk about following your passion. Do something that makes a difference in the world,” Cagan said. “And, all of those things kind of came together. Plus, I was turning 50, so it was a big aha moment.”

The new café will have a viewing area of the cat playroom where guests can either observe or play with the cats under the supervision of shelter volunteers.

In the adoption center, there will be about 12 to 15 cats that will live there full time until they are adopted, according to Cagan. As cats are adopted, new adoptable cats from the shelter will be brought into the café.

“If you’re looking to adopt a cat, it’s more of a relaxing atmosphere than a shelter location, so you can play one-on-one with the cats,” Cagan said.

Winter Garden’s Axum Coffee and the Animal League have both joined in starting up the business and creating the concepts that will be a part of the new coffeehouse.

Jessica Whitehouse, director of development of the Animal League, said it was a perfect opportunity to combine her business with Cagan’s personal goals and passion in finding new homes for cats.

“We are the first ones to pioneer it in the Florida region. Some other places have tried unsuccessfully, unfortunately, to try to make it happen,” Whitehouse said. “I definitely think it’s going to be unique to our area and to our organization since we haven’t gone down this route.”

Whitehouse said that cat adoptions at the Animal League are typically lower than dog adoptions. She sees this as an opportunity for more people to adopt cats.

“If there is anything we’re concerned about, [it] is that we may run out of cats, which would be a wonderful problem to have,” Whitehouse said.

The Orlando Cat Café will be located in the Town Center at Cagan Crossings in Clermont.

Story originally published on June 2, 2016.

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