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.

Amanda Rief


Lauren Doyle is an 800 hour certified Yoga Instructor trained in Hatha, Yin, and Prenatal Yoga, as well as Yoga for PTSD and Sacred Sound Healing. Lauren often mixes different aspects of these transformative specialties creating classes that are well-rounded, nurturing, and accessible to every-BODY. Her favorite part of teaching Yoga With Cats is having the ability to use her creativity to bring people and cats together in a space that is loving and beneficial for both people and felines alike! Lauren has been teaching Yoga at the cafe since its opening.

Lee Barlet

Carrie Seay

Carrie has always had a passion for working with animals and began fostering stray and semi-feral cats and kittens with her family at a young age.

She attended Northern Arizona University and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2010. During and after college she worked as a veterinary technician before opening her pet care business, Carrie Pawpins Pet Nanny in 2012. She has continued her education to include a Master’s Degree in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling (MS-CABAC) and the following professional certifications: Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), Fear Free Elite certified professional, PetTech Pet First Aid and CPR Certified Instructor, Low Stress Handling Silver Certification, Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor/Assessor. Carrie is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild Cat Committee.

In 2018, Carrie and Sara opened PHX Animal Behavior Center.

Carrie currently works with the Jackson Galaxy Project and Greater Good in their Cat Pawsitive Program as a Trainer- Mentor teaching shelters to clicker train and work with behavior issues with their cats. Her true passion is educating people about feline behavior and the importance of proper socialization. Carrie has 2 cats, Fiona and Bianca, as well as many client pets and foster cats and kittens that she treats as her own.

Sara Hambleton

Sara Hambleton is the art instructor at La Gattara. She has her own adorable kitty named Pandora. With her two favorite things, cats and art, she’s ready to make some paw-some art!


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!