Do I need a reservation?
Walk-ins are welcome but you can make a reservation using the link above to ensure we have space available. You can also call ahead to see how busy we are to ensure your snuggle time with the cats. Our cats are super popular, especially on the weekends :)
Why is there an entry fee?
Our cats are amazing, but they don’t pay their own bills. In addition to rent for the facility, wages for our awesome employees, and overhead costs, we provide our cats with delicious food and the best care money can buy. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to provide the cats with the happy home they have here.
How much does it cost?
Admission to the cat room is $8 plus tax per person for an hour of time. We will have some special events that cost a little more, like our Yoga with Cats or Painting with Cats classes. See our events list for more information.
How clean is it?
Super clean. We follow cleaning procedures akin to hospitals and veterinary clinics and are cleaning and lint rollering very often. Our cats are well-screened by our shelter and rescue partners to ensure they are healthy and we take VERY good care of them here. With any animal facility, there is a small risk of zoonotic illnesses but we work hard to make sure everyone stays healthy and sanitary. We have many extra precautions to prevent human illness too.
Can I adopt a cafe cat?
YES! All of the cats at the café are adoptable through Albuquerque Animal Welfare, Bernalillo County Animal Care Center, or one of our rescue group partners. The adoption fees go straight to those agencies so they can save more cats.
Can I bring my own cat?
Please do not bring your own cat - we have plenty. Our cats are carefully screened for illnesses and we cannot accommodate outside cat guests. Please just bring photos of your sweeties to show us!
Do you take in cats that need homes?
Catopia Cat Cafe is primarily a foster home that works with shelters and rescue groups. Please contact Albuquerque Animal Welfare at www.cabq.gov/pets or any other well-respected rescue group in our city.
Do the shelter and rescue groups you work with have additional cats I can meet?
Yes! They would love for you to meet other cats in their care. Visit the websites for Albuquerque Animal Welfare, Bernalillo County Animal Care Center, HART NM, High Desert Cat Rescue, June's Senior Cat Rescue, Desert Paws NM, and Street Cat Hub.
What if I’m not a cat person but my friends want to meet there?
Not a cat person? We’ve heard that you exist. Give us a try - we think you will be pleasantly surprised and we believe that our cats can win you over.
Why is there an age policy during normal hours?
Catopia’s owner is a mom with kids who have always LOVED cats! We opened allowing all ages despite knowing that most cat cafes have a minimum age during regular hours. Unfortunately, we learned that there is a legitimate reason for an age policy: liability insurance. When considering renewal for our third year, our original insurance company decided a cat café was too risky because we have free-roaming animals with the general public. An injury and lawsuit could make it very difficult to get insurance and could easily end our ability to stay open. We had to make some tough decisions and concluded that kids under 8 are the most risky for having an injury. We don’t want to deny young kids access altogether though, so we offer some family times where we can have extra staffing to help prevent accidents and keep your little ones safe. Thanks for understanding!
How can I get involved?
We are currently fully staffed at Catopia, but would love your support with cat food and litter donations or other help for our kitties (see Ways to Help). Our shelter and rescue partners can always use more volunteers too! If you would like to volunteer to help more cats (and dogs too!) find homes, visit cabq.gov/pets or bernco.gov/animal-care-services.
Do you ever have kittens at the café?
Kittens are great, but we focus on adult cats to make sure they get plenty of love and support too. We do have kittens come to Catopia but they are usually adopted pretty quickly. Keep an eye on the "Our Cats" page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see when the new little ones arrive.
When did cat cafés originate?
The first cat café opened in Taiwan in 1998 and the concept quickly spread throughout other countries. The United States has almost 100 cat cafes offering a comfortable and clean environment for cats until they find their forever homes.
8001 Wyoming Blvd NE, Suite C-5, Albuquerque, NM 87113