Thank you to On Vacation Guide for writing an article called: Orlando Cat Cafe: A Place for Caffeine, Cats and Community. Check it out!
PHOTO CREDIT: SBee Photos
Thank you to On Vacation Guide for writing an article called: Orlando Cat Cafe: A Place for Caffeine, Cats and Community. Check it out!
PHOTO CREDIT: SBee Photos
Would you be interested in winning your very own JEKCA cat? Are you wondering WHAT a JEKCA cat is? JEKCA cat is a lego-style cat that is approximately 1.5′ H x 1.5 L and we have put together some handy points you should know about owning a JEKCA Cat.
JEKCA cat WILL be a good conversation piece. JEKCA cat WON’T leave hair on clean laundry.
JEKCA cat WILL take hours to put together. JEKCA cat WON’T poop outside of the litterbox.
JEKCA cat WILL make friends envious. JEKCA cat WON’T wake you up at 6:00 am wanting breakfast.
We just want to be clear, JEKCA cat WILL take hours of time and extreme patience to put together…
But after all that, who wouldn’t want to WIN a JEKCA CAT?!? But, wait! Now you can! How? It’s as easy as 1-2-no 3, it is just that easy!
BOOM! You’ll be in the running in no time! One random winner will be chosen. Contest ends Thursday, 12/7, and the winner will be announced on Friday, 12/8. Good Luck to all!
It was a great day to get meowied! Thank you South Lake Tablet for covering our story on the 10 year wedding vow renewal of Rebecca and Eli that took place at the Orlando Cat Cafe on October 31st.
Hurricane Irma had other plans for our original One Year Anniversary Celebration but who doesn’t love a good paw-ty?! So we rescheduled! Thank you to our friends at the South Lake Tablet for stopping by our 121 Paw-ty! Click here to read the article.
Jean Luc loves email! This month, I answer some questions that I have received from both our Human Friends as well as Kitty Friends. Since I speak feline fluently, it’s not hard to do!
Q. Dear JL, The Kitties at the Orlando Cat Café have such exotic names. Do you name them all? -Alicia S.
A. Dear Alicia, All our cats are named by our the Animal League and they do so by theme. All the cats that come in on the same intake have themed names (Christmas, Famous Authors, Sports, etc.). When they get a litter, they all get names that start with the same letter. Like the new “Y” kitties who will be joining us soon at the Orlando Cat Café.
Q. Dear JL, My human keeps trying to dress me in an alligator costume for Halloween. I really don’t want to dress up as an alligator, or anything else for that matter. Other than vomiting on the costume, what’s the best way to tell her that I don’t want to participate? – Precious G.
A. Dear Precious, I’m with you. At this time of year, it is important to remind our humans all over the world that we will not tolerate any costume. It isn’t cute or funny, but it is irritating. If you want to give us some extra treats for Halloween, fine, but please – no costumes! Dogs, on the other hand, look hilarious in Halloween costumes. Feel free to wrap them, dress them, put them in doggy make-up, whatever you got to do!
Q. Dear JL, My family is giving serious consideration to getting a kitten. I’ve always been the only cat in the house and I am concerned that I will now have to share my toys, litterbox and most importantly, I will have to fight for my family’s attention. Any advice? – Snowy from Seattle
A. Dear Snowy, I absolutely understand your concern. Kittens are cute, but mostly when they are in other people’s houses. Instead of concentrating on the negatives, think about the positives. You can take all of your experience and teach the new kitten how to best train your family. Remember how long it took you to teach your family how to cater to your every whim? Now it is almost your duty to help the next generation do the same thing. You will now be the elder statescat in your house, and you can use the kitten to do your bidding. As an added bonus, now you have someone to groom your ears, because we all like having our ears groomed. Keep an open mind – you might actually like the little guy!
Q. Dear JL, I am thinking about opening up a Cat Café in Bora Bora and was wondering if you might be able to help me. Do you do consulting work? Regina P.
A. Dear Regina – I am very flattered however my work with The Orlando Cat Café and as Editor of this Newsletter keeps me very busy. Plus, I am bound by contract. And I don’t really like to travel. I do, however, wish you success in your new venture.
One year, 121 adoptions! Come celebrate with us all day on Friday, November 10th for our 121 Adaption Paw-ty! Bring a donation for the kitties — scoopable kitty litter and Purina Complete preferred. Thank mew! Click here to make a reservation.
(*Rescheduled from our original date due to Hurricane Irma.)
If you are seeking Orlando Cat Cafe ~swag~…look no further!
You can now purchase your very own OCC t-shirt, mug, magnet or window cling right from our online retail store! Enjoy Jean Luc, the official Orlando Cat Cafe mascot merchandise with OCC tagline, ‘Where the Cool Cat Hang Out.’ Great gifts for the cat lover in your life!
The phrase “Dog Days of Summer” describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs?
Many people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be sluggish during the hottest days of summer (aren’t we all?), while others say the days are so hot it causes dogs to go mad (how could you tell?). But the name is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.
In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time “dog days.” Thus, the term “Dog Days of Summer” came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun — July 3 to Aug. 11.
All of this science can make me want to take a nap, but it also got me thinking about how cats are shortchanged – they can put a man on the moon but no one can invent some sort of sciency name having to do with a Cat? Not to worry – I am taking it upon myself to declare the purr-iod between February 15th and March 11th the “Cat Days of Winter”. The sciency name will be “Feles Brumalis” which if my Latin is correct (according to Google anyway) means “Cat of the Winter”. I feel smarter already!
This new holiday period, which I just invented, doesn’t have anything to do with science and more to do with stuff that we like and, with those parameters, I suggest “celebrating” this period by doing the 5 things that I enjoy the most:
• Sleeping – Increase your Sleeping Time from 16 hours to 18 hours or more!
• Playing with Random Objects – Shoelaces, Paper Bags, Boxes!
• Pestering People at the Worst Time – Bathroom! Laptop Computer!
• Hiding and NOT Coming When Called – An added benefit is the exercise that your human will get by walking around calling and calling you
• Eating – Extra cookies every day from February 15th to March 11th!
Feles Brumalis is coming soon – we just have to get through these hot days first…
Mulberry’s BACK and filling in as Guest Blogger for Jean Luc
I’m back! After a little bit of an absence, for a teeny tiny tummy issue which has since resolved, I’m now back at the Orlando Cat Cafe, and ready to be adopted by my new forever family.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who asked about me during my absence — your cards, phone calls, texts and emails were much appreciated as well as the several balloon-o-grams I received (ok, just one of those!).
While I was away, I was thinking about something that was told to me when I was a kitten. In the ’80’s, around the time that my Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother’s, Grandmother was alive, Pantene (the shampoo company) had a commercial with the tag line “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful.” As I grew up, my mom told me about that commercial, as her mom told her about it and so on and so on and so on….
The ladies in my family are all beautiful and that goes back for multiple generations. That commercial described us well. But our beauty goes beyond just being skin (in my case fur) deep.
Today I want to talk about looking beyond my good looks, which admittedly will be hard to do, but try. Because, beyond my gorgeous green eyes, luscious white fur, and adorable black splotch on my nose, lies the heart and soul of a feline who wants to do some good in the world — using both my external and internal beauty.
The Animal League has made this easy for me to do! They’ve made me a Sunshine Fund Pet Ambassador, which is like a UNICEF ambassador, but for animals! Broken bones, puppies with parvo, skin diseases, and even tummy troubles, are all part of everyday shelter life. With rising veterinary costs and so many pets in need, a “beautiful” pet, such as myself, can help defray some of these costs, through the Sunshine Fund. My beautiful looks, can help save animals that require extensive and costly veterinary care. External beauty meets internal beauty!
When you adopt me, you help 1) me and 2) a less fortunate pet find our forever homes. As an bonus, anytime someone comes to visit you, or you take me to the vet for my annual checkup, you’ll hear “what a beautiful cat”, which, frankly will be good for both of us! Just because I have inner beauty doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about my outer beauty too! Because, come on…just look at me!
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful — instead adopt me and let my both my inner and outer beauty help change the world — one kitty at a time! Come visit me at The Orlando Cat Cafe — where all the cool (and beautiful!) cats hang out!
Thank you to Ingrid King for stopping by the Orlando Cat Cafe! Click here to read her blog about her visit!
The Orlando Cat Cafe has made it to the big time! Check us out in the Spring/Summer 2017 Issue of Modern Cat Modern Cat Magazine, Where Cats Meet Cuddles!
Thank you to our feline friend, Jodi Ziskin for stopping by last month for her seminar and the nice follow-up article! Jodi will be back on May 25th to discuss the Importance of Feline Enrichment and Play. Register here!
A FABULOUS DAY AT THE ORLANDO CAT CAFÉ
April 13, 2017
By Jodi Ziskin
On March 21, I held my second seminar at the Orlando Cat Café. It was the evening before Global Pet Expo, so the beginning of three days of pet-everything. Since so many cat bloggers, product designers, behaviorists and other cat-centric professionals were in town, the expo provided the Café a great opportunity to attract cat lovers from afar. Click here for more…
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.
ABOUT FLORIDA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME
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.
Thank you Bored Paws for the interview and feature on Cat Cafés: Having Tea with Tabby.
Check out the blog post by our friend, Ingrid King about her upcoming book signing on March 21st at the Orlando Cat Cafe…
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be at the Orlando Cat Cafe on March 21. I’ll be selling and signing copies of my two newest books, Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude, and Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment Feline Style. Click here to read more!
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.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!
We have style, yes we do! We have Orlando Style Magazine, how ’bout you? Check out our feature ‘The Purrrfect Coffee House’ by Alexandra Niblett in the Valentine’s Issue of Orlando Style Magazine.
Also, thank you to Kelsey Viscount of Barista Magazine for the article on ‘Cat Cafes of Quality‘ featuring the Orlando Cat Cafe on pages 22-23!