About Your Visit
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY RESERVATION?
Please arrive about 10 early to allow for parking, check-in, and to grab a snack or drink. If you have a reservation, don’t be late! We can’t give you any extra time, and cats are most impatient if they are kept waiting! Time slots begin on the hour.
It’s important to us that each guest enjoys his or her visit. It’s also important our cats have an enjoyable, safe experience without feeling stressed, anxious or scared. If at any time we feel that a guest is preventing either from happening, that guest will be asked to leave.
Do I HAVE TO PAY TO enter THE CAT LOUNGE?
We ask for a cover charge donation of $10 for one hour (weekdays) in the cat lounge. $12 on weekends. This helps us to take care of all the cats’ needs while they are living with us.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER?
All guests are required to review the safety rules and sign a waiver, which stays on file for future visits. Parent or guardian must sign a waiver for children age 8 to 17. Children must be 8 years or older to enter the Cat Lounge.
Children ages 7 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, no exceptions. We ask for one adult for every two children for the cats’ safety and well-being.
Students age 16 and 17 are not required to bring their parent/guardian. They can bring a waiver as long as it is signed by parent/guardian.
You may fill out a waiver at anytime here!
WHat if i need to reschedule or cancel?
We ask for at least 24 hour’s notice to reschedule or cancel. Please understand that if you are a no-show or forget to cancel without enough notice, it prevents us and other visitors from using those reserved time slots, and there is no refund. You can consider it a donation for charity, which we appreciate!
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
Belknap is a popular neighborhood, so parking can be tricky on weekends. Street parking is available in front of the café and many side streets off Dundee Road (Yale, Wibben, Harvard). Metered parking along Douglass Loop business corridor. Meters are free on Sunday. Small free lot behind Graeters Ice Cream and Heine Bros. Avoid parking in the CVS lot or Dundee Tavern lot.
WHERE DO THE CATS COME FROM?
CAN I ADOPT A CAT FROM THE CAFE?
Absolutely! All cats are available for adoption. It's a good idea if you can spend at least two visits before choosing one (or two!) cats, so you can learn their personalities and make sure the cat is compatible with you and your living situation. The adoption approval process takes about 24 hours or less.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT A CAT?
The adoption fee is set by the partner agency. Fees vary. The adoption partner reviews and approves the applications. We will notify you with the good news! Once we receive approval, we will contact you to schedule a time to pick up your new furrever kitty. Owner must bring a pet carrier.
CAN I SUBMIT MY ADOPTION FORM ONLINE?
Yes! Be sure to fill out the application for your cat’s corresponding adoption partner.
ABOUT THE CAFE
WHAT IS A CAT CAFE?
A cat cafe is a unique hybrid space where visitors can have a cup of coffee or tea and sit down to pet cats...or adopt one! All cats are fixed, microchipped, licensed, and up to date on immunizations. Our adoption partners provide us with 12 to 15 cats who live 24/7 in our space until they find their purrfect homes.
Cat cafés began in Taiwan and Japan 20 years ago due to small apartment sizes where cats are generally not allowed. They are for people who love cats, but don’t or can’t have one, to interact with a roomful of cats in a comfortable, home-like setting. In the last decade, hundreds have sprouted all over the world. More than 100 are operating in the US now
WHERE DO THE CATS COME FROM?
We have three adoption partners: Louisville Metro Animal Services, Shamrock Pet Foundation, and CatHeads Kitty Rescue.
WHAT IF I CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO ADOPT A CAT?
No problem! Most visitors come to Lucky Cat Café for purr therapy by relaxing, sipping hot tea or coffee, and petting cats. There is science and research behind how purr therapy improves emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. There is nothing more pleasant than when a furry cat climbs into your lap and curls up into a ball.
DO YOU ACCEPT CATS THAT NEED A NEW HOME?
Sorry, we are not authorized or licensed to accept cats from the general public. If you are in need of places to surrender cats or kittens, please contact Shamrock Foundation at 502-585-3220 or Metro Animal Services at 502-361-1318.
DO YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS?
Yes! As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we depend on large and small donations to help make ends meet. Gift cards and cash donations are used to pay expenses for the cats, plus operating expenses of running an organization like this (rent, insurance, utilities, pet supplies, etc). We do not have any paid employees at this time.
WHAT KINDS OF DONATIONS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Top 5 Most Needed Items:
Gift cards to Amazon, Kroger, Feeders Supply and Lowes
Sentry Calming Room Diffusers
Canned food such as Little Friskies or Nine Lives
Paper towels and Simple Green cleaner
Clumping clay cat litter, any brand
Our favorite Wish List item is donations of new cat-theme items that we can sell. For example, homemade cat beds or sleeping pads from someone who likes to sew. And most of all, we enjoy receiving donations of Lucky Cat figurines and statues!