Looking for cat cafes in Arkansas?
Unfortunately, at the time of publishing, there were no cat cafes open in Arkansas.
This may mean there is a great opportunity for someone (you?) to open a cat cafe!
The next best thing to a cat cafe is a cat rescue shelter, I recommend dropping by a shelter if you want to spend time with cats in need of some cuddles.
Most people aren’t aware of this, but most cat cafes rehome at-risk cats from shelters and use a cafe as a way of bringing awareness to these cats and hopefully rehoming them.
If you’re interested in visiting a cat rescue, here are a few of the best in Arkansas:
Cafes Rescues in Arkansas
|Mew Cat Rescue
|Wilson Zoo Animal Rescue
|Little Rock Animal Village
|Little Rock, AR
Mew Cat Rescue
Address – Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone – 479-222-1290
Website – https://www.mewcatrescue.com/
Mew Cat Rescue is a 100% volunteer ran, foster-based cat rescue in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is now one of the largest rescues in the NWA area.
Wilson Zoo Animal Rescue
Address – Northwest Arkansas
Phone – NA
Website – https://www.wilsonzoorescue.com/
Wilson Zoo Animal Rescue is a volunteer-based Animal Rescue Group serving Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.
Little Rock Animal Village
Address – Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone – 501-376-3067
In their own words, Little Rock Animal Village is “more than your average shelter. They have a learning center, promote animal welfare, and have a veterinary clinic on-site.
Are Cat Cafes Good Business Models
With Arkansas no longer having a cat cafe, you may be wondering if operating a cat cafe is a profitable business model – or even a good idea.
What I will say is that cat cafes can be profitable. There are some that have been open for many years, like some of the long-standing cat cafes in California.
It’s a challenging business model though. Opening a cat cafe is very different from a normal cafe, and not just because there are cats!
You have much higher operating costs and expenses running a cat cafe, and you also have a smaller number of potential customers.
On top of this, you’re only able to let a few people in at a time. This is to keep stress to a minimum for the cats in the cafe.
There will be some laws and regulations specific to the state you live in governing what you can or can’t do when opening up a cat cafe.
I’d start by finding out what your rules and regulations are. You can then start putting together a business plan if you’re interested in starting a cat cafe.
Where Do Cats Come From in Cat Cafes?
More often than not, the cats in cat cafes are (or were) at-risk cats and come from local rescues and shelters.
If you check the website for a cat cafe, they’ll have a note somewhere telling you where their cats came from the what organizations they support.
This is one of the best things about cat cafes that most people aren’t aware of. They’re essentially pet adoption centers wrapped up under the guise of a cafe.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
Customers get to spend some time with cats while having a drink and socializing, and at-risk cats get a second chance.
Find a Cat Cafe Near You: State Listings
If you want to find more cat cafes near you or across the US, please click any of the states below to see a list of cat cafes in that state:
*All information was as correct as possible at the time of publishing. If you can see any of the information is now out of date, please drop me a message and I’ll update it, thanks!
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