New North County Spot Pounces on Cat Café Trend

Cat & Craft, located in Vista at 3211 Business Park Drive Suite 3B, opens Saturday

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Alberto Luis Rodriguez

Pouncing on a trend that has made its way into the United States over the past few years, a new cat café will open in Vista this weekend, offering coffee and kitties all under one roof.

On Saturday, Cat & Craft will open its doors at 3211 Business Park Drive Suite 3B. It’s only the second cat café to open in San Diego County since 2015 – and the first of its kind in San Diego’s North County.

Eater San Diego reports that Cat & Craft is operated by Caroline and Andrew Vaught. The Vaughts love both cats and coffee and bring those passions to their Vista venture. The space features a 1,500-square-foot café, plus an 800-square-foot cage-free lounge where adoptable cats and kittens are free to roam and mingle with patrons. The spaces are separated by a glass wall.

Eater reports that the café portion of the business features coffee, espresso and cold brew from Rancho Bernardo-based Manzanita Roasting Company, as well as menu items like avocado toast, plus pastries and desserts provided by local companies A Delight of France and Hazel and Jade.

While caffeinating, patrons can pop in to play with the cats or, perhaps, take a furry friend home.

The foster cats are from North County non-profit Love Your Feral Felines. Eater said the pets are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped. Adoption fees support the non-profit.

Cat & Craft will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It costs $12 per hour to visit and reservations are recommended. Kids age 7 and older are allowed to visit if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The café plans to eventually host special events like “cat yoga,” which is exactly what it sounds like – a yoga session surrounded by furry companions.

Since 2016, more than 60 operating cat cafés – and counting – have opened in the United States. The trend is native to Taiwan and Japan but, over the past few years, the cat café fever caught on all over the world.

Four years ago, The Cat Café opened on Third Avenue in downtown San Diego. The café attracted long lines of feline fans and was the first of its kind to open in the Southern California region. For its first two years in business, that location worked with the San Diego Humane Society to find forever homes for adoptable cats and was able to place 219 cats in good homes.

Today, the cats at The Cat Café come from The Rescue House. The location also offers events like cat yoga.

To get a glimpse of cat cafés operating across the U.S., click here.

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