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Time to hit the books! Go to a cat cafe for a study buddy!

It’s finals week and we are here to help! Get you set to slay with a solid place to study, caffeine, and treats. Plus cats!  That’s right, we’re sending you to your local cat cafe. Cat cafes get an A+ in beating stress, and not much is more stressful than finals. If you have a cat cafe near campus, you have the answer book for finals success. We’ve done the homework for you in pulling together cat cafes with special finals discounts and also those that are particularly well suited for studying.


Planet Perk Study Hall

This could be you!! The Planet Perk has maybe the coolest Study Hall in the country. Photo: Planet Perk/Osh Kosh

Finals Stress, What Stress?

Cat Stress

Everything is fine. This is fine.

Just add Caffeine. All the caffeine.

Cat and Coffee

Add sugar. Trust us, a little sugar and carb boost is practically a health food during finals. Ok, we made that part up. But a little comfort food is just what the professor would order, especially when served up in festive feline form.

Cat Cookies

Purr Therapy: The Positive Power of Cats

Now add cats. Why cats? Because everything is better with cats, naturally. There is actual research that says spending time with cats has a positive effect on your health and well being. Pet people intuitively know that pets improve their lives. Now a growing body of research supports the axiom that companion pets are in fact good for us and help fight the toxic effects of stress.

Let’s call it: Purr Therapy. Research shows that petting a cat helps your body reduce the stress hormone cortisol almost immediately. One study out of the University of Minnesota, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, found that having a cat may reduce your chance of a stroke or heart attack by one third. Dr. Adnan Qureshi, lead researcher on the study, links cardiovascular health to psychological stress, and suggests that cats help reduce the stress and anxiety that cause high blood pressure and heart problems. It’s science.


The healing power of cat purrs

Cat Cafes: The Ultimate Finals Stress Buster

So where can you go to find coffee, treats, and cats? If you’re super lucky, your own kitchen. Or you can visit a cat cafe. What is this strange wonder, a cat cafe? For the uninitiated, a cat cafe is magical place where you hang out with cats. Each cafe has it’s own enchanting interpretation, but the essential ingredient is cats. The menu of beverages and treats varies, from upscale to prepackaged, gourmet lattes to Keurig pods. Trust us when we say: you want to go here.

Purr Therapy for Finals Stress

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Something quite extraordinary happens when you go to a cat cafe. Cat cafes are happy places. Almost immediately, you’ll forget the world outside. Soon, you’ve made a fast feline friend or three. Like magic, your stress is simply gone. And you don’t have to wait for finals stress before heading to your local cat cafe. A study sesh with cats is always an A+ idea.

 Finals Stress


Study with Cats

So you’ve been holed up in the library and glued to the screen for hours, just go to a cat cafe already. Take a restorative little break, or stay and study with cats. Go for the coffee and free wifi, stay for the new study buddy.

Study Buddy

Find a Cat Cafe for Finals Stress, Now

Cat cafe map

All cat cafes offer a calming break from finals stress, and many are also great places to study. Use our live map to get directions to a cat cafe near you.

Where ever you are, know that every single cat cafe is the perfect place to lighten finals stress. Find a cat cafe near you  on our interactive map. We 100% guarantee that you will immediately feel better about everything in your life, including the academic stress monster. Some lucky students have a cat cafe located within walking distance of their  campus. Many cat cafes offer special deals to students during finals or welcome them with discounts all year long.

Here’s our super-duper, updated list of cat cafes ready to help you survive and thrive during finals.


The Lotus Catfe, Alabaster: Offers a student discount between 3 pm-6 pm! You could also level your chill with  Kitten Yoga or other class at the only cat cafe-yoga studio in the world!



University of Arizona finals

El Jefe Cat Cafe, Phoenix: Three floors of bright comfort with thirty-five cats is the purrfect place to destress! Just two miles from the University of Arizona campus.


Gibson’s Cat Cafe, Conway: Gibson’s is  Finals Central for the many colleges in Conway, including the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College. Gibson’s has an extraordinary lineup for finals week:

  • Open till Midnight 12/11 – 12/14!
  • For Midnight hours only, students may bring in or order outside food. -Please purchase beverages at Gibson’s.
  • Theme Days  – get a 10% Discount by dressing up.
  • Monday, 12/11: 80’s Day! Epic!
  • Tuesday, 12/12: Alumni Day -wear your HS Gear.
  • Wednesday: 12/13 Character Day -you pick & dress as your fave.
  • Thursday: 12/14:  Meme Day -be your fave meme!

Cheers to Gibson’s for going the extra 10 miles for the students this week! Oh yes, they have great cats too!


Chico Cat Cafe,  Chico: Awesome offerings for college students all year round! Over 30% discount! They also have a very generous Mempurrship with great benefits, including a T-shirt!


Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe, Boulder: Students enjoy a discounted rate and FREE COFFEE during finals from 12/10 – 12/16! Use code: FINALS 2023

Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe finals offer

This is the purrfect place to study in Boulder for finals!

No Co Cat Cafe, Loveland: Calling all NCU and CSU students! NoCo has the purrfect pairing for finals: free energy drinks and cats! And you get the student discount too!

NoCo cat cafe finals specials

NoCo Cat Cafe has the purrfect assignment for finals: cats and free energy drinks! They go together like A’s and B’s!


Mew Haven Cat Cafe in New Haven, Connecticut is located less than a mile from Southern Connecticut University and under three miles from Yale University. Always a student hot-spot, Mew Haven offers student discounts and also special 3 hour Study/Work sessions.


Tally Cat Cafe in Tallahassee, Florida is close to Florida State University and they often offer specials around finals.


Karma Kat Cafe, Mount Pleasant:  Karma Kat caters to students all year long with a special student rate! Just under a mile from the Central Michigan University campus, Karma also offers Volunteer Spots where students can burn off some extra energy cleaning, organizing and keeping Karma Kats happy. With 40 cats, Karma is THE place to destress in Mount Pleasant!

New Hampshire

The Tipsy Tabby Cat Cafe, New Market: With at least 10 colleges in the New Market area The Tipsy Tabby is the purrfect destination for Finals Week. Use the online coupon code FINALS2023 during booking for 20% student discount (Good for 12/12/23-12/18/23)


Hattiesburg:  Cattiesburg Cafe: Students enjoy 1/2 off admission to the cat lounge every Wednesday (w/ student id), all year long!


New York

Lazy Cat Lounge and Cafe, Victor: Now offering a 15% weekday-only discount on bookings, food, and drink. Use the code “COLLEGESTUDENT” at checkout. What a


Tabby & Fido’s Cat Cafe, Bowling Green:  Located right on Main Street near the BGSU campus, Tabby & Fido’s is a natural for students during finals & beyond. Offering a huge 30% discount during finals to students with student id/proof of schooling.


Tabby and Fidos Finals Discount

Tabby & Fido’s for Finals!

Gem City Catfe in Dayton, Ohio is a student hot spot all year round. Gem City Catfe serves students from Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, and more. Offering more open work space than any other cat cafe in the country, Gem City also boasts a spacious upstairs study/work area that is a designated Quiet Zone! You can certainly opt to study in the cat lounge (for a fee), but we can’t guarantee you won’t be distracted. Gem City is open over 80 hours a week, with 13 hour days Monday thru Friday! 

Gem City Cat Cafe upstairs

Gem City Cat Cafe is THE place to study (or destress) in Dayton! Not only are they open over 80 hours a week, but they have the most open study space in the country. The upstairs, pictured here, is a designated Quiet Zone. It is a bright open space with natural light, perfect to camp out for an hour or eight.


Playful Paws Cat Cafe, Bend: Oregon’s only cat cafe is stepping up to take care of students during finals by offering a nice student discount! Lots of options for seating, from comfy chairs to tables.



Study survival kit

Dexter’s Cat Cafe has everything students need (and more), and they are less than a half mile from campus.

Dexter’s Cat Cafe, Indiana: Your finals headquarters for IUP! At under a half mile from campus, Dexter’s has a special focus on student needs. From 20 minute Express Visits with cats to plenty of seating, ample electric plugs, and free wi-fi, Dexter’s is a welcoming place for students. No purchase required to use their space to study or work!  To study in the cat lounge, they recommend purchasing the 45 m.  visit. 


Cowboy cat

Meowdy, study paw-dner! Come to the Cozy Catfe in Arlington or a study pal and private workspace room, unlimited coffee! Photo: Cozy Catfe

Cozy Catfe, Arlington: Let’s get cozy! Calling all UT-Arlington, TCU, and area schools! This deal is bigger than Dallas: your very own private study room  -with a feline study buddy- and unlimited coffee for only $10/hour. Designed for 1 person. Amazing!!


Aristocat Cafe, Harrisonburg: Aristocat has plenty of wonderful tea, coffee, and outlets to help students recharge during the James Madison finals week.

Catnip Cat Cafe, Norfolk: Wonderful Meowmbership deal that any cat lover in the Norfolk area should take advantage of: 40 visits for $199. Free coffee/beverage included! 


Planet Perk, Oshkosh: This is genius! An absolutely original, brilliant place for students and kitties. The Planet Purrrk Study Hall is FREE with a cafe purchase and student ID.  The Study Hall is open all day, all week:  M- F 6:30am to 6:30pm, Saturday 8-5 pm, Sunday 9 am- 6:30pm. A+++

Planet Perk study hall

Happy campers at The Study Hall at Planet Perk! Photo: Planet Perk/FB

Planet Perk Study Hall

The library doesn’t have cats, but the Planet Purrk Study Hall does! Photo: Planet Perk/FB


Cats N Coffee Connections, Cheyenne: Situated in a charming converted house, Cats N Coffee offers both a cafe area and also rooms that can be reserved for study. How purrfect: a homelike setting with cats! 

Cats N Coffee Connections

Get a room! Reserve a room with your study partners (and cats) at Cats N Coffee Connections in Cheyenne. They have been a big hit with students and favorite study spot since opening earlier this year.

Calling All Parents: Give the Gift of Cats

Santa Cat

How about giving the student in your life the gift of cats? Set your student up for happiness and success with a gift certificate to a cat cafe! Find a cat cafe convenient to your student on our map and directory. Most cafes having flexible offerings, running from $10 and up. An increasing number of cat cafes are offering membership options. Gift certificates and memberships usually transfer electonically so you can easily surprise your student when they need it most  -right meow!

There is also a lot of unique cat swag available at cat cafes, sure to delight any cat lover on your list. Many cafes have online stores so you can shop right from home; see list of some in this blog post or just check your fave cafe’s website. And you can feel good knowing that the proceeds from your purchases go directly to help kitties find furever homes.

DIY Finals Stress Buster: Watch Cat Videos

What if you don’t have a cat cafe near you to melt your stress away? Good news! Watching cat videos will actually boost your energy and positive emotions, and lessen negative feelings. So says a study by Indiana University researchers. That’s right: watching cat videos online actually improves your  mood. The research suggests that internet cats may actually be a form of pet therapy. Try it!


Don’t you feel better already?

We wish all students the very best of success in finals, and the coming new year!

Did we miss a great cat cafe to study at? A good Finals deal? Please drop a comment and we’ll get them added!


    • Right?! There are actually two cat cafes in Seattle: Neko and Meowtropolitan. Know you can use the search on our homepage to find a cat cafe near you-either in our Cat Cafe Guide or on the Cat cafe map!

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