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Jean Luc Gives Thanks

We are thankful for mew!
It’s November! For me, November used to mean one thing and one thing only – GRAVY. I LOVE turkey but I really LOVE turkey gravy. Those of you that have been reading this column for some time know about my love of all things gravy and November is usually the time that I devote my entire column to it.

But this year has been too serious to devote my column to gravy and so I thought I would instead focus on giving thanks and expressing gratitude, which is apparently another tradition of Thanksgiving (who knew?).

I have many, many things to be grateful for this year.  Here is just a sampling:

  • In 2020, we celebrated the 700th, 800th, 900th and even our 1,000th adoption at Orlando Cat Café.  I am very thankful for all the adopters out there that have opened their hearts and homes to our kitties.
  • I am thankful that we welcomed our 70,000th visitor to Orlando Cat Café.
  • I am humbled and grateful to have my own Plush Doll.
  • I am grateful that we set new records this year for kitty adoptions – 61 adoptions in the month of August!
  • I am also humbled that Lake County Florida awarded us our own “Official Day” on September 8th marking our 4th Anniversary.
  • I am thankful that after being closed for over 4 months, we were able to open in a new and safe way and that our wonderful guests have embraced these changes which are designed to keep everyone safe!
  • I am grateful to see our terrific yoga teachers Cyndi and Rick back and in-person as I love a good stretch.
  • I am thankful to all of our guests who visit, tell their friends about us, post on social media and send us donations of food, toys, beds and litter.
  • I am thankful and grateful to SPCA Florida and Minch Coffee Company for being such purr-fect partners and to Regina and Stefanie who manage all of our social media accounts.
  • I am also thankful and grateful to Heather who cares for us every day (and empties our litter pans!) and Paola who makes sure we are in tip top medical condition and to ALL the volunteers from SPCA who do everything to make the Orlando Cat Café everything that it is.
  • And lastly, to Jessica, who makes sure that everything runs smoothly every day.

On behalf of people and cats at The Orlando Cat Café , THANK YOU And Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving (and don’t forget the gravy!!).

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In-Person Yoga is BACK on October 24th

In Person Yoga is Back!

IN-PERSON YOGA IS BACK ON OCTOBER 24TH!

Join Yoga Instructor Cyndi Staudt for an ‘all levels’ yoga class on Saturday, October24th at 9:30 am or with Yoga Instructor Rick Burke on November 14th. In this one hour class we will stretch, flow, breathe and relax as we hit the reset button on our physical and mental well-being. Reserve your spot on our reservations page. Class is $20, plus tax.

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Jean Luc Interviews Heather

Photo of Heather

This month, I interviewed our newest Team Member, Heather E., on all things Cat Café.  Here is a portion of my interview:

JL: Hi Heather and thank you for taking the time to talk to me.

HE: It’s really my pleasure!

JL: How long have you been with the Orlando Cat Café?

HE: Just 3 months, I started in July.

JL: That’s when we reopened with a lot more policies and procedures to keep everyone safe, including temperature taking.  Did you know that we take our guests temperature differently than we take the cat’s temperature?

HE: Uh…yeah…I did know that…

JL: Well that’s good. What made you interested in working at The Orlando Cat Café?

HE: My love for cats. I have always been one for cats, since I was a baby.

JL: Well that’s something that we have in common!  I was a baby once too.  You should see my kitten pictures – they are absolutely adorable!

HE: I bet you were.

JL: What do you enjoy the most about your job?

HE: Learning each of the cat’s personality and finding their purrf-fect match! That is what I LOVE the most.

JL: Yes – I can understand that. We all have unique personalities. Do you think it’s time for lunch yet?

HE: No, I don’t. It’s only 8:10 a.m. You just had breakfast.

JL: OK. Maybe in a little while then. Where was I…oh yeah, lunchtime.

HE: No, it’s not lunchtime yet. Shouldn’t we finish the interview?

JL:  OK. What do you enjoy the least about your job?

HE: Watching my favorite kitties leave. All for selfish reasons, because it really is a wonderful thing to have them going to their fur-ever home.

JL: I can relate to that. Good news is that you will always have me!

HE: That is good news!

JL: Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the animal welfare arena?

HE: Understand that animals get sick and it’s hard to see that, but their recovery is blissful. People may tell you there are still cats without homes and on the streets, however the work you do does make an impact to the community, always !

JL: You know what else is true. Cats sometimes get hungry. That’s kind of sad too…What do you like to do outside of work?

HE: Usually some sort of project or craft. Currently planning my wedding for the end of the year.

JL:  Oooooh! A wedding. Very exciting. Looking forward to attending. Will you be serving fish by chance?

HE: The menu has not been finalized yet. Or the guest list…

JL: I understand. Last question – do you have any pets of your own?

HE: I have three kitties at home. All around the same age, 3 years old. Their names are Refrigerator, Beatrice, and Lil’ Baby. All of which are my world!

JL: Speaking of refrigerators…

HE: No. Not yet.

JL: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. On behalf of all of us here we are thrilled that you are part of the team!

~Jean Luc

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Enter Our Zoom Yoga Contest

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And stretch!!! Yoga is an amazing way to stretch and feel great! Show us a photo of your cat’s best stretch for a chance to win a FREE entry to our October 10th Zoom Yoga class! Deadline is October 7th. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 8th!

1) Like/Follow the Orlando Cat Café Facebook and/or Instagram page.

2) On Facebook, post one photo of your cat doing his/her best stretch to win. Enter as many times as you’d like, with separate comments. In Instagram, tag your photo with #OCCZoomYoga.

Contest ends October 7th EST and the randomly chosen winner and friend will be announced on or about October 8th. This promotion is open worldwide and is not sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

 

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, FL, USA 34714, (504) 309-4454, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes limited to the Continental US. Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

TIMING: Sweepstakes begins at the Start of Day (CST) on October 1, 2020 and continues until the End of Day (EST) on October 7, 2020. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (EST) on October 7th to be eligible.

ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Facebook, Entrant must “like” the Orlando Cat Café page, post one photo of your cat doing his/her best stretch to win. Enter as many times as you’d like, with separate comments. On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Instagram account, enter a valid #OCCZOOMYOGA on the applicable Instagram post. Entrant can submit multiple entries. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Instagram, 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.

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$5+tax. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and can only be used for the October Zoom Yoga class. No extension will be given after the prize has expired. If winner is unable to redeem class 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.

DRAWING: The winning selection will be announced on or about October 8, 2020. Winning is contingent upon compliance with all terms and conditions set forth in these official rules.

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.

RELEASE: By participating in the Sweepstakes 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.

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 and Instagram.

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Help us celebrate 4 years of saving lives!

4 Years Celebration Flyer

While we can’t celebrate in person this year, we invite visitors to bring a donation from the SPCA Florida wish list anytime between September 5th – 8th and they will receive a pass to return for free another day. Additionally, on Official Cat Café Day, September 8th, visitors will receive $4 admission all day long! Make your reservation here!

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We’re Back!

OCC has reopened!

Hello fur friends!

 

The food dishes have been filled, comfy beds are out and the Cat Play Area is packed with the pitter patter of paws of again!  It’s been a looooong four months, but we are back open!  While it might look and feel a little different, our mission is the same, to facilitate Purff-fect Matches for our kitties and their prospective families.

 

And boy and boy what a first week we had!  Hectic to say the least – new policies and procedures in place to keep everyone (human and kitty) safe and sound – but I am beyond thrilled to report that 12 of our furry friends found their forever homes in the first few days of being re-open!  How great is that?  In addition to all of those adoptions, I am happy to report that 13 of our kitty friends were adopted by their foster families during their “Spring Break Vacation”.

 

This has been a most stressful time for everyone but if we can provide a little comfort, perhaps with a cuddly kitten and delicious cup of coffee then we are happy to welcome you back!

 

Stay safe everyone!

 

~Jean Luc

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The Road to Re-Opening

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Where did everyone go? I just woke up from a very long nap and there is no one here. No guests. No kitties. No nice people taking care of us. Everyone is gone!

 

As many of you know, and as I just recently found out, we have a very serious situation here in Florida, and all through the world, with Coronavirus.

 

Orlando Cat Café temporarily closed our Kitty Play Area on March 20th per (purr) Governor DeSantis’s order and while technically we could have opened back up with limited capacity, we have not yet done so. Over the last many, many weeks, we, like most businesses have been working on a new set of policies of procedures to keep both our Team Members and our Guests safe. We had planned to reduce the occupancy of the Cat Play Area from 20 to 10 guests to adhere to social distancing, and were of course, requiring face coverings for everyone, Team Members and Guests alike. We even had new procedures for kitty toys to avoid any potential cross contamination.

 

We were all set to reopen on Monday, July 6th and even had a member of the United States Congress coming out to pay us a visit that day, however, in light of the horrific numbers coming out of the State of Florida over the last 7 days or so, we have decided it would be irresponsible to re-open at this time and so we will remain closed for at least another couple of weeks.

 

We are, of course, disappointed, but we also feel a sense a responsibility not only to our Team Members and Guests but also to the general public at large and must also do what we feel is right. While we have been working hard to institute new policies and procedures to keep everyone safe, we now find ourselves grappling with re-opening at a time when Coronavirus infections are skyrocketing and sending out a message to the public to “come out and play with cats” when that might not be the safest thing to do right now.

 

We are the first Cat Café to open in the State of Florida, and also one of the most successful in the country in terms of both our adoption rate and number of guests that have visited. At the time we had to temporarily close we had adopted 820 cats and kittens to their forever homes. The Orlando Cat Café is a valuable partner to SPCA Florida both in terms of revenue (100% of adoption fees go directly to SPCA Florida) and also in terms of reducing the cat and kitten population that are currently housed in the shelter.

 

And so, like many other business, we are in the process of “pivoting”. We will be re-opening soon, however, when we do and for the foreseeable future we will be asking our guests to come visit us ONLY if you are seriously interested in adopting. We will be enforcing an “appointment only” policy so as to reduce the number of guests in and out during the day. Normally we love to have our guests come in and play and cuddle us with us, but now that find ourselves in middle of surging infections, we will be making some changes for the protection of everyone – Team Members, Guests and yes…even the kitties.

 

We are confident that eventually things will return to “normal” but for now, we are choosing to remain closed to do our part, however small, to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

 

On behalf of everyone at the Orlando Cat Café. We thank you for your incredible loyalty and support and we can’t wait to see you again soon.

 

Stay safe,

Jean Luc

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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month! Check out the great information below from our friends over at SPCA Florida! And stop by our online shop as we have discounted our Pet First Aid Kits to $20 (plus shipping). These kits are full of great items you and your pet may need in times of emergency! Click HERE to purchase yours today! 


April is pet first aid awareness month, a great time to develop a plan and gather essentials in case you and your pet face an emergency or natural disaster. It’s much easier to think clearly before an emergency situation, so take time now to create a plan and get together your pet first aid kit.

Planning Ahead
Keep your veterinarian’s contact information in an easy to find location and be sure to include an after hours clinic if your vet doesn’t have emergency hours. Before administering any first aid to your pet, be sure to call your vet or an emergency vet. Nothing takes the place of skilled pet care, but there are a few tips that may help if your pet has an accident.

First Aid Tips
If your pet ingests a toxin or poison hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting. Again it’s important to consult your vet before taking first aid into your own hands. Allergic reaction to a bug bite? Oral Diphenhydramine (like Benadryl) can be given, but again your vet should advise on the amount as it may vary depending on your pet’s size. Find out what other items you should have in your pet first aid kit.

Proactively Protect Your Four-legged Family Member: Pet-proof Your Home
From licking up antifreeze in the garage to nibbling on the azaleas blooming in your spring flowerbed, many common items are tempting but toxic for pets. Avoid the stress of a sick or injured pet and expensive emergency vet trip. Protect your pet from poisons and other dangers like electrical cords or open doors and windows where they can escape.

Knowing you are prepared can help you remain calm should your pet face an emergency situation. Your quick, calm action may help save your pet’s life.

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JL Blog: An Interview with Volunteer, Sara!

Cat Cafe Volunteer Sara

This month, Jean Luc sat down with SPCA Florida Volunteer Sara C. to talk about what it’s like volunteering at Orlando Cat Café through SPCA Florida.

JL:  Hi Sara and thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Do you mind if I keep my back to you for some of the time, so that it appears that I am ignoring you?

SC:  Hi Jean Luc and yes, it would be an honor to have you pretend to ignore me.

JL:  How long have you been a volunteer with the Orlando Cat Café?

SC: I’ve been volunteering at the Orlando Cat Cafe since July 2018. It has been a pawsitively wonderful experience!

JL:  I can totally understand that! What do you enjoy the most about your job?

SC:  Getting to see our cats and kittens find furever homes! I also enjoy meeting cat lovers from all over the world. I’ve met lots of folks from the U.K. (they certainly love their cats), as well as Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico and many others.  #CatsWithoutBorders

JL:  I love to ignore people from all over the world, too!  What do you enjoy the least about your job?

SC:  It’s sometimes difficult to manage young children who can’t wait to run and grab every cat or kitten they see (some are wonderful with the cats, but others not so much…).

JL:  Yup…I’ve experienced that myself!  And thanks for not saying “litter pans” because everyone says litter pans, but you know what, a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do.  Do you know what I mean?

SC:  Absolutely!

JL:  Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the animal welfare arena?

SC:  Always be willing to help wherever needed. There are a lot of tasks that need to be done to make the Orlando Cat Cafe successful.  Also, remember the importance of great customer service. Being pleasant – even when reviewing the ‘rules’ with guests – is critical to making our visitors have a meowvelous experience. A smile and conversation go a long way.

JL:  When you say there are a lot of tasks that need to be done, you’re talking about litter pans, aren’t you?

SC:  I am afraid I am.

JL:  What do you like to do outside of work?

SC: I enjoy art (especially cat art) of any kind. I also enjoy sewing and doing crafts, reading and going on walks.

JL:  I enjoy walking ON sewing and also walking on arts and craft so we should definitely hang out sometime!

SC:  I would love that!

JL:  Last question before I let you go — Do you have any pets of your own?

SC:  Yes! I have two sweet kitties – Maya and Lily. They are both girls and both 8 years old. They were born in California, but ‘retired’ with my husband and me four years ago when we moved to Florida. They are definitely sun-loving cats with unique purrsonalities – love them!

JL:  Thank you so much Sara and thank you for doing all that you do for all the kitties at The Orlando Cat Café!

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Love is in the Air (and in the gravy!)

Human Love Versus Cat Love

It’s February and by the looks of the displays in almost every store, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  With an entire day devoted to love, I felt I should devote my monthly column to the same topic – specifically how Cat Love is different from Human Love.

We begin with a story. A good friend of mine (we’ll call him Connor because that’s actually his name), told me a story about how his human mom was about to feed him, but tripped and went flying across the room and ended up in a bloody heap (don’t worry – the human is totally fine now). After she cleaned herself up she lamented to Connor about how he didn’t really seem to care or “love” her, and didn’t seem too concerned about her injuries, but was more worried about the food situation (remember she stumbled while in the sacred time of feeding him).  Connor and I had a pretty good laugh about this because apparently the fall was EPIC (like, YouTube worthy) and because the human thought Connor didn’t love her as much as he did the food. The story is funny because it’s true. Of course, he cared more about the food!

You see – human love and cat love are very different in both how we experience it and how we show it.  There are three things I love in this world – 1) turkey gravy (see my November column for more information) and 2) French Fries (my mother loved them so much she gave me a French name!) and 3) pretty much every other food. You’ve heard of people who cook because “food is love”? I eat because I love food!

Humans play pretty fast and loose with the “love” word.  I hear this all the time:
“I love the music from Aladdin.”
“I love my children.”
“I love the new red sweater I just bought.”

Cats love food.  We might “like” things including the music from Aladdin (I do like to sing show tunes), and your children (provided they offer me treats), and your new red sweater (it is super comfy to lay on), but we don’t necessarily love any of those things, including you.
You may think that when we snuggle up next to you to sleep or meow to be picked up or sit on your lap that we are expressing our love, but those are simply signs of affection, which is not the equivalent of love.

I have demonstrated this using a Venn Diagram above. Notice how the circles do not overlap. This is because human love has nothing in common with cat love, except when it comes to food.  When you look at it is really simple and extremely relatable!

And so Connor’s mom, and everyone else out there – there you have it – Jean Luc has answered the question that has plagued humankind for years. Do we “love” you?  The answer is “no”. We are extremely fond of you. We like you a lot. We are affectionate towards you. But we love food, and only food.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Jean Luc Rings in 2020!

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2020! A new year! A fresh start! I have been hearing a lot lately about New Year’s Resolutions, which is apparently a “thing” that people do at the beginning of the New Year. Something about taking stock and starting the new year fresh – replacing bad habits with good habits. Most of the comments I hear have to do with people’s weight, but sometimes it’s hard to hear since they have a muffin in their mouths. Personally, I like a big lap to sit on and a big soft tummy to make biscuits on is even more pleasant.

Anyway, since I am a cat, and therefore, perfect in every way, I didn’t think I could partake in this New Year’s activity, but upon further reflection, I have come up with a few things that maybe I could improve upon. Maybe.

 

Resolution #1 – Scratching Post
I know that the dining room rug is not a horizontal scratching post. I really do know this, but it is SO tempting to use it. First of all, it’s so big and roomy and I can use a different piece of it every day. Also, the material is so pleasing to my paws. Yet…I know that my scratching posts are mostly vertical and that the stretch is good for me. And you’ve put them all over the house – even next to the dining room rug. I’m going to try…really try…and not to use the rug anymore. At least while you are looking. Maybe just at night while you are sleeping…

 

Resolution #2 – Coming When Called
Did you know that cats have superior hearing? It’s true – a cats’ sense of hearing is remarkably superior to that of humans. This means that we can hear sounds you can’t hear on both ends of the spectrum, particularly the higher end. Like a mouse. Or a can opener. Or that “pop” that the can makes when you open it. Cats’ ears are uniquely designed to draw sound into the ear canal, which enables us to hear sounds well. So…what I’m trying to say is that I CAN hear you when you call me. I just choose not to come. I don’t really know why. Sometimes I’m napping. Sometimes I’m just comfortable where I am. But mostly, I just don’t feel like it. Kind of like you when you answer, “What?” when someone calls you and you don’t feel like getting off the couch. We’ve all been there, but I’m “there” pretty much every day of the year. This year, I’m really going to work on coming when called. Even if there is no cookie reward. And if not sleeping. Or really comfortable where I am. Or just don’t feel like it.

 

Resolution #3 – Litterbox Habits
This is a delicate subject and I will tell you that I have never had a litterbox “accident” which is something that I’m proud of. That being said, there are some litterbox habits which perhaps I can improve on. Sometimes I get really excited about the digging part and I dig and I dig and I dig and I dig, like I’m getting ready to poop in China! All the way to the bottom of the box, until there is not a speck of litter there…because by the time I’m done it’s all outside the box. I guess I can be a little overzealous sometimes and this behavior could be toned down a bit. It does a make big mess and I probably don’t have to step in the giant Mount Litterbox that is now outside the box and then track that all around the house. This is something that I can definitely work on and will beginning with my first poop of the New Year (too much information?).

 

Resolution #4 – Sharing
Admittedly, sharing is not my strong suit. Not when it comes to food. Or toys. Or food. Or your favorite sweater that I like to lay on (you have others). Or food. Or your lap. Or food. Or the box I am sitting in. Or food. I’ve always followed my own version of the Golden Rule, which I have re-interpreted from, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them to Unto You”, to be more like, “What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine. Mine. All Mine.” So sharing is something that I can work on this year – except when it comes to your sweater. And food.

 

Speaking of fresh starts (as I did at the beginning of this column), if you haven’t been in to see me lately, come on in. The Kitty Playroom has undergone a major renovation with new paint, a new kitten cabana (replacing the kitten tent) and all sorts of new swag from t-shirts to hoodies to tank tops and of course, me in plush form (no home should be without one).

 

On behalf of everyone at Orlando Cat Café, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Jean Luc Gives Thanks at Thanksgiving

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It’s November! For me, November used to mean one thing and one thing only – GRAVY! I LOVE turkey but I really LOVE turkey gravy. Those of you that have been reading this column for some time know about my love of all things gravy and November is usually the time that I devote my entire column to it.

But this year has been a momentous one for the Orlando Cat Café and so, I thought I would devote this column to giving thanks and expressing gratitude, which is apparently another tradition of Thanksgiving (who knew?).

I have many, many things to be grateful for this year. Here is just a sampling:

• In 2019 we celebrated the 400th, 500th and yes, even 600th adoption at Orlando Cat Café (and we are getting very close to celebrating the 700th). I am very thankful for all the adopters out there that have opened their hearts and homes to our kitties.
• I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the many media outlets that covered us this year from Visit Orlando (Buzzworthy Coffee Shops), Pulptown (Best Places to Self Love), Orlando Weekly (Lose yourself in a day trip to the quaint Clermont), Orlando Date Night Guide (Orlando City Guide, Best Things to do in Clermont), ClickOrlando.com (Unique Orlando Bars and Restaurants), WFTV ABC News Orlando (Locals Only: Painting and Palettes Class), Telemundo (Clear the Shelters), YOGA Magazine (Cover Story – Yoga with Cats), Allison Walker Torres (On the Town: 5 Things to Know About the Orlando Cat Cafe), Lola the Rescue Kitty Blog, and Unique Eats and Eateries of Orlando for including us.
• I am thankful that we welcomed our 60,000th visitor as well as our 10,000th Facebook Check In.
• Gratitude abounds to Sweet Tomatoes on Hwy 192 in Kissimmee who partnered with us for the entire month of June to promote Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.
• I am grateful to Caroline Kellam from Pawsitive Strides Pet Sitters for teaching important lifesaving skills for cats (and yes, dogs too) in our 2-day Pet First Aid and CPR Class.
• I am humbled and grateful to have my own Plush Doll (click here to purchase online!).
• I am grateful that we set new records this year for kitty adoptions – 14 adoptions in one day during our Mega Adoption Event and 15 cats in one week in July.
• I am also humbled that Lake County Florida awarded us our own “Official Day” on September 8th marking our 3rd anniversary. Thank you South Lake Tablet for covering our proclamation!
• I am thankful to all of our guests who visit, tell their friends about us, post on social media and send us donations of food, toys, beds and litter. I am grateful for friends like Lilli K. who matched the adoption fees for my friends Poochie, Nunu and Reeces and for Eric D. who made a $400 donation to the SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Fund during their Black Cat Special Event.
• I am thankful and grateful to SPCA Florida and Axum Coffee for being such purr-fect partners and to Regina and Stefanie who manage all of our social media accounts.
• I am also thankful and grateful to Kim who cares for us every day (and empties our litter pans!) and Paola who makes sure we are in tip top medical condition and to ALL the volunteers from SPCA Florida who do everything to make the Orlando Cat Café everything that it.
• And lastly, to Jessica, who makes sure that everything runs smoothly every day.

On behalf of people and cats at The Orlando Cat Café, THANK YOU and have a wonderful Thanksgiving season (and don’t forget the gravy)!

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Thankful Thursday Sweeps

Win swag for you and a friend with the Orlando Cat Cafe sweepstakes!

It’s the season of appreciation! As a thank you for following us and supporting the Orlando Cat Cafe, you AND a friend will each win your choice of any wearable or plush product in our online shop! You can grab your fave tee, hoodie, kitty-inspired cap, tank top, or even your own Jean Luc plush! To win:

1) Follow @orlandocatcafe on our Instagram page.
2) Like the photo.
3) In one comment, tag ONE friend who’d love to win with you. Enter as many times as you’d like, with separate comments.

Contest ends November 10th EST and the randomly chosen winner and friend will be announced on or about November 11th. This promotion is open worldwide and is not sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Instagram. Click the bio link for complete sweepstakes rules.

OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. SPONSORS: This promotion (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Orlando Cat Cafe, 532 Cagan Park Avenue, Clermont, FL, USA 34714, (504) 309-4454, www.orlandocatcafe.com (the “Sponsor”), subject to the following terms and conditions.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes limited to the Continental US. Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

3. TIMING: Sweepstakes begins at the Start of Day (CST) on November 7, 2019 and continues until the End of Day (EST) on November 10, 2019. Online entries must be received by the End of Day (EST) on November 10, 2019 to be eligible.

4. ENTRY PERIOD: HOW TO ENTER: On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend. Entrant can submit multiple entries. Entries become the property of the Sponsor, not Instagram, 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$30. 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 November 11, 2019. 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 Sweepstakes 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 and Instagram.

ABOUT THE THANKFUL THURSDAY SWEEPSTAKES

The Instagram sweepstakes is open worldwide.

SWEEPSTAKES INSTRUCTIONS
On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend. Entrant can submit one entry per site between November 7-10, 2019.

PRIZE DETAILS
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$30 and includes a chosen Orlando Cat Café wearable item or plush, and shipping if applicable.

SWEEPSTAKES STARTS
November 7, 2019

SWEEPSTAKES ENDS
November 10, 2019. Winners will be announced here on or around November 11, 2019.

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
On Instagram, Entrant must “Follow” the Orlando Cat Cafe Instagram account, enter a valid comment on the applicable Instagram post, and tag a friend. All other entries will be disqualified. This Sweepstakes is open worldwide.

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Interview with Volunteer Chris

Interview with Volunteer Chris

This month Jean Luc sat down with long time SPCA Volunteer Chris S. to talk about cats, volunteering, and the joys of scooping litter.JL:  Hi Chris – it’s so nice to see you again!

CS:  Hi Jean Luc, you are looking well and it’s a pleasure to be doing this interview with you.

JL:  Do you mind if I sit on this chair and you can sit on the floor?

CS:  Sure…that would be ok.

JL:  So you were involved with the Orlando Cat Café since before we were officially open! I remember seeing you when I was just an intrepid reporter!

CS:  That’s right!  I was involved with the initial set up and opening of the Café and have been here since opening day in September 2016.

JL:  You really don’t look a day older than you did back in 2015 when we first met! I think that working with cats keep people young! What are your duties as a volunteer?

CS:  As a volunteer I welcome visitors to the Café’s Cat Play Area and I also assist with cat care and socialization of the cats.

JL:  It sounds like a lot of fun! What’s your favorite part of being a volunteer?

CS: I enjoy being around the cats and meeting guests from all over Florida and really all over the country as well as guests from so many foreign countries that visit the Café. I also like to see so many adoptions and cats finding their fur-ever homes. I really love it when someone comes in and isn’t necessarily planning to adopt and then falls in love with a wonderful feline and they become part of their family. Cats pick their people!

JL:  That is really the truth. One of the greatest cat fallacies is that people are in charge of their cats, when it’s really the other way around. Do you have any advice for people who maybe want to be a volunteer or get involved in animal advocacy?

CS:  Be realistic. Not every cat is going to be a success story. There are chronic illnesses and sometimes a “failure to thrive” with young kittens. It’s sad, but I try to stay focused on the positive and the adoptions. Plus, the fact that our cats have a wonderful, interactive and stimulating environment at the Cafe as they wait for their fur-every homes. Jean Luc…Jean Luc?

JL:  Oh sorry – I was just looking at some new toys that just came in and I got distracted. Where were we?

CS:  Stimulating environment.

JL:  Exactly!  What do you like to do outside of your volunteer work at Orlando Cat Café?

CS:  Outside of my volunteer work at the Café, I enjoy yoga, including Yoga with Cats at Orlando Cat Café, reading, photography, walks in nature, and traveling with my husband and best friend. I am retired now and am really enjoying this chapter of my life.

JL:  Nice! It sounds like all roads lead back to kitties! Do you have a kitty of your own?

CS:  I do! Jake is my tabby cat and is 5 years old. We found him as a result of a “free kitten” sign and he is the best cat ever! I’ve been a cat owner since my early teens and living at home. They bring so much joy and companionship to your life. I can’t imagine not having a cat in my home.

JL:  I think it’s cute that you think you found Jake when in reality it is Jake that you found you! Have Jake’s people call my people and maybe we can do lunch sometime!

CS:  I think he would like that.

JL:  Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and also, thank you for allowing me to sit in this comfortable chair during this interview.

If you are interested in becoming part of the dedicated volunteer at Orlando Cat Café, you can get more information here. Who knows, you may get the chance to be interviewed by Jean Luc himself!

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Local Romance Authors Launch Cat-Themed Book Series

A Witch In Time

ORLANDO, FL – Something new and purr-fectly romantic lands at online bookstores on

September 10—Cat’s Paw Cove Romances. The series of connected books, set in the fictional

town of Cat’s Paw Cove on Florida’s Atlantic coast, was created by multi-published local authors

Catherine Kean and Wynter Daniels.

 

Kean and Daniels co-authored the debut release, a time travel called A Witch in Time. It

will release in eBook, paperback, and audio book. Since Kean and Daniels both adore their cats

adopted from Central Florida rescue organizations, and have a goal to support local feline charities,

a portion of proceeds will be donated to the non-profit SPCA Florida, partner of The Orlando Cat

Café.

 

According to Cat’s Paw Cove’s founding authors, the town is located south of St.

Augustine and is named for the small islands in the harbor, which resemble the pads of a cat’s

paw. Kean and Daniels drew upon Florida history to create a place where anything can happen,

due to time portals on a restored seventeenth-century ship that’s become the Shipwreck Museum,

objects tainted by dark magic in the antique store, resident fortune tellers and witches, and felines

called Sherwood cats (a fictional breed) that are protected by the town and have magical abilities.

 

All of the stories will be romances with a maximum PG-13 heat level. All will include cats.

 

A Witch in Time shows how tightly the past and present are linked in the town. “Catherine

and I have been friends for more than twenty years but had never written a book together before,”

said Daniels, who has written more than three dozen romances, including contemporary, romantic

suspense, and paranormal romance books. “Neither of us was sure how it was going to go, but it

ended up being a really fun project.” Kean, an award-winning Kindle Unlimited All-Star author

who has written more than 20 medieval romances, wrote scenes in the point of view of the British

hero, Colin Wilshire, who is pulled from a violent storm at sea in 1645 to the present day. Daniels

wrote the perspective of the heroine, witch Luna Halpern. The result: a humorous, fast-paced story

involving hidden treasure, Colin’s attempts to return to his time, and the undeniable attraction

between Colin and Luna.

 

Four more books will follow A Witch in Time this fall, including an 8-author holiday

anthology, for a total of five releases in 2019. More than 20 titles will be published in 2020, and the

publication schedule continues to grow to accommodate the stories, many of them parts of

series, that are currently being written by Cat’s Paw Cove’s 13 invitation-only guest authors.

 

“We’re very excited about the future of Cat’s Paw Cove Romances,” Kean says. “We have

USA Today Bestselling authors on our team, as well as up-and-coming women writers getting

their break in the publishing industry with us. We plan for as many of our events to benefit local

non-profit cat rescue organizations as possible. A win-win for all.”


Make a reservation at the Orlando Cat Cafe on November 2nd from 3 – 5 pm at the launch event of the book series, Cat’s Paw Cove Romances. The series of connected books, set in the fictional town of Cat’s Paw Cove on Florida’s Atlantic coast, was created by multi-published local authors Catherine Kean and Wynter Daniels. This event will feature an exciting author panel discussion followed by a book signing. A portion of book sales will be donated to SPCA Florida, partners of the Orlando Cat Cafe.

Event Activities:

3 – 4 pm (On Axum Coffee side): Author Introduction, Q & A session, and “ask whatever writing question you like” panel

4 – 5 pm (In Cat Play Area): Book signing, Tours of the cat room at the Cat Cafe, and raffle baskets (with proceeds to benefit the Orlando Cat Cafe/SPCA)


For more information on Cat’s Paw Cove, visit http://catspawcoveromance.com/

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Celebrate 3 Years of Saving Lives!

Three years of saving lives!

Hip, hip, hooray! Orlando Cat Café turns 3 today! Join us as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary of Saving Lives AND our Official Orlando Cat Café Day on Sunday, September 8th from noon to 2:00 pm!  Raffles, food, refreshments, cats, kittens and FUN! Past adopters receive free admission (please email info@orlandocatcafe.com to make your reservation)!  Guests who bring a donation from our wish list also get in free all day (reservations strongly recommended).

 

*Past adopters: Don’t forget to send a photo of the kitty you adopted to info@orlandocatcafe.com with past name, current name and a update we can feature on our social media!

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Clear the Shelters Event on August 18th

CLEAR THE SHELTERS

On August 17, Orlando Cat Café will participate in the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), a division of NBCUniversal, pet adoption campaign – Clear The Shelters. Cats from SPCA Florida are up for adoption for $40 through the Orlando Cat Café and are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date on their vaccinations.

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Famous Felines: From Shelter to Social Star!

Check out these Cats with Social Media Fame

The Orlando Cat Cafe team and our rescue purrtner, SPCA Florida, pride ourselves in finding the very best forever families for the rescue cats we care for and come to love. Some of these incredible kitties go on to beautiful lives with their families…and online fame! If you’ve visited us and fallen in love with a cat (or three), check the Instagram list below as you may be able to follow their continuing adventures! If you have an Orlando Cat Cafe alumni who has set up their own social account(s), let us know! We’d love to help find them new fans. Purrs!

  • Ariel (shares an account with her fur brother, Buddy
  • Fig (shares an account with her fur family)
  • Willie
  • Ramsey (shares an account with her fur family)
  • Salem (was Hootie)

 

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