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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 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.  Admission is $10 plus tax per person for an hour of time.


How clean is it?

Super clean.  We follow cleaning procedures similar 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. 


Can I adopt a cafe cat?

YES!  All of the cats at the café are adoptable and applications are completed at Catopia.  The cats have received all their medical care 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. Adoptions can take a few days to process and some cats may have previous applicants.

Can I bring my own cat?

Please do not bring your own cat - we are not allowed to have cat guests outside of the cats that the rescues and shelters send to us.  Please just bring photos of your sweeties to show us!


Do you take in cats that need homes?

Catopia Cat Cafe is not licensed as a rescue group and we do not take cats from individuals. We are a foster home that helps rescue and shelter cats get adopted.  If you need to rehome your cat, please contact Albuquerque Animal Welfare at or one of the rescue groups 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 animals in their care. Visit the websites for Albuquerque Animal Welfare, Bernalillo County Animal Care Center, High Desert Cat Rescue, Desert Paws NM, HartNM, and A Barking Chance Rescue.


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?

Most cat cafes have a minimum age because kids are more likely to be injured from a liability insurance perspective. An injury and lawsuit could make it very difficult to keep liability insurance coverage and could easily end our ability to stay open. Please email if you would like a younger visitor to help meet a cat to adopt or if you would like to schedule a private time for younger kids. 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 or


Do you ever have kittens at the café?

We focus on adult cats to make sure they get plenty of love and support. We do have kittens come to Catopia especially during "kitten season" when many need homes. Kittens are usually adopted pretty quickly.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see when the new little ones arrive.

Do you host birthday parties?

We are sorry we do not host birthday parties. We can arrange business meetings or other private get togethers though. Please email with information on what you are planning.

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 more than 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


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