She’s been walking around wearing kitty ears for weeks and you are pretty sure she just meowed at the dinner table. If you’ve got a cat-o-phile in your house, Purringtons Cat Lounge—the first and only cat café and adoption center in the Pacific Northwest—should be on your “must visit” list. Whether your little cat lover has been hinting at a kitten (but you can’t bring one home) or you just can’t get enough of the fluffy stuff, read on to find out more about why this kitty haven is the purr-fect place to spend the afternoon.

photo: Leslie Schweitzer via Flickr

Purringtons is located in NE Portland and offers an environment that is artistic and styled like you might imagine a kitty’s living room would be. The space is divided into two areas that that allow customers to interact in with the cats in very different ways: the cafe and the lounge. Little cat lovers are allowed in both of the buildings spaces, however there are time-of-day and age requirements in the lounge area. We’ve checked them both out and got the skinny on what to expect.

The Lounge
Purringtons lounge area is open to children ages six and up, between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Get some hands-on cat experience by hanging out with the cats in a home-like environment, all while sipping on beer and wine (or hot chocolate for the little ones). The setting also gives families the opportunity to get to know the cats in a different way than they could at a shelter, and kids who don’t or can’t have pets at home get to have one-on-one playtime.

Reservations for family slots are strongly recommended. The lounge has a 15 person capacity that can fill up quickly. You can make reservations for as few as one or as many as 15 people. Reservations for parties of six or more may qualify for discount. Call to find out.

Don’t forget to check for discounts like half off “meowmosas” all day Sundays or “Happy Meower” held Tue.–Fri., 5–8 p.m. which includes one dollar off drinks and some food.


photo: Brody L via Yelp

The Cafe
The cafe side of Purringtons is perfect for little ones with grabby hands or less cat experience and family members with allergies. It is built with windows into the lounge area that allow customers to enjoy watching the cats play while enjoying a snack, beverage or some lunch. The café area is where visitors purchase food and drinks that can be consumed in either café or lounge. All their food is made in-house and most of their beverages are local. Kids will love nibbling on scones and cat shaped cookies. Or if appetites are big, order the house nachos and dig in! Reservations are not required in the cafe and there is no fee, nor age or time limit.

matt-e-via-yelp-cat-loungephoto: Matt E via Yelp

Purr Yoga
On Sundays the cafe also offers yoga! Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $20. Children under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The class lasts an hour and a half, with the first hour being dedicated to active yoga practice and the last 30 minutes is shared space with the cats: curl up in child’s pose with a willing feline or just stay and play.

cat-cafe-portland-rachel-d-via-yelpphoto: Rachel D. via Yelp

What to Know Before You Go
To promote a stress-free environment, Purringtons has rules for kids and parents alike. In big parties there’s a volunteer selected to read the rules aloud. If you have made a reservation, make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your appointment as you risk losing your spot to walk-ins. The staff is pretty hands on and will help you in anyway they can. You are not allowed to pick up the cats but if you’d like one to sit in your lap you can ask staff for assistance.

About the Cats
The cats are picked by their shelter partner, Cat Adoption Team. You’ll probably be able to spot the cats private area located at one end of the lounge where they can enjoy their own alone time. Adoptions in general happen on Sun., Tue. & Wed and you can get a sneak peek of the kitties before you go.

photo credit: r251251 via Flickr

The Good Stuff
As of Feb. 19, Purringtons has found nearly 300 kitties homes! Whether you’re looking to add a new member to your family or believe in the therapeutic advantages of furry friends, Purringtons is the place for you, your kids and friends!

Hours: Tue.–Sun., noon-8 p.m., family time: noon-4 p.m., reservations recommended
Cost: $8/person (for lounge)
3529 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Have you been to Purrington’s Cat Lounge? Tell us about your experience in our comments section!

—Kris Wilhelmy