Contrary to popular belief, unlike dog cafes, the cats in the café actually live here, so we can’t allow people to bring their own cats.
Outside food and drinks are not permitted.
The cafe is the cats' home. They are free to roam the place, just as the would be in your home. They are not allowed in any of the food preparation, cooking or storage areas. They have beds throughout the place, though they often end up sleeping in a booth, on a sofa, up a tree, in a hammock... where ever they are comfy really, they are cats after all!
We have a variety of security measures in place to make sure the cats are safe. Besides, the cafe used to be a bank so it is very secure. We hope to open a live stream at some point to allow our customers to keep up with what the cats are doing through the night.
Our cats eat a variety of wet and dry food. Cats need different nutrients to many other animals, and a lot of those are only found in fortified dry foods. We also suppliment with cooked chicken and fish, and the cats have access to fresh water at various sources throughout the building.
We operate a double door lock system. The main door cannot be opened unless the inner door is closed, and this is never opened if there are cats nearby. Likewise, there are always a minimum of 2 fire doors between the cats and the fire exit downstairs.
No. The cats living here have made the cafe their forever home. We are working closely with CATFLAP, a Glasgow based charity who facilitate adoptions of rescue cats in Glasgow. We continue to support them and make regular contributions to the welfare of their cats. If you are considering adopting a cat, we can put you in touch with them.
We charge £5 per person welfare charge when booked online, and £7 if you turn up without booking (subject to available spaces). This goes towards the upkeep of our cats, providing things like the cats' food, vet bills, litter, toys etc. Any food or drinks purchased in the café must be paid for separately on the day. There are some special events, and the price of these may vary, so check when booking.
We strongly advise booking, especially at weekends which tend to be fully booked for most of the day, and around lunchtimes. We will, however, allow walk ins, if we have space. Booking in advance is only £5, however we charge £7 per person, per session for walk ins. Booking is available here.
We have a variety of sources. All of the older cats are a mixture of rescue cats. We do not rehome rescue cats who have been mistreated by humans, as they need a far quieter and calmer environment. We work closely CATFLAP to assist with rehoming and adoption enquiries. If you think you can offer a home to a mistreated cat, either through adoption or fostering, we can put you in touch with them.
Yes! We have a large selection of foods catering to all sorts of dietary requirements. We also encourage others to try non-dairy alternatives to milk, by having soy, almond and Oatly Barista milk available at no extra cost. We are an official Oatly stockist, and proudly support Meat Free Monday every week, where we serve new foods and drinks using the very best of what Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine has to offer. We stock Mayze vegan cakes, and Rawnchy’s raw vegan cakes (which are also gluten free!), and have a selection of gluten free cakes available every day. Please contact us if you have any specific dietary requirements, or any questions about our foods – booking@purrplecatcafe.com
We believe that there are already plenty of cats in the world, and we don’t want to add to that, so we ensure that our cats have been spayed or neutered. Our cats are also microchipped and kept up to date with all worming, flea treatments and vaccinations. We also have samples of saliva, stools and blood sent to the lab to check for common illnesses which can be present in large groups of cats. Our vets check the cats frequently and are available on call 24/7 for any urgent health needs. Our staff have received pet first aid training too!
The entire customer area is on ground floor level, with an accessible entrance. We would ask that you indicate when booking if you have a wheelchair, to allow us to seat you at an accessible table.
Applications for volunteering for 2018 have closed, and we will be working with a number of S4 pupils in the next few months. If you would like to be kept up to date with any future volunteering opportunities, please add your email address to our mailing list, and you’ll be notified when the next volunteer positions become available.
We do our utmost to ensure that there is a minimal amount of hair around the place, and we clean throughout the day using HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners. If you have any concerns about allergies, you may wish to take some antihistamines or speak to your pharmacist or GP.
We try to make sure that the cats have a specific and balanced diet, so we do not allow guests to feed the cats with any outside products. We provide a wide array of stimulating toys for them, but if you think there is anything else that they might be interested in, please let us know! Also, we have a wish list should you wish to buy/donate any gifts. This can be found here.
Not without being told to do so. How would you feel if someone came into your house and lifted you up from your snooze on the sofa? You will see our staff cuddling and lifting cats at times. These are people that the cats are familiar with, and they are with them all day, so are aware just how much handling each cat has had in any given day. If a cat chooses to come up to you for a snuggle, then feel free to let them sit on your lap, stroke them or let them rub themselves along your legs, but don’t wake a sleeping cat, or pick one up unless a Cattendant asks you to.
We admit a small number of children aged over 5 into the cafe each session. We ask that you ensure you have no more than 2 children per adult. If there are going to be more than 4 under 10’s in your party, please contact us before booking so we can try to limit the number of other children in that particular session. We reserve the right to ask the parents or guardians of any boisterous children to remove the child from the premises if they are in any way upsetting the cats. Our priority is the cats at all times. We run “Toddler Friendly” sessions, to allow our younger visitors, and those with smaller children to enjoy the company of our cats. These sessions are always on weekdays, and during the earlier sessions, as this is when our cats are at their most active. These have been run successfully for many months, and our younger guests have all behaved well so far. As with older children, we reserve the right to ask parents/guardians to remove boisterous or noisy children. This is to continue to ensure the comfort and safety of our cats. Please check out our events page, or follow us on social media to keep up to date with when the next Toddler Friendly Session is.
Applications are not currently being taken. Please add your email to our mailing list to be notified of any future recruitment opportunities.
Well that depends on what you're looking to get from your visit. If you want to enjoy the company of the cats in a relaxed and quieter environment, then weekday evenings tend to be the most cosy and relaxing sessions. If you prefer a more lively session, then 9.30am is what you're looking for! Its the absolute favourite of staff and regulars alike, as this is when the cats are at their most interactive and playful. By that time in the morning, the cats are so keen to see people, that they run around, playing and tumbling with one another. Lunchtimes tend to be quite busy, and the cats can be mostly asleep, so bear that in mind if you're booking to get close to the cats: there may be less interacting around lunchtimes, as we don't allow guests to wake sleeping cats.