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121 Adoption Paw-ty!

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.)

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The Dog Days of Summer

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…

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Mulberry’s BACK!

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!

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A Fabulous Day

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…

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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!

 

 

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.

 

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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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT.

 

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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:

Facebook Contest | Orlando Cat Cafe
OFFICIAL CONTEST 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, 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.

ABOUT THE CONTEST

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

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
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.

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$150 and includes one yearly pass to the Orlando Cat Café.

CONTEST STARTS
January 24, 2017

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

PRIZE ELIGIBILITY
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!

Orlando Cat Cafe|American Flag

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!

OrlandoCat Cafe|Opening Day Cake

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!

Orlando Cat Cafe|Cat Flowers

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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