El Gato Coffeehouse is Houston's first cat cafe, partnered with Friends for Life. Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment for adoptable cats until they find their furrever home. If guests aren't looking to adopt, they can enjoy cat therapy, which also helps socialize the cats.
The Cat Cottage houses our adoptable resident gatos. There is a cover to play with the adoptable cats. Booking online is strongly recommended to guarantee your spot at your desired time and to avoid a wait. Upon arrival, you first place your order at our food truck cafe. See our menu here. You can place an order from the food truck even if you don't desire to interact with the cats in the cat lounge. There is outdoor seating on the patio for guests that only want to enjoy food and beverages.
Click here to volunteer at Friends for Life. Once you're a volunteer, you can also opt to help at El Gato!
Our Cat Cottage can only fit a limited amount of humans at once. More people would create a stressful environment for the kitties and would make a bad cat to human ratio. We encourage online bookings to ensure accommodations can be met at your desired time particularly on weekends between 2-4pm, as this is our peak time. Typically we can accommodate walk-ins anytime on weekdays with the exception of holidays. Walk-ins on weekends may experience a short wait time possible, which can be spent enjoying drink and food orders on our patio.
Visitors can purchase a Cat Cottage Pass by booking here. Each time slot begins at the top of each hour. Please arrive on time so you're able to enjoy your full hour if you are visiting on the weekend. The cover is for an hour. Walk-ins are accepted based on availability.
Please respect the time limit, as going over your allotted time frame will delay the next group. Additional hours can be purchased for $5 on weekdays or for full hour cover on weekends, if there is availablity. Discounted 3 hour passes (study passes) are available on weekdays for those who want more kitty time at a discount.
The cover is $10 for adults, $9 for students and $7 for children between the ages of 5 and 17. Children under 5 years old are not permitted in the Cat Cottage for the safety of the cats and the children. Students must show a valid school ID. On weekdays we also offer limited cover of 15 minutes ($4) or 30 minutes ($6). We offer discounted 3 hour passes on weekdays ($12 for students and $14 for adults).
Above pricing includes discount for placing drink and / or food order at our food truck. If you don’t place an order, there is a $2 charge per person added to your cover.
In addition to our daily Cat Cottage visit, we also have a calendar of events. You can book an event pass by using the booking link and selecting the appropriate event. Below are the events that we offer. See our full event calendar here.
Yoga with Cats
Find serenity meow and get a double dose of relaxation therapy with yoga and cats. Connect with cats and fellow yogis in a playful yoga setting. This is an all levels class where beginners are welcome. Yoga classes are 45 minutes and include additional 30 minutes of play time with the cats.
Adults - $20; Students - $18
Do you frequently find yourself staying in on a Friday night watching movies with your cat? We agree that it a great way to spend a Friday night, but do you know what's even better? Spending your evening cuddling with LOTS of cats AND helping them prepare for adoption by socializing. The cats aren't the only ones benefiting from socialization, as you also come to hang out and watch movies with some of the coolest cat people in town. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the featured cat film. Must be over 18 for movies that are Rated R.
Adults - $18; Students - $16 Kids - $15
Come have a crafternoon making art and cat toys surrounded by cats! You can learn how to make felt cat toys, yarn pom poms, yarn tassels, cardboard treat balls and more (the project will be posted with event details). All craft materials will be supplied and instructions provided. We also encourage you to bring any projects that you’re currently working on. Spend an afternoon learning new skills and making new friends both furry and human! Prices vary.
We process adoptions applications on behalf of Friends for Life right in the Cat Cottage! The adoption fee is $95. If you're interested in adopting, you complete a FFL application and schedule an interview with a FFL adoption counselor.