Nestled in between two other Surry Hills terrace houses, Catmosphere Sydney is one of the first, permanent cat cafes in Sydney. It’s the place to go for all those thwarted would-be cat lovers who – for various reasons – don’t have a feline friend of their own at home. You’ll know if it’s your kind of place the moment you step inside, because Catmosphere are unapologetic about their cat-themed merchandise, decor and an abundance of parody movie posters with exactly the sort of puns you’d expect.
At $20 per hour, with complimentary coffee and one cat-shaped butter cookie, and $22 per half-hour in the kitten room, a visit to Catmosphere is definitely a ‘treat yourself’ occasion. For those of you who have never owned cats before, here are three reasons you might want to pay Catmosphere a visit.
You’re looking to adopt a cat
People buying cats from pet shops and breeders and then abandoning them is, sadly, a common problem worldwide, which is why adopting perfectly healthy cats is a highly encouraged practice. There are 17 rescue cats currently in Catmosphere’s bright, aqua-hued adult cat room.
We also visited the kitten room downstairs, which you can visit at $22 for half an hour. The room lacks the atmosphere of the upstairs adult cat room, but makes up for it with the kittens, who tend to be decidedly more curious and active and interested in gnawing at your fingers.
All the kittens and some of the adult cats can be adopted. There’s nothing quite like interacting with a cat in real life to parse our their personality, and nothing quite like love at first sight.
Just exercise some self-control. Or you might run away with one. Or ten.
You’re majorly stressed out
Let’s face it – university exams are around the corner, the end-of-financial-year rush is coming up and sometimes life just feels like punching you around until you’re an exhausted mass of nerves and negative emotions.
If you’re expecting to have a pile of affectionate felines climbing all over you for cuddle therapy, that’s not going to happen unless you cover yourself with salmon.
This is not so much a ‘cat cafe’ as a ‘cafe with cats’.
Don’t go into the room expecting to be entertained by the cats – they are the bonus addition to a nice conversation, some quiet reading, or even a nap. The cats lead by example, via lazing around the room and always had places to retreat if they didn’t want any attention. An hour of quiet R&R, with the occasional surprise of having a cat winding around your ankles or climbing (casually) into your lap to doze, is sometimes exactly what you need.
Or you can spend the time sitting on the ground next to the cats and stroking their fur. Animal therapy is a real thing.
You’re a photographer. Or artist. Or GIF-maker. Or cat-watcher
Did someone say ‘in need of visual inspiration’?
Catmosphere Cat Café
66 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW
Opening times: Mon – Fri: 10am – 8pm, Sat – Sun: 9am – 8pm