North Carolina Cat Cafes

North Carolina is one of the leading states for cat cafes in the country! There are now fifteen North Carolina cat cafes. By the numbers, the TarHeel state ranks in the top five cat cafe states,  just behind Florida, Pennsylvania, and California. 2023 added five wonderful new cafes. In 2024, the new Purrfect Pour Cat Cafe opened in Lincolnton, located in the northeast Charlotte metro area. The May 2024 opening of the new downtown Salisbury location of Mac Tabby Cat Cafe makes Mac Tabby the 1st cat cafe in the country with 3 locations! Each Mac Tabby location is in a historic North Carolina setting with unique, local features.

The ambitious cat enthusiast could quite possibly visit a number cat cafes in one day. We suggest however a more leisurely tour, because, well, you could easily spend a whole day at each one! 


While all of the North Carolina cat cafes are in the business of saving and adopting cats, no two are the same. Some are fancy, some are homey. All are fabulous.

Beyond cat cafes, North Carolina is home to wildly unique American Museum of the House Cat, tucked away in the Western North Carolina mountain town of Sylva. Yes, they have real, live cats too -see more details below.

North Carolina Cat Cafes

Asheville:  Cats at Play Cafe 

Asheville: House of Black Cat Magic 

Carthage: Kitten Around Cat Lounge

Chapel Hill:  Cat Tales Cat Cafe

Charlotte:   Mac Tabby Cat Cafe

Concord:  Mac Tabby Cat Cafe

Fuquay-Varina:  Right Meow Cat Cafe  

Gastonia:  Cool Beans Cat Cafe

Greensboro:   Crooked Tail Cat Cafe

Lenoir:  Brews and Mews Cafe

Lincolnton:  The Purrfect Pour Cat Cafe  **New**

Raleigh:  Purr Cup Cat Cafe 

Salisbury:  Mac Tabby Cat Cafe  **NEW**

Wake Forest:  Frabjous Catfe 

Winston-Salem: Crooked Tail Cat Cafe

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Not a Cat Cafe: The American Museum of the House Cat

No discussion of North Carolina cat destinations would be complete without special mention of The American Museum of the House Cat. That’s right, a cat museum. This a one of a kind educational, historical, multimedia art collection devoted to cats! The museum is the creation of Dr. Harold Sims, who also found the local Catman2 Shelter (by appointment only). The modest entry-fee to the museum helps support the cats.

North Carolina: Daily Mews **Permanently Closed**

Daily Mews, Charlotte The Daily Mews has announced it will be permanently closing its doors at the end of March 2024. Their final day will be March 31. After 6 years, nearly 600 cats adopted to furever homes, and immeasurable joy, the Daily Mews will leave pawprints on the heart of Charlotte.  Wishing the wonderful…

North Carolina: Cat Tales Cat Cafe **NEW! Now Open**

Cat Tales Cat Cafe, Chapel Hill  

North Carolina: Crooked Tail Cat Cafe

Crooked Tail Cat Cafe, Greensboro

North Carolina: Purr Cup Cafe

Purr Cup Cafe, Raleigh     The first  Raleigh cat cafe Purr Cup Cafe is truly the cat’s meow!  Since getting started with pop-up events, Purr Cup Cafe has quickly become a Raleigh hidden gem since opening in their doors in 2020. What to Expect: Drink Coffee, Pet Cats, Save Lives Purr Cup Cafe/FB Sounds…

North Carolina: Mac Tabby

Mac Tabby, Charlotte