La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique is a relaxing place to hang out with some cool cats, play cards, cats, listen to music, cats, use free wifi, cats, read books, cats, play a board game, cats, paint a cat, cats, and yoga with cats! Did I mention hang out with cats?


Cat cafes originated in Taiwan, with the first cafe opening in 1998. Japan quickly picked up the concept as well due to their small living conditions. The trend spread throughout Asia and Europe and eventually made its way to the U.S. and into our hearts.

Missy Pruitt – Owner

Melissa has been a rescuer of cats since she was a little girl. The rescue and foster genes are in her blood as her father, a sheriff of a small town in Illinois, was always one to feed, rescue and find homes to stray alley cats.

Pruitt’s inspiration to take action came from Adam Myatt and Anne Dunn, the owners of Cat Town, the United States’ very first cat café in Oakland. After paying a visit, Melissa immediately knew that this is what she wanted to do. She loved the idea that cats can get out of the stressful environment of a shelter, and into a safe place where they can roam free, relax, and receive healthy attention.

Caitlin Bennie

Amanda Rief

Elise Rathke – Yoga & Meowditation Instructor

Yoga Instructor Elise Rathke, MEd, RDN, RYT is a certified yoga instructor who teaches classes that integrate mindful movement and breath. Elise is trained in several types of yoga including Hatha, Restorative, Yin, and Nidra.

She loves how refreshed and balanced yoga makes her feel and hopes her students will feel the same after taking one of her classes. She emphasizes that yoga is for all ages, body types, and levels of experience. Yoga is fun, and doing it with cats makes it even more fun because the cats participate too! It’s purrrrrrrfect!


La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique strives to provide an extraordinary, customer-friendly atmosphere where guests can enjoy the therapeutic presence of adoptable cats. By facilitating quality purrsonality matches in a stress-free environment, La Gattara aims to find each cat their furrever home without the pressure of typical adoption facilities.

La Gattara ultimately seeks to provide a safe place for humans and cats to have nothing but Peace, Love, and Meow!