Coffee and Calicos 6

So dogs aren’t your cup of tea? Have coffee with a cat at the Denver Cat Company.

At the cat café, the question is not one of “cats or dogs,” but rather one that draws from our love for animals in general. This theme is concurrent in mostly everyone, so why not combine two of the loves of Coloradans? Coffee and animals.

Sana Hamelin, owner of the Denver Cat Company, has successfully accomplished this with the cat café, where people from all walks of life can come in for a piping mug of tea or coffee, curl up on one of the couches with their favorite books or friends and play with any of the multiple affectionate felines under her foster care. Although some may question the quirky dispositions and “attitudes” of cats, Hamelin negates this by working directly with rescue groups who provide her with healthy animals that would fit in with a multitude of environs: namely a public café-type setting as well as a home setting.

“We foster cats who would do well in our environment—they’re outgoing or social, they like people, they don’t like being in a cage, and they do well with other cats,” Hamelin says.

The cat café is by no means inviting to only one type of person. All are welcome to enjoy the company of our furry friends, and who doesn’t love a coffee or pastry break (or both) during that hectic midweek grind?

Visitors pay a $7 entry fee ($5 for kids 2-12) that helps provide care for the cats while they’re waiting for their forever homes. On any given day, a visitor can expect to meet 12-15 adoptable rescue cats via the cafe’s partnering groups, Life is Better and PawsCo.

The café features weekly events like “Arts & Cats” paint nights for cat-themed instructor-led painting classes, and it’s a popular spot for pre-teen birthday parties, with art (and playing with cats) as the main event. There’s also a small retail area that offers a carefully curated selection of cat-themed gifts.

“This is a respite for the lonely traveler, a refuge for someone wanting to give and receive love from friendly animals, and a place for people to find their best friend. It’s a community space that adds something joyful to the equation.”