Cat cafe pounces forward in D.C.

A cat. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Is there anything in the world you would be willing to quit your job for?

For Kanchan Singh, 24, it is cats.

Singh worked in finance, but decided that her greater passion was to build the first cat cafe in D.C.

It's a project that has been in the works since September, but just this week Singh jumped a major hurdle with zoning approval.

"I went to one in Thailand and that is when I got the idea, that is what inspired Crumbs and Whiskers," said Singh.

Singh is proud to have five cats and hopes her cat cafe encourages would-be cat owners to adopt.

"We get the animals out of a shelter and put them in the cafe, which becomes their home and it is more playful and interesting," said Singh.

Singh said the cafe will serve as a boarding space for about 10 to 15 cats from the Washington Humane Society. All of the cats will be available for adoption.

"It is a great way for us to reach out to the community and it is a great way to get our cats and animals exposure," said Zenit Chughtai, online communications specialist for the Washington Humane Society.

Singh is still working with the Department of Health in D.C. to determine how the cafe can hold cats and serve food and drinks.

"We have a backup and we will do food deliveries if all else fails," said Singh.

Also, she is still working out final details of the building lease on O Street in Georgetown.

So far, nearly $30,000 was raised through Kickstarter for the project.

"This takes away all the annoying parts of having pets, but keeps the fun part. I just want them to have fun," said Singh.

A cover charge will be in place to allow customers to visit the cafe. That will be determined at a later date. As for an opening date, Singh said no sooner than this summer.

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