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Indy’s First Cat Café Opens

A cat lover’s paradise, Nine Lives Cat Café, recently opened in Fountain Square and offers a Cat Lounge where guests can sip a cup of coffee while petting a furry friend.

The café, with a mission of “finding homes for cats, one cup at a time,” is partnering with the Humane Society of Indianapolis, which provides eight to 10 friendly cats available for adoption to live in the café’s unique atmosphere.

Café owner Selena Hubbard was originally inspired when she learned about similar cafés in Asia and Europe, then finding out they are also growing in popularity in the U.S.

The cats hang out in a separate Cat Lounge from the main cat-free coffee shop area in order to provide a space for those that may have allergies.

Local sweets and sips are available from Ezra’s Enlightened Café, Whisk Bakery, Brick House Coffee Roasters and Nelson’s Tea. There’s also a tea blend on the menu with catnip, which is known as a stimulant for cats, but has a relaxing effect on humans.

The café will hold ongoing events such as “meow-vie nights” as well as regular yoga in the Cat Lounge starting in the spring.

Admission: $5 entry fee to visit the Cat Lounge. Fee will be reimbursed if cat is adopted. Children under 12 must attend with an adult. Location: 1315 Shelby St., Ste. 1, Indianapolis. Reservations are recommended for the Cat Lounge. For more information, call 317-602-5287 or visit

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