The Abbot Kitty Lounge is a small, comfortable space inside of Paws & Whiskers Pet Spa on Main St. in Santa Monica, Ca., and is independently operated by Los Angeles Meow Salvage kitten & cat rescue. Our primary function is to provide a place for people to come and meet our rescue kittens & cats for possible adoption… but our second purpose is as a spot for people (18 & older) to come in, relax, and just hang around the kitties.
As a non-profit animal rescue, we operate solely on donations – so for entrance to The Abbot Kitty Lounge we ask for a modest donation, 100% of which goes to the rescue, medical care, fostering & food for our furry little angels.
Here are a few details about The Abbot Kitty Lounge:
Live Streaming Video: We focus on rescuing pregnant stray & shelter cats. We have live-streamed kitten births for the past 4 years. When we have a pregnant mama kitty, we keep a camera on her before, during and after delivery. We also have several other cameras inside the lounge showing our nursery, and our current kittens & cats.
Kittens if the front window + video monitor: If you have kids that aren’t old enough to come into the lounge, we have adorable kittens right in our front window for them to see and enjoy, and we also have a TV monitor in the front window that streams the nursery cam and other live video feeds from inside the location so they can see the kittens & cats and all of their precocious cuteness.
Comfy chairs to relax & sit for a spell: We have 4 nice big comfy seats for you to sit down and relax in… so feel free to bring a laptop if you want to attempt to get some work done, or browse the interwebs while you hang out with our critters.
Wee-Fee: How the cool kids refer to Wi-Fi.
Legal Waiver: Anyone wishing to enter The Abbot Kitty Lounge *must* fill out some paperwork and sign our legal waiver. You must be 18 or older to enter. (Yes, we know it is wonderful to see the kittens scampering around, and watch the bottle babies being fed… but because we are an animal rescue we unfortunately cannot let anyone under the age of 18 visit inside with the cats. We know it is a bummer for the kids, but as an animal rescue we operate under conditions in the best and safest interests of the animals and those who visit – which are different than pet stores and petting zoos. Our goal is to find homes for the cats and kittens, so we allow those legally able to adopt to enter the lounge. We appreciate your understanding…)
A few things to be mindful of….
- Please be calm and QUIET.
- Most of the cats are available for adoption, please see our current kitty info list for more information.
- DO NOT pick up the cats, for any reason. (Talk to one of our staff if you would like a closer encounter)
- Leave the cats to roam and come to you. Feel free to call them over or coax them with a toy but do not pull the cats from any space under a chair or from sitting or walking.
- Do not hit the cats with toys, or taunt them aggressively.
- Do not disturb a cat while it is sleeping.
- Never grab a cat by the scruff of the neck.
- When seated, if a cat wants to jump on your lap or sit near you it is up to you to allow it, but please do not place a cat on your lap.
- Cats like to be petted gently. They are easily overstimulated and as a result can scratch or bite so please be aware of what kind of interaction the cat is interested in, not the kind that you are interested in 🙂 .
- Do not feed the cats.
- Do not push the cats off the chairs or move the cats with your feet.
- Do not enter the nursery without being escorted or instructed.
- NEVER TOUCH BLOSSOM!!! (Blossom is one of our very special kittehs. She is 19 and came to us two and a half years ago when she was abandoned by her owner. She hates everything, and although she sometimes tolerates a gentle head-pet … she can swipe and bite at you if you cross her zone of safety. As inviting as it may look, please just leave her be… she’s happy just to sit and watch and be grumpy, or sleep 🙂
- Although you may have cats and feel you have experience with cats, we put the care, safety and best interests of our kitties first… even if it ruins your selfie.