Cats, Yoga and Coffee, please.

March 19, 2017

You love cats. You love yoga. You love coffee after yoga.

Then you will simply adore Crumbs & Whiskers, L.A.s first Cat Cafe. Since my daughter declares she is half cat, with her own language and all, we decided to reserve two yoga mats on Sunday.

Yes, you do yoga while Cheddar the orange tabby meanders through your warrior pose, Calvin the catnip lover crawls under your bridge, and Dot dreams about mice in her custom-designed yurt. Then you ‘cuddle cats, drink lattes, and wonder if this is real life’.


Best part? All of the cats are available for adoption! Located at 7924 Melrose Avenue, Crumbs & Whiskers, in partnership with Karma Rescue, have faciitated over 250 adoptions. Owner Kanchan shares,

I had finally found my dream project – a way to intertwine conscious business, animal welfare, and design. I didn’t know if this would work and I was honestly scared out of my mind, but I knew I believed in the idea. I just HAD to give it a shot.

We are so glad she did. A purrfect way to spend a Sunday morning, indeed.

From the Crumbs & Whiskers website:

Improved lives for shelter cats:
Crumbs & Whiskers fosters cats until they are adopted out, which means these cats can be removed from shelters and placed into a comfortable, nurturing, and fun environment until they meet their furrever human. If the cat isn’t adopted, no problem – we’re not letting her return to the shelter. We’ll take care of her for as long as it takes her to find a home.

Increased adoptions:
By reinventing the way people connect with rescue cats, Crumbs & Whiskers helps shelter cats gain more exposure and find their forever homes. By fostering cats, C&W also helps create more space in shelters that tend to be overcrowded, which enables those shelters to help even more cats!

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  • Reply Beth April 29, 2017 at 9:19 am

    That looks like a fabulous place. I don’t practice yoga, but if there was a place like that around here, I think I would!

  • Reply The Dash Kitten Crew September 27, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I have never done your but I can see me giving a try with cats involved unless I had balance on one footmen I would probably collapse and implode! This looks like the best fun and a bit relaxing too!

    I am big fan of fostering and this is the perfect foster situation because cats can take a shine to someone and get adopted!

  • Reply kelly September 27, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I am seeing more and more of this, taking cats out of the shelters and putting them in environments where they can interact with people in the hopes they will be adopted out. I hope they will start doing this with dogs as well because it’s a great idea!

  • Reply Debbie September 27, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I love all of these cat cafes that are popping up. It’s such a more natural, relaxing way to meet a potential new family member, especially for the cats. It’s hard for a cat to win you over when it’s scared in a tiny cage in a loud shelter. Plus, like you said, this opens up more room in the shelter for more homeless cats. Sounds like a win-win. This place may be enough for me to get into yoga! lol

  • Reply Amelia Johnson September 27, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This reminds me of the time our Yoga instructor had to hold classes at a local nursing home. The cat would always lay on the mat of the person that was allergic to cats! This is a great idea and I am glad to see so many cats get adopted.

  • Reply Sadie September 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Love, love, love this! The concept of changing the way people connect with, and are introduced to rescue animals is slowly catching on. Thank you, Crumbs & Whiskers for helping shelter cats gain more exposure and finding forever homes. I also love that there isn’t a time limit on their stay at C&W.

  • Reply Kamira Gayle September 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Looks like you had a spendid time. Nice to see the West Coast is catching onto this trend. I’ve visited the cat cafe called Meow Parlour here in NYC. They offer the same set up- cat cafe, treats, adoptable cats and scheduled yoga meetings. Cool isn’t it? Who would have thunk it?!

  • Reply Carol Bryant September 27, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I plan to start yoga and have heard of doga but love that cats and coffee are involved, especially the cats. YAY. It looks like a lot of fun, exercise for good health, and helping cats in need. Win win!

  • Reply Heather Wallace September 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I love that cat cafes are becoming so popular! One just opened up near me, and I’m very excited to visit. I think dogs always get a lot of press in shelters and rescue organizations. This is such a great way for people, and yogis, to interact with potential kitties. And great socialization for the cats too!

  • Reply Tenacious Little Terrier September 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    The local cat cafe also offers yoga with cats! I think it would be fun to try. I’d worry about accidentally stepping on one though!

  • Reply Carleen September 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I am excited for Chicago to get a cat cafe! I bet cats and yoga would be an interesting mix.

  • Reply paroma September 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Yoga, lattes and cats! Sounds like a perfect trifecta of spending an afternoon. We have a cat cafe here in San Francisco too, gotta check it out.

  • Reply Sweet Purrfections September 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    If I did yoga, this is the place where I’d like to be. I’ve been to one cat cafe and was very impressed. I hear there is one about 2 hours from me. I need to go check it out.

  • Reply Sandy Kubillus September 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Such a great idea to have cats wondering around while you do yoga! My dogs are sometimes in the room and frequently Buffy will lick my face while I’m laying on my back, or they decide to lay on the yoga mat just when I need to move there. Cats are probably more relaxing to do yoga with than dogs.

  • Reply Kitty Cat Chronicles September 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I went to a cat cafe in Charleston, SC and it was such a fun experience! They also had cat yoga, but I didn’t get a chance to do it. It sounds like lots of fun though! I love what cat cafes are doing to improve the adoption rates – amazing stuff!

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