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Greensburg cafe offers cat and kitten cuteness, with a coffee chaser

Mary Pickels
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Mary Kay Smalich (left), and her grandmother Marion Smalich, both of West Newton, plays with Lilian the cat, during the second day of operations at the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Arlo the Dalmatian, sleeps on his bean bag chair at the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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The Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Maggie Miller (left), and Colt Guthrie, both of Uniontown, enjoy playing with the kittens during the second day of operations at the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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The Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Mary Kay Smalich (left), and her grandmother Marion Smalich, both of West Newton, plays with Lilian the cat, during the second day of operations at the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Katelynn Jones, president of Wayward Whiskers Animal Rescue, and owner with husband Rob Jones of Cattfeinated Cat Cafe, cuddles a kitten available to visit and adopt.
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The Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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The Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Katelynn Jones (left), and her husband Rob, owners of the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, pose for a portrait on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.
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Mary Kay Smalich (left), and her grandmother Marion Smalich, both of West Newton, plays with Lilian the cat, during the second day of operations at the Cattfeinated Cat Cafe in Greensburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

On its second day of business, Greensburg’s new Cattfeinated Cat Cafe is quickly filling with customers, many of whom are immediately drawn to the cat “lounges.”

The cafe offers baked goods from Peinetti’s in Jeannette and coffee drinks in three sizes — kitten, queen and tom.

“Everything is made off-site, fresh daily, pre-packaged,” says Katelynn Jones, who owns the cafe with her husband, Rob Jones.

Visitors can shop for locally crafted items in the “cat-ique,” also accessible to everyone. Separated by glass doors, the kitten and cat visitation areas clearly are the main lure.

“It’s been a pretty steady stream. It’s fantastic,” Katelynn Jones says.

The Joneses hope that the cafe, located at 159 E. Otterman St. (formerly Shalimar Bazaar), will result in more foster and permanent homes for rescue cats.

Katelynn Jones is president of Wayward Whiskers Animal Rescue, a volunteer-run Greensburg cat rescue. The couple started the rescue, which is operated through foster homes, in 2015.

“Our area has an overwhelmingly large unwanted cat population. We probably receive 10 to 20 calls a day,” she says, from people seeking placement for cats and kittens. Jones says the rescue has 200 cats in its care.

Because cats can be skittish, and cat lovers can be a little over eager, there are some rules for meeting the cats. Included are that visitors must sign a waiver, agree to let sleeping cats nap, and not feed or pick them up. “Not everyone likes to be picked up. It’s at your own discretion, if a cat jumps in your lap,” Jones says.

Maggie Miller, 21, and Colt Guthrie, 26, both of Uniontown, petted cats and snapped photos during their first visit on Tuesday.

A cat rescuer and owner, Miller says she saw the cafe’s opening on social media.

Volunteer Ginette Simpson, 63, of New Alexandria, is excited to spend time with the cats.

“I lost my kitty a year ago at (age) 19. If I can help this way, interact and get my kitty fix,” she says, smiling at Lillian, an especially friendly feline.

“We always need foster homes. That’s our number one need,” Jones says.

“This is something we have been thinking about for a couple of years now. My husband and I visited another (cat) cafe and thought, ‘Wow, what a great idea,’” Jones says.

“We have been looking for a place for a year or two. We want to keep it here,” the Hempfield resident says.

The cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can spend time with the cats at the rate of $7 per hour, $5 for 30 minutes and $3 for 15 minutes, with the entrance fee supporting the nonprofit. Time slots can be booked online, with walk-ins welcome if time periods are available.

Those interested can begin the adoption application process. The fee is $100 for one cat, $160 for two adopted together.

Available cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and microchipped, she says. Three applications were submitted within the first 24 hours.

“That’s our ultimate goal, to increase adoptions and educate people about homeless cats,” Jones says.

Details: 878-214-8075 or greensburgcatcafe.com

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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