Sorry, folks. I am not a dog lover, and if there is one thing about Madrid I’m not crazy about, it’s that dogs rule. I’m a cat lady and, aside from the odd stray, cat sightings are few and far between in this city. I am starved for snuggles. Thank goodness for La Gatoteca. Inspired by the famous neko cafés of Japan, La Gatoteca is a tranquil lounge that is home to around 24 cats at any given time. I love to grab a drink and spend quality cat time with all of the mischievous kittens, lazy tabbies, and sweet calicos.
Non-profit La Gatoteca partners with ABRIGA, a rescue organization committed to feline care and well-being, and all of the cats here are available for adoption. You might just go home with a new family member, but even if you simply come for a visit, that’s fine too. They have merchandise for sale that also supports the cats! We definitely all need another cute coffee mug.
In the best interest of the residents of La Gatoteca, a booking must be made in order to visit, and you can spend anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour with the cats. The entry price is adjusted accordingly. The kind staff will also outline some rules to abide by before you enter the lounge to make your visit amazing. La Gatoteca is a quiet escape in this busy city and a place that offers immeasurable benefits to both the humans and cats of Madrid.