What is a Cat Cafe?
A Cat Cafe is basically a big foster home for homeless cats.
A place where they can roam free, interact with each other, spend some time with us humans, and just live a happier life while waiting for their furever homes! Our cafe, The Shabby Tabby, will be a place where you can come and enjoy your favorite beverage, snack on our yummy baked goods, and hang out with our adoptable cats!
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to foster an environment where people can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while experiencing the joy, playfulness, and love that shelter cats have to offer. We aim to provide homeless cats an environment in which they can thrive, and to unite them with their furever home.
Where on Long Island can you have amazing coffee and freshly baked pastries while hanging out with some adorable adoptable cats? Nowhere! The cats at The Shabby Tabby are free roaming in the cat room which is a thousand times better than being pent up in cages all day. Cats at pet stores and shelters are often scared and shy, and unable to show their true personalities to potential adopters, and visitors. Being able to hang out and feel comfortable in their environment is so beneficial to these kitties, and you.
We will be partnering with The Golden Paw Society, an amazing cat rescue group located in Huntington, NY. All of our cats will come directly from their adoption center, and the adoption process will be according to their policies. By fostering 10-15 of their cats at a time, it frees up space in their adoption center for other homeless cats to occupy.
Eating in a room full of cats can sound unsanitary. We follow all rules outlined by the Suffolk County Department of Health. There will be a total separation between the cafe portion and the cat room. Once you have played with the cats, you will exit from there. There will be no cross contamination between the 2 rooms. You will be allowed to take your snacks and drinks into the cat room, but that is totally up to you.
The Shabby Tabby offers many more kinds of experiences with the cats than just coffee and food. Every week we will have different events such as Yoga with cats, Paint Nights, Karaoke with cats, Crafts (catnip toys, scratching posts, catnip planters, etc), Seasonal events (pics with Santa/Easter Bunny, pumpkin carving, cats in costumes) and much more.
Over the last couple of years I’ve learned a lot about the problems we have on Long Island regarding feral kitties, and how we can help. At The Shabby Tabby we will hold educational events such as Trap-Neuter-Release classes. TNR is the most effective approach to managing the growing population of community cats. Education is key to solving these issues. At The Shabby Tabby we will have plenty of information on all kinds of feline related topics.
Make a Reservation
- Plenty of time with the kitties
- 1 Free beverage
- 10 visits to the cafe within a 1-month time
- $50 off the Regular Price
From the Gallery
The Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe
249 West Main Street
Sayville, NY 11782
11AM – 7PM