Cat lovers rejoice: Columbia’s newest cat cafe is opening Friday!

Attention all cat lovers in Columbia, we have an amazing announcement for you!

The Capital City will be getting its first cat café, Catitude Cat Café – and its grand opening on Nov. 10.

“We officially will be calling 118 State St. West Columbia, 29169 our new home!” Jaime Andres Ortega, part owner of Catitude Café and a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina said.

The opening will feature a “kickstarter” themed
fundraiser in order to commemorate the new café. With the kitties arriving on Tuesday, Catitude
couldn’t be more excited to share their love for cats with all of Columbia.

Cat cafes are café’s where customers can sip on a cup of coffee and enjoy the company of their favorite furry friends. At Catitude Cat Café, customers will also be able to enjoy beer, wine, and prepackaged pastries. They will also be able to purchase cat toys and cat-themed merchandise. There will be a dedicated study room and whiteboards so students at USC can have a nice place to study and have the company of cats.

“I graduated from USC in December with a dual degree in Economics and Criminal Justice and landed a big boy job in corporate America. I was lucky enough to travel on a weekly basis to major cities, such New York, Washington, DC, & Miami. Instead of going out and exploring the city, I would look for cat cafés to visit because I missed my girlfriend, Maria, and our precious furry bundle of joy, Loki,” Ortega explained. “Then it finally hit me. I realized that Columbia was the only major city in South Carolina that didn’t have a cat café, and the business was born.”

The new cat café will also be teaming up with PetsInc to help cats in the Midlands find their forever homes.

“We are hoping to be able to change the lives of hundreds of cats in the Midlands area,” Ortega said.

Walk-ins will be welcome at Catitude Cat Café, but reservations will be preferred. Entry to see the cats will be $15 which will include a complimentary beverage. Discounts will also be offered to students, military, and law enforcement.

“We were lucky enough to secure a two-story building, so people will be able to come in and just enjoy a cup of coffee, or pastry on the first floor. But also have the option to go upstairs and hang out with the cats,” Ortega said.

For more information about the café, you can visit their website.