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The Cat’s Meow: La Gattara will be the first cat cafe in Phoenix


By Madison Rutherford , College Times| on September 9, 2016 Melissa Pruitt was 25 the first and only time she met her father. It wasn’t until after he died that she found out they shared a mutual love for cats. “He was the ‘cat guy’ in town, he saved all of the cats, he [...]

Opening a cat café requires purr-suasion


Jul 6, 2016, 10:26am MST Revised Date/Time Publish Updated Jul 6, 2016, 4:47pm MST by Cassidy Trowbridge, Editorial Intern, Phoenix Business Journal Melissa Pruitt believes a cat café in Tempe would be purr-fect. Her concept, La Gattara, would allow customers to buy coffee, wine or beer while enjoying the company of cats up for adoption. The idea [...]

Happening ‘meow’: Phoenix cat cafe launches Kickstarter to find location


Amanda Etchison, The Republic | 11:23 a.m. MST June 15, 2016 A proposed Phoenix-area cat cafe has launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of finding the "purr-fect" location. La Gattara Cat Cafe & Wine Bar, the feline-friendly business idea of Melissa Pruitt, 39, of Tempe, launched its Kickstarter campaign on Friday, June 10, with the goal [...]

LaGattara Cat Cafe- By Elizabeth Parra- Guest Blogger ASU


They first appeared in trendsetting Tokyo, then in big cities like New York and San Francisco and now Arizona cat lovers can rejoice as cat cafes are finally making appearances in Phoenix. The history of cat cafes begins in Asia in 1998 where at that time, they only served a therapeutic purpose. In highly populated [...]

The Claim Jumper Kitten


It was July 2011 and I saw a post on a facebook animal rescue group I was a part of that there was a kitten in terrible shape at the Claim Jumper in Tempe.  The post read: " can someone please go try to trap this kitten, you can see it's bones and just pitiful [...]

Cat litter is $#&*@%$ expensive!


Cat litter is one of those things you just can't go without. Unless your cat is super cool and has learned how to use the toilet! When you have multiple cats, it gets even tougher to wait another week on buying cat litter. About two years ago, I just doubled my personal cats, and buying [...]

I was born with the love of cats in my blood


Well hello LaGattara Friends!  This is my first blog post!  I'm pretty excited!  I have so many things I want to talk about (well about cats... of course) and I can't wait to share with you.  So this first blog I want to just share a little about my story with you. I always say [...]

La Gattara Cat Cafe coming to Scottsdale


Carey Sweet, Special for The Republic 5:03 p.m. MST August 21, 2015 The world needs more cat cafes, Melissa Pruitt believes, her vision inspired by the phenomenon that began in Taiwan in 1988 and recently spread to U.S. cities like Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and so many others that there is now an [...]

A feline first: Cat café coming to the Valley


Posted July 25, 2015 by Lauren Holly Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide. These “cat cafés” have become such a trend [...]