Cat lovers need to visit these places (right meow)

  • Hemingway's cats | Key West

    Anywhere from 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats roam around the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. Some of the cats who live here are the descendants of Snow White, Hemingway’s six-toed cat who was gifted to the famous writer.

    Photo courtesy of Getty Images / LawSquirrel

  • Feline Historical Museum | Alliance, Ohio

    Artwork, figurines and other forms of cat memorabilia fill the space at the Feline Historical Museum. This collection of cat artifacts celebrates great moments in cat history. From a cat house designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s proteges to the cat collar of the first winner of America’s first cat show held in 1895, this museum is a treasure chest for cat lovers. 

    Photo courtesy of Karen Lawrence 2019

  • Big Cat Crossing at the Philadelphia Zoo | Philadelphia

    Cats big and small are curious creatures and enjoy spending time exploring every nook of their habitat. At the Philadelphia Zoo, a 330-foot mesh walkway winds above the zoo’s main visitor path, allowing for its big cat residents (lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars and more) to have more area to stretch out their legs!

    Photo courtesy of J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

  • National Tiger Sanctuary | Saddlebrooke, Mo.

    Learn what it takes to care for big cats by touring the National Tiger Sanctuary in Saddlebrooke, Missouri. There are several ways to explore the sanctuary including a Riding Safari, Tigers by Twilight where you can observe these naturally nocturnal creatures by moonlight, and a Feeding Tour that allows you to feed the big cats!

    Photo courtesy of National Tiger Sanctuary

  • Roosevelt Island Cat Sanctuary | New York

    Since the 1950s when the Renwick Smallpox Hospital closed, stray cats have been wandering around this abandoned hospital on New York's Roosevelt Island.  It’s unknown how they got there, but the Wildlife Freedom Foundation’s Cat Sanctuary now takes care of the community of cats who call the island home. Cat lovers can volunteer by making sure these friendly felines have everything they need – blankets, food, water, shelter and love.

    Photo courtesy of Wildlife Freedom Foundation Cat Sanctuary

  • Cat House on the Kings | Parlier, Calif.

    Lynea Lattanzio was only looking to adopt two cats, but found herself bringing home a box of 15 kittens!  As a retired surgical veterinary technician, Lattanzio has dedicated her life to providing a no-cage, no-kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats and kittens. Her 6-acre plot of land is now home to more than 700 cats and kittens, who are all ready to be adopted to forever homes.  

    Photo courtesy of The Cat House on the Kings

  • The Algonquin cat | New York

    The Algonquin Hotel in New York has had a feline resident since the early 1920s.  Hamlet, who is named in honor of another famous resident, John Barrymore (whose greatest stage role was Hamlet), enjoys daily brushing, birthday parties and fashion show benefits. The cat has become the hotel's mascot and is considered one of the most famous cats in New York City.  The cat even gets fan mail from around the globe.

    Photo courtesy of The Algonquin Hotel

  • Kawaii Kitty Cafe | Philadelphia

    Cat cafes are all the rage in Japan and the phenomenon has been gaining momentum in the United States. Kawaii, which means "cute" in Japanese, is the spirit of this unique Philadelphia café. The café has teamed up with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to give cats a safe and comfortable place to live, and gives café guests a chance to adopt the cats they grow fond of. To visit, schedule your kitty cat cuddle session ahead of time.

    Photo courtesy of Kae Lani Palmisano

  • Lucky Cat Museum | Cincinnati

    Dedicated to the Maneki-neko, or the "lucky cat" in Japanese, this museum houses over 1,000 versions of the iconic waving statue. The Japanese symbol is over 100 years old and is commonly seen in Asian businesses because it is a symbol of monetary fortune.  At the Lucky Cat Museum in Cincinnati, you’ll see many variations of the Maneki-neko waving luck with money into your life.

    Photo courtesy of Lucky Cat Museum

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge | Eureka Springs, Ark.

    Serving as a lifetime refuge for abused and neglected big cats, the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge not only provides care for tigers, lions, leopards and cougars, but also gives people the chance to learn more about these beautiful creatures. The refuge provides plenty of interactive ways for both children and adults to learn about big cat behavior, wildlife conservation, biodiversity and more.

    Photo courtesy of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

  • Big Cat Rescue | Tampa

    Many of the animals at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa have been abandoned, abused or retired from circuses. With a strong focus on caring for cats in captivity and ending extinction of big cats in the wild, this sanctuary houses big cat species that are often endangered. Book ahead of time to encounter tigers, lions, leopards, ocelots, lynxes, cougars and more.

    Photo courtesy of Big Cat Rescue

  • Florida Panther Festival | Naples, Fla.

    No, Florida Panthers isn’t just the name of a hockey team.  It’s one of the last of the Puma genus to inhabit the eastern United States. The Florida Panther Festival taking place on November 2, 2019 at the Naples Zoo helps to educate guests on protecting one of Florida’s native residents. At its lowest, the Florida panther population dropped to 20 to 30 cats. But this year, the festival will be celebrating not just Florida's own big cat, but the fact that the population has increased to over 200 adult panthers.

    Photo courtesy of Naples Zoo

  • Cat Town | Oakland

    Enjoy a coffee and some kitty companionship at Oakland’s Cat Town. This café partners with the Oakland Animal Services, offering guests the chance to give love and attention to foster felines.  It also serves as an adoption center where cats young and old can find forever homes. Last year, around 290 cats from Cat Town were adopted.

    Photo courtesy of Cathy Niland

  • Crumbs & Whiskers - Washington

    This D.C. cat cafe allows guests to have quality time with adoptable cats and kittens. Not only does Crumbs & Whiskers limit the amount of guests they have at any given time, you can book up to 70 minutes to relax and play with these loving felines. And the cafe's pop-up Kitten Lounge in Georgetown is the first of its kind in the nation. The Kitten Lounge has been so popular that instead of ending the pop-up at the end of this summer, it will run to the end of the year. It may be tem-purr-ary, but it is worth a visit for cat lovers!

    Photo courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers