Ten-Second Takeaway

Bangalore’s first cat café and studio wants you to hang out and cuddle with plenty of kitties. And we are beyond excited. Cat ladies and gents, you will want to make this your second home. 

Kitty Central

CatStudio-in

Love cats, but can’t keep one at home? You can now hang out with six adorable felines any day of the week, at the city’s first cat studio. Different from an NGO or an animal shelter, co-founders Vishanth R and Osha Shetty have come up with a self-sustaining model, which lets visitors pay a small fee to drop by and bond with rescued kitties. Partly inspired by the cat cafés which have become popular worldwide, visitors are encouraged to question, and hopefully go away with more knowledge about keeping a pet cat.

We’re not sure if it’s the calming music or the fact that these kitties are used to a constant stream of visitors, but these are some of the friendliest cats we’ve ever met. If you’ve had a stressful day at work, then we prescribe a visit.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

CatStudio-i

Photo by: Maegan Dobson Sippy

There have been 14 adoptions since this place opened four months back – and the cats certainly seem keen – on our visit one feline gent even jumped into our bag and wouldn’t leave! Don’t get too carried away, though, as impulse adoptions are not encouraged here. If you decide you can’t live without one of these adorable kitties, then you’re urged to visit multiple times. There will also be a home visit to check that your place is suitable and safe. If that doesn’t work out, then you can always ‘sponsor’ one of the resident cats, and make regular visits to the studio.

Catfie, Anyone?

Right now the space is small, with a few simple stools, a library of books to peruse, and of course nooks and crannies for the cats to play in. You can also make use of the free Wi-Fi, or click (flashless) photos with the kitties or involve them in a #catfie. The kitties are the only ones getting spoiled with home cooked food at the moment, but The Cat Studio team is hoping to introduce some food and beverage options for two-legged visitors, in the form of a tie-up with a local café. So fingers crossed this cute place will develop into a fully-fledged cat café soon!

Where: #485, 8th Cross, Jeevan Bheema Nagar Main Road, Sector 11, HAL 3rd Stage {turning opposite TVS Showroom, and the studio is next to Precise Pets Clinic}.

When: 11am-7.30pm

Contact: +91 9611165698

Price: INR 50 for first 15 minutes, INR 70 for every half hour thereafter

Check out their website here.