We know that everyone struggles with mental health and stress at times...
Which is why we've created a warm and relaxing space for you to bond with cats, where you can forget about your worries and brighten your mood!
Here’s how we do it:
1. Visit the Cat Forest
2. Connect with one (or more) of our friendly cats
3. Leave feeling rejuvenated and calm
3. Repeat whenever you need a pick-me-up
Book a visit now so you can stop feeling stressed and disconnected, and instead, feel rejuvenated from the pure love and healing the cats share with you.
Plus, while you're enjoying yourself, you're also helping rescue cats.
Human interaction and play helps to socialize and rehabilitate our rescue kitties, so that they can find the right adopter.
So you can make a difference, while making purrfect new memories!
How to Book
Reservations are highly recommended due to our reduced capacity.
Please read the following page before booking, to make sure everything goes smoothly!
1. Read our safety guidelines, rules and disclaimers
Read the full page to including the Cat Forest Rules and our Covid-19 safety rules, along with important booking information and disclaimers.
2. Select your admission option
For health and safety reasons our capacity is now 4 - 8 people. We now offer one option of a 50 minute visit for $18 per person.
3. Select number of admissions needed
Please book for the number of people in your party. Enter number of people under 'Number of Admissions.'
4. Pick the date and time
Select the date and then choose from the available timeslots.
5. Complete your booking
Make sure you're logged into your Paw Pass loyalty account so you can earn points on your admission purchase.
Sign up here for free.
6. Bonus step - feed a cat a treat!
Donate $3+ to help us feed and care for the kitties, and in return, receive a cat treat on your visit, so you can feed the cats... And we all know food is the way to a cat's heart!
Different donations give you different benefits, and you get to help us continue feeding, caring for and rehoming rescue cats.
Cat Forest Booking Disclaimer
1. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your reservation time to check-in.
2. Please bring your own mask. We can provide a mask if you don't have one.
3. Please wear/bring your own socks. We have disposable socks available if you forget.
4. If anyone in your group requires special accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before purchasing tickets.
5. We do not allow children under 5 years old (including infants) in the Cat Forest. Children 5 to 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. There must be at least one adult over 18 for every one child.
Cat Forest Booking Disclaimer (continued)
We take every possible measure to ensure you have an enjoyable experience, while also keeping the cats safe. All cats are carefully selected and have gone through medical testing and veterinary exams.
Our cats are very friendly, but like any animal there is always the possibility of getting scratched or bitten.
Our Hosts will advise you on the different temperaments of our cats so you know how to best play and engage with each cat.
Catoro Cafe is not responsible or liable for any injury or possible health concerns of guests who enter the Cat Forest caused by the cats.
Cancellations & Late Arrivals
Admission is non-refundable should you decide to cancel within 24 hours of your reservation time.
Your spot will be held for a maximum of 15 minutes from the reservation time before it becomes available to the public for walk-ins and your admission will be non-refundable .
Rules and Safety
Cats have sharp nails and teeth. Although we have carefully selected the most socially compatible cats to place in the cat forest, there is always still a risk of injury when playing with cats.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands before entering the cat room.
We have a strict feeding schedule and diet plan for all our cats. They may not eat any food or treats brought in from the outside.
We have small treats available for purchase if you want to feed the cats yourself.
Please remain calm and quiet around feeding cats. Do not disturb them or try to feed them yourself. Our cats have been brought from sometimes stressful living situations and our goal is to rehabilitate all of our cats to be calm and social companions.
Be gentle and respectful when playing with cats. You may pet the cats. If they wish to be closer to you, they may jump on your lap (if you're lucky!)
The same rules apply as above. Please do not disturb a cat that is sleeping.
Photos are definitely allowed but absolutely no flash is to be used. You can tag @catoropets on Instagram for a chance to have your photo's featured.
The cat forest is a QUIET ZONE. Please use your inside voice!
No running is allowed in the cat forest and no chasing after cats. This is the cats’ home and they are free to go wherever they please. Do not hold them down or restrict their freedom of movement in any way.
Children 5 to 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult (maximum one children per adult).
We do not allow children age 4 and under in the cat lounge. Please supervise your child at all times.
Staff at Catoro may issue a warning if any rules are not being followed. If you or your children continue to break our rules, our staff will ask you to kindly exit the cat room.
-Guests are recommended to wear a face mask or covering while inside Catoro Cafe. Masks can be provided if requested.
-Guests aged 13+ will be required to show Proof of Vaccination upon check-in for Cat Forest Visits. For more information please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
-Guests will be reminded to maintain at least 6ft of distance from other guests not part of their own group.
-Guests will be required to answer pre-screening questions prior to booking their Cat Forest Visit.
-Guests will be offered hand sanitizer or a hand wash station prior to entering the cafe and Cat Forest.
-All tables, chairs, and high touch surfaces will be disinfected each hour.
-Card readers will be disinfected for each use.
Making a Difference
Some shelters are cold and sad to see, but at Catoro we offer a positive and uplifting perspective on adopting a rescue cat. Our cats run free and can express their unique personalities! This also helps to rehabilitate many cats that were previously anti-social or had other personality challenges.
We offer a central and accessible location for rescue cats to be housed while waiting for adoption, and we've found homes for over 600 cats since opening in 2019!
Time around cats can help with relieving stress, anxiety and depression. In our busy day-to-day lives, petting a cat or one sitting on your lap can be a moment of calm that rejuvenates your soul.
Since opening, we've had over 43,000 Cat Forest visits, with many guests returning regularly for the joy of being around cats. We offer a community space for people who cannot own pets, and anyone who wants to experience the therapeutic powers of animal therapy.