Nestled in North San Diego County, Cat & Craft is a coffee shop and cat lounge that I had the opportunity to visit this past weekend. And let me tell you, this cat cafe did not disappoint!
Cat & Craft – The Coffee Shop
As with most of the cat cafes I have visited, guests enter the building through the cafe portion. The coffee shop side of Cat & Craft is the largest I have seen yet, which allows for plenty of space for those who wish to stop in to just grab a bite to eat and watch the cats through their large viewing windows.
According to their website, they say: “As a craft coffee shop, we provide space for our community to gather, connect and enjoy hand-crafted coffees, drinks and delicious food. Our coffee shop is really more of a kitchen and living room available for the North County community to unwind, have a chat, and make new friends… both feline and human!”
My friend and I arrived early before our reservation, which allowed us plenty of time to order something to eat. I ordered a caramel iced latte with oat milk as well as their toast flight. I had no idea it would be so much food, but it was delicious! We ate our toast at the window viewing area to watch the cats.
Cat & Craft – Cat Lounge
Guests enter the cat lounge through a two-door system from inside the coffee shop, which ensures no cats can escape into the cafe area. The lounge portion is beautiful. First off, guests will notice and appreciate the amazing and larger-than-life custom paintings by California muralist Carly Ealey.
You can also see cat shelves all along the wall. They lead to an entrance to the cat litter/break-from-guests room. And that’s another thing! The lounge area smelled of…nothing! No sign of litter, no stinky air fresheners used. The lounge was spotless and clean – almost hard to believe that over a dozen cats call the place home. Between the earlier hour and our reservation time slot, I saw lounge staff do a quick Swiffer of the floor and they also cleaned some of the windows while we were there. They clearly take cleanliness seriously!
Cat & Craft partners with Love Your Feral Felines (LYFF), a cat rescue in Oceanside/Vista, California. For Cat & Craft, LYFF selects cats from local shelters who are scheduled for euthanasia. Once rescued from the shelter, LYFF places the cat with a temporary foster for assessment to ensure they’re healthy and a good fit for the cat cafe. Once they’ve spent time with the temporary foster, they can move into Cat & Craft, which considers itself a foster home for the cats as well, since all are up for adoption through LYFF.
And now, onto the main event. The cats!
The Adoptable Cats
While we were visiting, there were 13 cats in the lounge. Cat & Craft displays their bios on a wall and has takeaway flyers on each one in case someone is interested in adopting one.
I asked this cutie if she needed help selecting a toy. I was promptly dismissed.
This sleeping beauty is Summer.
Now awake and alert. (She asked me to get her good side.)
There were five black cats while we were there. And I was told none are related!
Lotso is watching the reflection from phone screens bounce around on the ceiling.
Here’s Hula…he was interested in our toast.
This beautiful mini black panther is just chilling.
Diesel wasn’t happy about getting his asthma meds.
Liam sure knows how to take it easy.
Beautiful Gracie in her cat tent.
And in her cat tunnel.
Here’s a one-minute video of my time at Cat & Craft!
Visiting Cat & Craft
Cat & Craft is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) from 9am to 7pm. Admission to the cat lounge is $12 and reservations are recommended. They are located at 3211 Business Park Drive, Suite 3B, Vista, CA 92081. Visit catandcraftcafe.com to learn more and plan your visit!
“Buh-bye! Come back again soon!”
I had a blast at Cat & Craft and I wish every cat lover could visit this wonderful cat cafe.