El Gato Coffeehouse is Houston's first cat cafe, partnered with the Houston Humane Society. 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. Coffee and other beverages and snacks are available for purchase. Full-service menu will be available with the opening of our café food truck in December/ January timeframe. Stay tuned for updates.
Click here to volunteer at the Houston Humane Society. 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. Lately we can accommodate walk-ins anytime on weekdays and during most of the weekends with a short wait time possible.
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. On weekends the cover is for an hour. On weekdays there is no time limit. Walk-ins are accepted based on availability.
Please respect the time limit, as going over your allotted time frame will delay the next group.
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 ($3) or 30 minutes ($5).
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:
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
Caturday Morning Cartoons
Join us for a lazy Caturday Morning watching the best cat cartoons from the 90's. Whether you want to stroll down memory lane back to a simple time when Saturday morning cat cartoons defined your weekend OR you want to introduce your kiddo to old school cartoons, you'll be starting your day off right. We've got the full catalog of cartoons for both of your favorite orange cats.
Adult pass - $12/hr
Student pass - $10/hr (with valid school id)
Child pass - $8/hr (5-17 years)
Additional hour - $5/person
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. Excess cat toys will be donated to the Houston Humane Society to help with enrichment for the shelter cats. 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.
Put your gaming skills to the test with welcome distractions from the resident gatos. Bring your friends and enjoy 50% off cover for you and your friend(s). Bring your own games or play with ours. Book a Cat Cottage Visit on Wednesdays and use promo code GAMENIGHT,
We process adoptions on behalf of the Houston Humane Society right in the Cat Cottage! The adoption fee is $75. If you're interested in adopting, you'll need to complete and submit this application. We'll review your application and, if approved, you can take home your furrever friend!