Christina Ha joins Stacy again (having been interviewed by Stacy in CCP episode 144 and episode 245), this time to discuss the third annual Cat Camp event, to be held this June 1 and 2 in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Christina, who is one of the co-founders of Meow Parlour cat café, founded Cat Camp in 2017 as a resource for the many people who were asking her about how they could help cats and learn more about them. Cat Camp is for anyone who likes cats, whether you’re a cat owner who wants to learn more about your pet, a shelter or rescue worker or volunteer, or just someone who thinks Cat Camp sounds interesting. Basically, Christina tells Stacy, “If you love cats, we’ll have something for you this weekend.” In past years, between 2,000 and 3,000 people have attended Cat Camp each year, and this year looks like it will be just as well attended, with people from 30 states and 9 countries having already purchased tickets. This year’s speakers include many previous CCP guests, including Jackson Galaxy, “Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw, Nikki Martinez, and Dr. Mikel Delgado, plus many more. This year, Cat Camp is really “leaning in” to the “camp” theme, with speakers (aka “camp counselors”) also holding small-scale “counseling” sessions on more in-depth topics. Attendees will be able to ask the experts directly about the topics at hand. Understandably, these sessions sold out immediately! Cat Camp will also have tons of vendors this year, with offerings from jewelry to veterinary advice. In addition, Meow Parlour will be setting up an onsite cat café at the event for the first time. Cat Camp has also partnered with ASPCA this year to offer TNR certification during the event. Earning your certification will get you access to free spay/neuter for trapped cats through the ASPCA’s program! To learn more or buy your tickets, visit the Cat Camp website—and be sure to stop by the CCP booth at Cat Camp to say hi to Kristen (our technical cat) and get some CCP swag!
Do you like coffee? Sweets? Cats? If so, tune in to this week’s episode of Animal Instinct with host Celia Kutcher who is chatting with Emilie Legrand, the ‘catrepreneur’ and co-founder of New York City’s first cat cafe, Meow Parlour. Celia gets the scoop on the city’s hottest new cafe, asking how they were able to bring this idea to life considering hurdles from the Department of Health, how exactly the cat interaction works, and a description of their adoption process if patrons want to take a cat home. Emilie explains that from one cat to another how they tend to adapt to the unique space and socialize with customers. After the break, Emilie shares that Meow Parlour does allow children on a special schedule and that the cats get every Wednesday off, as the cafe is closed. Check out the rest of the episode to hear all about Meow Parlour! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA. “Very early in the process we contacted the Department of Health, so we have two different store fronts, one with that cats and one with the bakery… We are not preparing or serving food in the [cat] space.” [4:20] “Sometimes we have people who say ‘I think I’m allergic to cats. I want to come check if I’m really allergic.’ Good thing we have a really good pharmacy around the corner!” [23:55] —Emilie Legrand on Animal Instinct