A kitten lounge opened in D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood back in January, which was originally planned to be a pop-up, is set to remain at its location, according to DCist.
The lounge has cats and kittens, all of which were rescued from risk of euthanasia, walking all around the place. Visitors are free to interact with their potential new friends and apply to adopt them.
You can have a 30-minute “kitten experience” at the lounge for $20, or if you prefer a longer one, you have the option of 70 minutes for $35.
The place is often crowded enough, which is why the owners encourage booking in advance “to guarantee entry.”
Adoption fees are $180 for one kitten and $335 for two kittens. Food and drink is also offered by a partner cafe. All kittens are required to be kept, therefore they must be adopted in pairs or housed at a home with another cat.
The Georgetown lounge was initially designed as a temporary branch that would only stay open for four months. Its parent cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers, was scheduled to move into that location afterwards.
The owners decided to make it permanent after almost 200 kittens were adopted over the course of eight months via the place, as the parent cafe stays at its original location.
"You’ve got to be kitten me": At a new pop-up lounge in D.C., you can play with fuzzy kittens. Or adopt them. https://t.co/pnUY7hBmLI
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“We knew it’d be cute, we knew it’d cause a big impact and teach people about kitten season, but it just exceeded our expectations,” Loran Kraljevski, chief creative officer for Crumbs & Whiskers, told DCist.
In an interview with WTOP in January, Kanchan Singh, founder and CEO of Crumbs & Whiskers, said:
“Georgetown is unique. It’s where locals and tourists go to get a real sense of Washington. You go there for the experience, to shop at different stores and enjoy the restaurants. It’s a destination and it’s an attraction, and what could be a better destination and attraction than cats and kittens? It all just fits together. And, some people even call us the hottest new club in Washington, D.C.”