Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is a Cat Café?
Cat Café, noun: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises.

At Black Forest Cat Café, you can get coffee and pastries, then go play with adoptable cats! We are like the kitties' foster home, a safe place to stay before they are adopted. While they are here, they are able to socialize with other cats as well as people who may be interested in adopting.

Where do the cats come from?

Our cats are all provided to us by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. This helps us guarantee each cat that enters our doors is healthy, vaccinated, tested, and spayed/neutered before mingling with the other feline residents. The adoption process as well as all donations from adoptions are with FWACC through their website.

Can I bring my own cat?

We kindly ask for you NOT to bring your own cats. The Black Forest Cat Café exists to help homeless cats get adopted. People can visit us to take home a new feline family member, not bring in existing ones.

Can I still come if I'm allergic to cats?

Our Café and Cat Lounge are completely separate areas, but are still easily visible through large windows! If you are allergic to cats, you are more than welcome to visit and admire the kitties from the café windows while enjoying a delicious drink or pastry!

Is a Cat Café sanitary?

We clean the Cat Lounge between each group that visits, approximately every 55 minutes. We make sure that our cats (and people too!) are in an environment that is clean, sanitized and scent free! We also have air filters running throughout the Cat Lounge which also helps keep the space spotless. 

I don't want my cat anymore. Can I bring it to you?

We do not take in cats from the public. All our resident cats are provided to us through FW Animal Care & Control after they had a vet checkup, vaccinations, spayed/neutered, and tested for diseases. If you have a pet that you cannot take care of anymore, please bring it to your local shelter.

Visiting Questions

Do I need a reservation to see the cats?

We are a fully functioning coffee shop, just with an added Cat Lounge! If you'd like to stop in for a delicious drink or pastry, you are more than welcome to, just like you would in a normal café! Our café is open to the public, and we have large windows looking into the cat area that you are more than welcome to enjoy.


To enter the Cat Lounge area within our, café walk-ins are accepted, but it is highly recommended that you make a reservation before you arrive to guarantee you have a spot when you arrive. We only allow about 10 guests in the cat lounge per hour (we are flexible depending on the number of cats in the space at the time!), and once the spots are filled we cannot accept walk-ins. Reservations can be made here.

Why is there an entry fee for the Cat Lounge?

We at the Black Forest Cat Café care for our kitty residents until they find their forever homes. This includes their food, litter, staff, and the safe space that was built for the kitties to reside in. We are able to provide for these otherwise stray cats thanks to the $10 cat lounge admission fee. It's the same as paying to see a movie or to bounce on trampolines; with any business, in order for our doors to stay open we have to be able to pay the bills!


If the $10 fee isn't something you're interested in, you are more than welcome to hang out in our café area and admire our furry friends from the viewing windows as you enjoy your coffee. 

What if I need to cancel / reschedule my reservation?

You can reschedule your reservation through a link in your confirmation email you received after creating your booking.


You may cancel your reservation by emailing us at least 24 hours before your reservation.


Please note that we do not offer any refunds for no-shows.

Is there a minimum age requirement to visit the Cat Lounge?

There is no age minimum to enter the cat lounge, but if for any reason we feel a cat is in danger, we have the right to remove guests from the cat lounge. We do require a parent to attend with any child guests under the age of 16.


Please keep in mind that a waiver needs to be signed for EVERYONE entering the Cat Lounge, meaning anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian's signature beforehand, digitally or in person


The waiver will be sent to your email once a reservation is made, or it can be filled out in-person before entering the cat lounge for your reservation.

Are entry fees the same for all ages?

Yes, ticket prices are the same for visitors of all ages. We currently offer a $5 student discount weekdays before 3PM with a student ID.

Adoption Questions

How do I adopt?

All our adoptions are done through Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. If you have visited and found a cat that suits you, you can fill out the adoption application here.


Once you have been approved, FWACC will contact you and you can come pick up your new friend! 

What are the adoption fees?

The adoption process is done completely through FWACC. The adoption fees are set by them and may vary depending on the shelter or season. Check their website here for more information on their adoption fees. 

Other Questions

How can I help?

There are many ways that you can get involved!

For starters, we have an Amazon Wishlist full of supplies that the cats may need, or you can simply bring a gift for the cats into our store yourself!


We also are in need of kitty litter and canned food. Any litter or cat food donations are always greatly appreciated!

Can I host my event here?

Yes! You can either fully book out an hour in our cat lounge, or we also offer customized event packages. You can find more information on booking your special event here

Do you collaborate with other businesses / do sponsorships?

We love partnering with other businesses! Feel free to email us if you are interested in a collaboration. We greatly appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you!