Your first question might be "what is a cat café?".  That's what I was asked as I stumbled across The Tipsy Tabby Facebook page.  Let me explain.

A cat café is a place to go and spend time in the comfort of kitties. It's a café for cat lovers, but more than that, it's a place to meet, eat, and drink with fellow cat people. It's a café for like-minded people to gather. Isn't' that what a dog park is, too? Sure it is, except cats are often indoor pets, so the idea of a cat café is really about the personalities of cats and people.

Jari Hytonen via unsplash
Jari Hytonen via unsplash
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The Tipsy Tabby website tells us more about how this Newmarket, NH, idea came to life.  As the only cat cafe in New Hampshire, it will be a unique part of the Granite State. Here's the story.

"A dream in the making, The Tipsy Tabby will combine our favorite things; hot chocolate, tea and cats! After living her best life working at a veterinary dentistry practice in Metro Atlanta, our founder Kaitlyn has returned home so she can pursue her dream of opening a cat cafe."

All of the cats at The Tipsy Tabby will be up for adoption from Cat Tales Rescue, a non-profit in Seabrook, NH. Patrons can enjoy the cats snuggling up to them or looking for a treat of love.  You may even get attached to one of your furry friends and bring them home.

​The website goes on to say, "The beautiful seacoast of New Hampshire will play perfect host to the powerfully fun and healing space a cat cafe can be. Settling in the thriving little mill town of Newmarket, The Tipsy Tabby is taking on the odds to provide New Hampshire its very first cat cafe!"

​The Tipsy Tabby will offer hot chocolate of all kinds, a cacophony of teas, and fresh, local baked goods.  They will also offer a catnip bar and act as a catnip dispensary, with the ability to make custom blends of catnip, catmint, and other herbs. They'll carry handmade cat toys and accessories.

Have a look at the construction progress.  The Facebook page says the café hopes to be open in the summer, so let's hope that's not a cat tale. The only other cat café in New England is in Connecticut, so good luck, Tipsy Tabby. We're rooting for you.

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