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Winnipeg's first cat café opens

With purrs and pets Winnipeg’s first cat café opened up on Saturday.

Winnipeg’s first cat café opens

Manitoba

5 years ago
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With purrs and pets Winnipeg’s first cat café opened up on Saturday. 1:47

With purrs and pets Winnipeg's first cat café opened up on Saturday.

Miss J.La's Fur Babies Cat Café and adoption centre opened with the kittens twirling under their toys, which was suiting since the café is located in a dance studio at 1099 Kingsbury Ave.

"We're mostly an adoption centre. We foster these cats and we try to find them homes," said Jennifer Laferriere, the owner and founder.

"You can come here and purchase coffee and something small to eat and come in and sit with the cats and play with them and hopefully fall in love."
With purrs and pets Winnipeg’s first cat café opened up on Saturday. (CBC)

Laferriere said she can have up to 15 cats in the café.

"We don't want to overwhelm cats or anything but they come first," she said.

Although they are fun to pet while sipping a coffee, Laferriere said she hopes that people will also want to take them home.

"I don't think it will be hard. They're adorable," she said.

Evan Driscoll, 12 has been looking forward to the opening for weeks. (Erin Brohman/CBC)
Evan Driscoll, 12, has been looking forward to the opening for weeks.  He was the first customer in to visit the furry felines.

"I love cats. They're like my thing. I have two," he said, adding the kittens are a bit more energetic.

"They're small, they're fast. They like playing with the toys. My cat just sits around, lays around."

Elicce Mundy and her husband live in a building that doesn’t allow pets and said the kittens are therapeutic. (Erin Brohman/CBC)
Elicce Mundy and her husband live in a building that doesn't allow pets and said the kittens are therapeutic.

"If you're not happy, you should have an animal around," she said.

"It makes me happy. It means a lot. I hope they stay open."

Laferriere is looking for volunteers to help make that happen.

The cafe can be contacted through their Facebook page.

With files from Erin Brohman

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