OCC Hosts Group from Children’s Home

The sounds of “oohs” and “ahhs” fill the air as 12 very excited, wide-eyed children enter the cat play area of the Orlando Cat Café. Mesmerized by fuzzy tails and whiskers, the children eagerly approach the cats and gently toss toy mice across the floor. At any given time, the Orlando Cat Café is home to 15-20 cats seeking their forever home; however, today’s visitors are different. They also long for a loving, forever home.

The children are current residents at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home located in Leesburg, an emergency shelter for children who have been removed from their families and homes for various reasons. “I figured the cats and the children were in the need of love and comfort and they would help each other,” says Jamie Scher, Shelter Supervisor. “I believe animals serve as a great tool of comfort and recovery and I am excited to see how the children and the cats bond with one another.”

Scher heard about the Orland Cat Café while he was adopting a cat of his own. “It sounded like a fun place for the children to visit and I thought I would reach out,” Scher states. “Many of the children had pets of their own before coming to the shelter so I really thought this would be a great experience for them.” The Children’s Shelter was established in 1985 as an emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children and is a children’s shelter licensed through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Children between the ages of six and 13 are placed in the shelter by the Florida Department of Children and Families after being removed from the custody of their current caretakers, frequently with only the clothes on their backs. It was originally licensed for only five children. It currently serves up to 12 children at any given time. The program has shifted over the years to accommodate children for longer periods of time with a staff trained to help those with elevated behavioral issues.

The shelter can also house larger sibling groups, allowing them to stay together and feel more at ease in difficult times. A group of four siblings residing together in the shelter came along for the visit to the cat café. The only visitation they had was from their grandmother who, sadly, passed away earlier this year. They have been in the shelter for three years and currently do not have family members willing to take all four children together. A shelter caregiver states, “We don’t like to split up the siblings. Sometimes all they have is each other and keeping them together helps them cope with what they are going through.” Other children have lived in the shelter longer and it is estimated there are more than 10,000 children throughout Florida who need loving and stable homes.

“The work that the Florida Baptist Children’s Home does is absolutely amazing. We were honored to provide an exciting outing to these great kids,” says Jessica Whitehouse, Director of Community Relations. “We have successfully adopted 65 cats to new homes since opening in September. We want to remind the community that there are plenty of ways to get involved in helping the children and animals in your own backyard and we hope people will be inspired to step up and help in whatever capacity they can. The need it there.

Thank you Clermont Newsleader for the write up!



Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is a nonprofit organization on a mission to bring love and compassion to one more child. Thanks to your help, we were able to serve 106,278 children and families last year. Join the cause! Together, we can give hope to one more child.


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Wellness Natural Pet Food Sponsors Cat Café Book Tour

Thank you Pet Age for the article about the upcoming kickoff of the CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness Natural Pet Food. The tour features America’s favorite cat behavior expert and best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennett. Beginning this month, Johnson-Bennett will travel across the country and stopping at some of the greatest pet-loving cat cafés to share her new book, “CatWise.” Sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food, this highly anticipated event is the “purr-fect” opportunity for cat lovers to unite, adopt a cat from a local shelter and meet Johnson-Bennett, the No. 1 best-selling author of cat books in America.

Click here to read more from Pet Age! 

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Jean Luc Honors National Pet Sitters Week

Jean Luc Honors Professional Pet Sitters Week March 5-11 with an interview with the owner of PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services.

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate National Pet Sitters Week. How long have you owned PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services?

My mom, Paula, and I started the business in April of 2008, so we have been in business for almost 9 years! We love taking care of people’s pets, cats, birds, bunnies, fish, reptiles, and… is it OK for me to say this here?… dogs.

Um… not my favorite word in the world, but OK. Let’s move on. How did you get started in the pet sitting business?

We both have a great love for pets and we thought, what better thing to do than to work doing something you love? Thus, PAWSitive Strides was born.

What is pet sitting anyhow?

Pet sitting is a great alternative that people use when they have to go out of town and leave their fur children behind. As you know, Jean Luc, cats (and most other pets) enjoy the comfort and security they feel being home. With that in mind, we take care of pets in their homes. Not only is it easier for the pets, but it is easier for the owners as well. They don’t have to pack up all of their pet’s belongings and transport them to a boarding facility or a friend’s home. And, when they come back from vacation, they don’t have the added stop to go and pick up their pets. Did you know that we also do dog walking for people with busy schedules? A tired dog is much less likely to annoy a cat! 🙂

I am not sure I know of any dog who’s not annoying, but I’ll take your word for it. Next question, what is the best thing about your job?

The absolute best thing about our job is getting to know and love so many different and wonderful pets. It is extremely fulfilling to be greeted each visit by purring kitties and wagging tails! The pets we care for LOVE our visits and look forward to seeing us. They get lots of love, playtime, and TLC during the visits so we always get very happy greetings!

It also brings us great satisfaction knowing that, by our being there, our clients get to travel with peace of mind. And what better way to spend the day than by bringing joy and happiness to many furry (and even feathered or scaly) critters!

Feathered critters? Really??? Sounds delish! Ahem, back to the interview. What is the hardest part about your job?

The hardest part of our job is when a beloved pet passes away. We get very attached to the pets in our care. We get to know them and love them for many years. So, when they go, it is very hard for us. It breaks our hearts every single time.

That is sad. Let’s move on to something more “pawsitive”. What is your take on the age-old question, “do cats rule and dogs drool?

Oh, that’s a tough one for me, Jean Luc! You know I have dogs, right?

I know. Nobody’s perfect. I am glad you felt safe admitting it during our interview. I wouldn’t make a practice of mentioning that, though, if I were you.

Well, having been a proud mom of dogs, cats, birds, and fish, I must say that all pets are special to me. I even save lizards or wasps that get into the house and put them back outside. Every critter is unique and wonderful in his own way.

Um… I guess… still not convinced about dogs, though. And lizards, well, they’re just a cat’s chew toy! Well, thank you for your time and taking a few moments from your busy day to chat with the Coolest Cat in town…ME! 

Click here to learn more about PAWSitive Strides Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services.

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OCC Hosts the CatWise Cat Café Tour Kickoff Presented by Wellness®

Join the Orlando Cat Cafe on March 23rd from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm as we help kick-off the CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness® featuring America’s Favorite Cat Expert and Best Selling Author, Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam will be traveling across the country and stopping at some of the greatest pet loving cat cafes to share her brand new book, CatWise.

Pet parents with burning questions about their cat’s behavior can visit Pam at the tour stop nearest them for a Q&A with the cat behaviorist and pick up a copy of CatWise to learn more. Wellness® Natural Pet Food will also be providing raffles and fun freebies for attendees.

Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 10 books, including the brand new release, CatWise (Penguin Books, 2016). Pam’s best-selling book, Think Like a Cat (Penguin Books), changed the way cat owners view cat training and has been referred to as the “cat bible” by veterinarians, shelters, behavior professionals and cat owners world-wide. Her book, Cat vs. Cat (Penguin Books), was the first of its kind to address the unique needs of households with multiple cats. In addition, Pam hosted the Nat Geo Wild/Animal Planet show Psycho Kitty, which aired in the UK and Canada. With a career that spans over 30 years, she is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior and shelter training.

The CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness® has one very important mission to fulfill: to give back to animals in need. Orlando Cat Café has partnered with The Animal League and adoptable cats will be available at the event. In its role as presenting sponsor, Wellness® Natural Pet Food will be donating 1000 meals to The Animal League to help provide cats with natural nutrition while they wait to be adopted. Wellness® Natural Pet Food crafts its recipes with carefully sourced, thoughtfully prepared ingredients to make every mealtime count—for pets at home and those in need.



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Annual Memberships Now Available!

Head Meow Master, Jean Luc here…

Can’t get enough of the kitties at the cafe? You’re not alone (and really, who could blame you…we are pretty amazing…).

The Orlando Cat Cafe is pleased to announce that a limited number of Annual Memberships are now available. You can choose from 2 options — the Individual “Pick of the Litter” Membership or the “Entire Litter” Family Membership.

Memberships come with these GREAT “purrks”:
• Ten (10) Hours of Monthly Cat Time*
• Additional Cat Hours only $5 per person*
• 2 FREE Guest Passes
• 4 BOGO Coupons for a Beverage
• 15% Discount on all Orlando Cat Cafe Merchandise
*Subject to Availability

These memberships are being offered only for a limited time and are good for 1 year from the date of purchase! $150 purr year for individuals or $250 purr year for the entire family!

Membership requests will be filled first come, first serve — simply send an email to info@orlandocatcafe.com and include your name, address and whether or not you want to purchase an Individual or Family Membership. We’ll email you when your card is read for pick up. It’s that easy!!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly eMews newsletter delivered right to your inbox so you can stay up to date with all OCC happenings! Click here to view our February eMews!


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Change a Pet’s Life Day

Jean Luc here with Breaking News! First of all, I have been promoted from Blogger to Editor in Chief of the Orlando Cat Cafe’s Newsletter. This is a HUGE promotion for me and I have asked for a corner office, a saucer of milk to be delivered to me twice a day, FRESH tuna for dinner every night, and several new catnip mice. I didn’t get any of these things, but I did ask!

In my new position, I am responsible for a bunch of new things, and that leads me to my 2nd piece of BIG news — January 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day and the Orlando Cat Cafe is conducting a special Facebook contest and the winner will get a FREE Yearly Membership to The Orlando Cat Cafe! MEOW!

Change a Pet’s Life Day encourages adoption of shelter pets (like those at The Orlando Cat Cafe) and raises awareness about issues facing shelter animals. The day also aims to recognize the volunteers and staff members of shelters and rescues and the hard work they do to improve animal lives. It’s a little known fact that I was once a shelter cat, and now I am Editor in Chief of a MAJOR publication! When you are a shelter pet anything is possible!

Here are all the official rules:

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1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, Florida, USA 34714, (352) 989-4820, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest is worldwide. Prize will be available at the Orlando Cat Café. Employees of the Orlando Cat Café, The Animal League, and Axum Coffee and their immediate families and volunteers are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Contest begins at the Start of Day (CST) on January 24, 2017 and continues until the End of Day (CST) on January 31, 2017. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (CST) on January 31, 2017 to be eligible. One Random Winner will be announced on or about February 1, 2017.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. Entrant can submit one entry per pet. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Facebook, or any other social site. One (1) random Winner per applicable site will be selected from the entries. Entrants must meet all conditions of this section; Sponsor is not responsible for any technical difficulties which prevent Entrant from meeting any or all conditions.

5. PRIZES AND ODDS: One (1) Winner per applicable site will be selected randomly from all the entries and will win a prize valued at approximately US$150. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and shipment instructions must be sent within sixty (60) days of win. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem package within the time period required, the prize will be forfeited. Odds of winning shall be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prize will be awarded if properly claimed. Orlando Cat Cafe will assume delivery costs and Winner(s) are responsible for any taxes due.

6. DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about February 1, 2017. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

7. NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by private message and/or email within two weeks following the drawing. Winner notified must respond within ten (10) days of notice of award.

8. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) name, city, state and country, and prize awarded, for the purpose of advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law.

9. LAW: Subject to all country, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with any drawing or award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Florida, without regard to conflict of law principles. Any cause of action by you with respect to the offer (and/or any information, products or services related thereto) must be instituted within one (1) year after the cause of action arose or be forever waived and barred. All actions shall be subject to the limitations set forth in above.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media site, including Facebook.


Facebook contests are worldwide. The Prize will be available at the Orlando Cat Café.

On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. Entrant can submit one entry per pet between January 24 – 31, 2017.

1) One (1) Winner per applicable site will be selected at random from all the entries. The one (1) Prize is valued at approximately US$150 and includes one yearly pass to the Orlando Cat Café.

January 24, 2017

January 31, 2017. Winners will be announced here on or around February 1, 2017.

On Facebook, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Facebook page and enter a valid comment on the applicable Facebook post. All other entries will be disqualified. This contest is limited to participants worldwide. Prize available at the Orlando Cat Café.

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JeanLuc for President!

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JeanLuc for President!

Big news!

I am nominating myself for President!  Not President of the Orlando Cat Café (I’m kind of the president there already) but for President of the U.S.A.

We’ve had a lot of visitors here at the Orlando Cat Café in the last month, and many are talking elections.  It seems to me, that no one is all that thrilled with either candidate, and so I thought now would be a good time to elect a cat as president, and I am humbly submitting my name for consideration.

Now don’t let my name fool you.  I know that my name is JeanLuc, and that is a “French” name, but I assure you I was born in the United States.  As I previously stated, long before I even considered running for President, I was named JeanLuc because my mom loved french fries!

Now, I realize that I am getting into the game a bit late, and I haven’t had the chance to participate in any debates, so I am taking this opportunity to answer some popular debate questions, so that you can get an idea on my position on several important topics.  Ready?

Q:  What is the Best Pizza Topping?

A:  I do like pepperoni, but sometimes it gives me “digestive issues”, so I will go with cheese, but it is important to 1) not eat too much and 2) be sure to let it cool.

Q.  Which is better — Rock n Roll or Hip Hop Music?

A:  I’m old school, so I will choose Rock n Roll (but not too loud).  I also like Harry Connick Jr. and Johnny Mathis.

Q.  Are there advantages to bottled water over tap water?

A:  I’m environmentally friendly, so I think tap water is fine.  And I know this will not be a popular stance with my dog friends, but toilet water is not recommended!

Q:  Which is more real – pirates or ninjas?

A:  Pirates

Q:  Do nursery rhymes have secret interior meanings?

A:  Only Humpty Dumpty.  It’s really deep.

Q:  Are beauty pageants a way to objectify women?

A:  I have no opinion on beauty pageants, but I am not a big fan of Cat Shows.  Best in Class, Best in Breed.  It’s demeaning and too subjective.

Q:  Should plastic bags be banned?

A:  Yes — Paper Bags are a lot more fun to play in and a lot safer!

Q:  Which is better to have as a pet: a cat or a dog?

A:  This may surprise some people, but I feel strongly that some people are “dog” people and some people are “cat” people.  But cats rule (and dogs drool)!

I hope this clarifies my positions on several important and pressing issues facing this country, and that you will consider voting for me, JeanLuc, for president!

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Back from Vacation!

Jean Luc here, back from vacation and boy oh boy have things changed here while I was gone!

I went to Altoona, Pennsylvania, mostly because I thought it was spelled All Tuna, Pennsylvania.  You can imagine my disappointment but I made the best of it.

Anyhoo, my vacation started on September 7th and I just came back this morning, revived and refreshed, and boy was I surprised when I came in today.  I have a bunch of new friends here, and by “a bunch” I mean 15!  15 feline friends have joined me here at the Orlando Cat Café and we are having some fun!

I’m a little embarrassed that I missed the Opening Day festivities — reporters from WESH, The Orlando Sentinel, Attractions Magazine, WFTV, FOX, The Daily Commercial, and few others were all here, and hob nobbing with those folks would have probably helped my professional street cred, but they did a great job covering the opening!

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I missed the Opening Day Cake which is sad because I LOVE cake! The pawprints on the side are so cute!

Oh…and remember those boxes I wrote about before?  Well….I was right, they did have some fun stuff in them!  We have some really nice toys and comfy places to sleep and ultra swanky kitty trees and other fun apparatus to play on.  I’m told this came from a place called CatsPlay, Cat Furniture Superstore (www.CatsPlay.com).  We all love it!

Here’s a picture of my newest friend, Yin, having some fun!

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My newest friend Yin posing on the steps from CatsPlay Furniture!

We’ve met some super nice people who have travelled from near and far to visit with us and we are all looking forward to meeting many more nice folks!  Someone even sent these adorable flowers with a likeness of me, Jean Luc..made out of FLOWERS!

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That’s me – made out of flowers!

If you haven’t come to visit us yet, now is the time!  Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as my new cat friends are extremely popular!  You can make them on our website – www.orlandocatcafe.com.

The Orlando Cat Café – where the cool cats hang out!




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Our New Kids Time Blocks!

The Orlando Cat Cafe prides itself on those three words:- the amazing community of Orlando, finding each wonderful cat his/her forever home, and providing a cozy cafe & coffeehouse to enjoy. We want to ensure that everyone who visits us, even our youngest guests, have a positive experience.

On our end, we know that kittens and cats are fragile. They are tiny and can be easily over looked by young children. This is dangerous for both the child and the feline as young children can easily trip and fall over them. Children are naturally exuberant, this is a lovely quality of youth! However, if you are a cat lover, you know that felines prefer slow movements, soft voices and a gentle touch. When kitties get stressed they are very unhappy and become ill or act out to protect themselves.

Children, just like kittens and cats, go through different socialization and developmental stages. For example, children 3-4 years of age are still learning impulse control. Sudden outbursts, or impulsive grabs at a pet might frighten them and cause an adverse, frightened response. Between ages 5-7, children learn empathy and are better equipped to treat cats properly. Sadly, if kittens and cats have negative experiences with children during their socialization period, they can develop a lifelong fear of small children. Likewise, if a child has a negative experience with a kitten or cat, they can also develop the same type of fear.

Child and Cat|Orlando Cat Cafe

One of Our Young Guests Interacting with a New Feline Friend

We believe we’ve found a beautiful solution to ensuring that both children and cats have a more successful interaction. We’ve instituted “Kids Time’ blocks where children under the age of 12 can separately visit with the cats while enjoying structured activities such as crafts, pet education, reading time, and family coloring time. During these blocks, children will come together as a group and enjoy an hour of entertainment within the cat play area. Parents will need to accompany their child during these sessions.  The children will be supervised by the staff and volunteers of The Animal League. No other adults will be allowed during Kids Time. During Family Coloring Time, parents and children work together in the cat play area creating their masterpieces.

All other blocks of time will be for older children (12 and up) and adults. We believe this will help everyone enjoy their time at the cafe more and not only encourage a better interaction with the adoptable cats, but also a safer and more stable environment for all.

Interested in booking for our New Kid’s Time?  Just click here



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More Activity Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

Orlando Cat Cafe

All I can say is “WOW”!  I mean “MEOW” but if I say it just right it sounds more like “WOW”!

There is so much happening at the Orlando Cat Café, not even I can keep track of it all!  Remember not too long ago I blogged about nap time?  Ah, those kitten days….  These days I don’t have time to take ANY nap, much less an early afternoon, mid afternoon AND late afternoon nap.  I’m talking NO naps because there is SO much going on here.

I had thought that once Kalos cleared out (which they have pretty much done) then I would have the whole place to myself and it would be quiet finally (that drilling was really getting to me) but since they left, we’ve had a whole host of people coming and going and going and coming.  Alarm people, phone people, equipment people, artist people, office people.  The list goes on and on.  No sooner does 1 person leave before another 1 (or 2 or 3) come in!  How’s a cat supposed to get any rest?

I am a reporter though, and as such, it is my responsibility to report (and not to just complain) and so, I am happy to report that in all of this coming and going, some good stuff is happening!

I am not all that much interested in phones and internet (although I do like to play games on my iPad) but all of these food bowls have been set up, which is very interesting and leads me to believe that I am going to get some company pretty soon!  It’s more food that I can eat by myself!

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It’s like a buffet!

Another sign that I am getting company pretty soon — Litterbox Row!  I don’t mind sharing, however, I’ve chosen the middle one for myself!


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We don’t need a lot of privacy — obviously!

This cute decorative item arrived yesterday!


And this kitty tree (I have it on good authority that many more fun things will be arriving in the next couple of days)!


Super fun!

Getting close!

Keep reading my blog for the latest on our Grand Opening — which is going to be soon — VERY SOON!




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Jean Luc Sings West Side Story

Orlando Cat Cafe|Box

I love musicals! You would think that I would only love the musical CATS, which of course I do, but I love all musicals, particularly West Side Story. This week I was singing these words –

Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

I have been singing this song, because boxes – and mean BOXES – of stuff have been arriving at the Orlando Cat Café. Before the boxes contained boring things, like insulation, but these new boxes are from fun places — places like Amazon and Cat’s Play Furniture and PETCO.  One box is marked “Cat Café – PC and Toy”.  I think this box may contain a Personal Computer and a Toy!  There are other boxes too — one that shows a Cat Tree — another one has something called a “Ripple Rug”.  I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds like fun.

Orlando Cat Cafe|Box

I think this box has a toy!

I’m having tons of fun playing on and around the boxes, but I have a feeling that I going to have even more fun once these boxes get opened.  I’m getting VERY excited!  I heard that this little girl, by the name of Bella Luna, is going to be joining me here pretty soon, so I will have some company.

Orlando Cat Cafe|Bella Luna

This is Bella Luna. She will be joining me soon (unless she is adopted before she gets here!)

My friend Keith, from Kalos Construction is getting ready to pack up, and while I am sad to see him go (he really is very good at playing Hide and Go Seek) it means that construction is almost finished, and if construction is almost finished, then we will be opening soon!

Orlando Cat Cafe|Boxes

These are just some of the boxes that have been delivered this week!

Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

Orlando Cat Café.  Coming Soon!   Gonna be Great!



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Jean Luc of All Trades

Sometimes it’s hard being me.

Cat…Construction Worker….Blogger…Reporter….Official Mascot of the Orlando Cat Café. So many roles to juggle.

I am by NO means complaining. I really LOVE all my jobs, but sometimes it gets hard doing so much – especially in the heat of the Summer when all I want to do is nap…and drink water.

It has been another busy and exciting week at The Orlando Cat Café. The word on the street (and in the café) is that Opening Day is FAST approaching. I am not at liberty to divulge an exact date, mostly because no one has told me, but I think it’s going to be soon!

A lot has happened this week. The walls got a fresh coat of paint, cabinets have begun to arrive (excellent hiding places for my weekly game of Hide and Go Seek with my friend Keith) and even some new lighting fixtures got installed. Also, we got a new floor in the Cat Play Area — polished concrete which makes running after my toys a lot more fun (the floor is shiny and just a little slippery). And, perhaps the most exciting part, for me anyway, is the installation of my own little door. Now by “my own” I mean it’s for me and for all my kitty cat friends at the Orlando Cat Café. The door leads from the Cat Play Area to our own little “secret area” where we can go to eat, drink and do some other “private” business that I would prefer not to blog about. It’s for Cats Only, although we will probably let our human friends from the Animal League back there sometimes so that they can fill up those food bowls!

I do have a few pictures to share this week —

Orlando Cat Cafe|Kitty Door

Here’s me “testing out” the new Kitty Door to our “Secret Area!”

And here is a picture of me helping to install the cabinets…

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This drill is heavier than it looks — it’s a “2 paw” job!

Not all my “work” is construction related — sometimes I have to do paperwork too, like paying bills!

Gotta pay the bills!

Gotta pay the bills!

And here is a picture of new napping space in the newly installed cabinet!

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A good Hide and Go Seek spot as well as a good napping spot!

Tune in next week for another exciting update! We can’t wait for you to visit us!

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I’m Back!

Jean Luc, intrepid Cat Reporter and Mascot of The Orlando Cat Café, back with a construction update!

I’m back! As you may recall, I was temporarily banished last week while some wall texturizing was going on. Also during this time the ceiling was painted…black. I’m pretty much pure white and so, in retrospect, it was probably a good idea that I was not inside at that time.

Anyhoo, all that it is done now, and so this week I came back with all my tools including this rather large jug of refreshments (I had help bringing it in). Some of my fellow construction workers bring water or Gatorade with them, but I like me a cool drink of milk during the day. It’s refreshing, filling, full of protein, and really helps calm my stomach for my afternoon nap.

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Here is my thermos of cool and refreshing milk!

There was a little bit of “downtime” this week while we were waiting on some materials (we can’t stay busy the entire day) so I decided to have a little fun and play Hide and Go Seek with my friend Keith from Kalos – the guys who are doing most of the actual “work”

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Helping Keith cover his eyes while he counts to 10

Then it was my turn to hide! I chose to hide in the a/c duct work. Genius! They didn’t find me for hours! Hmmm….now that I am thinking about it, I wonder if they actually tried to find me…..

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Hiding in the a/c ductwork! Genius!

Things are really taking shape at The Orlando Cat Café, and we are going be open very soon! Tune in next week for another construction update. In the meantime, continue to follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information on our Grand Opening!

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Construction Update – Banished!

Jean Luc’s feelings are hurt!

I have been temporarily BANISHED from the Orlando Cat Café. And I’m the SpokesCat!

I reported for “work” after the Fourth of July holiday and I was summoned by the Project Manager and told that my services were not needed this week. And then I was told to leave. Actually, I wasn’t so much told to leave, but rather picked up and put outside!

Turns out that the drywall is now up, separating all the rooms, which makes it impossible to hide anywhere and this week they sprayed some sort of texturizing stuff on the walls prior to painting.

The Project Supervisor felt it best that I not be in the space while that was happening. Maybe he was just being nice and didn’t want me breathing that stuff into my feline lungs, as I do not have tiny face mask in my toolbox. They are very hard to find with holes cut out for whiskers.

I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, but it turns out that the Project Supervisor also left while this was happening (sorry Keith).

I suggested that we head over to Simka’s Sweets and share a cone while this work was going on but he claimed he had “other work to do”. Whatever…

So…Jean Luc has no construction pictures to share this week, although construction is still going on. This is my only picture — me trying to get back in!

Orlando Cat Cafe

Here’s me trying to get back and being (temporarily) BANISHED!

I have it on good authority that painting begins next week. Anyone with a cat knows that we make the BEST painters, so I am confident that I will be back “in” next week to help with that process and I will have the pictures to prove it!

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