Cat Cafés is something that first started in Japan, where there now are about 200. Spain now also has its first cat café, located in Madrid.
The company started a year ago as a solution to how to bring abandoned cats together with prospective owners. The cafe is located in central Madrid, Calle Argumosa 28, next to the Reina Sofia art museum.
Eva Aznar, who runs the business is doing this in collaboration with ABRIGA “Benefice Asociación por el Rescate e Inserción they Gatos a adopción”, an association that finds new homes for homeless cats.
If you want to adopt a cat at La Gatoteca you must first join ABRIGA which costs € 50. Then you must also participate in their beginner course in cat care.
At the cat café you pay for the time you spend there. Half an hour costs 4 € and an hour € 6. 50% discount for pensioners and the disabled. Children under 14 pay only 3 € (maximum 2 children per adult). In all cases, the first drink you purchase is included.
Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 am until 9:30 pm. On Mondays, it is only open to members and volunteers between 5 pm and 7 pm. There is usually no need to book an appointment, but in the weekends, or if you come as a larger group, it might be a good idea to do so.
More information and pictures of cats found at their web site: lagatoteca.es