The Cat House

The Cat House, Rosamond: Hours, Address, The Cat House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Cat House
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This is a small non-profit exotic feline breeding center about 1 hour north of Los Angeles which houses over 70 exotic endangered cats.
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New Orleans, LA2 contributions
Jan 2020
We found this place after searching online to find out where in the US we could see Snow Leopards - my son's favorite animal. Well what luck that we were able to visit The Cat House soon afterward. It is a great spot and did not disappoint. So many types of big cats, mostly endangered, are housed here. You can see them pretty close up, which is really cool. In the "cooler months" they feed the animals a bit after 2, so that is a good time to plan your visit. Also, bring a few dollars to spend in the gift shop, which is well stocked and reasonably priced.
Written January 29, 2020
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Walnut Creek, CA15 contributions
May 2022
The Cat House is a well maintained feline breeding center. It's a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip. Informative environment, well laid out, very friendly staff. I only wish the cat confines were larger and that there were more cats to see. Otherwise, well worth the detour.
Written May 8, 2022
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Clinton, MS36 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
My family and I visited the Exotic Cat Compound and enjoyed our self-guided walk around the compound to learn about the various cats housed there. Each enclosure displayed the name of the cat and their origins. The compound is located in the heart of Antelope Valley, but lush trees and grass greeted us the moment we walked through the gate creating a peaceful atmosphere. The price was very reasonable and guests can go through the compound at their pace.
Written March 17, 2021
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San Diego, CA433 contributions
Feb 2013 • Business
A worthy stop for cat lovers. They probably have the biggest selection of cats that you can see in any one place anywhere. Lots of rarely seen in zoo cats like, Persian Leopards, North Chinese Leopards, Jaguarundi, Geoffrey's Cat, etc. Not elaborate exhibits, but all the cats appear happy and healthy.
Written March 26, 2013
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Maine20 contributions
Jul 2011
The Cat House is one of the few animal attractions at which you can get VERY close to the big cats! I was trying to find something to do with a teenager that was visiting us in that area, and since he is an animal person we decided to check this out. It is a small facility, and won't take you long to see, but if you've never seen the yellows of a leopard's eyes up close, it's worth going. Be sure to ask questions to the volunteers working- it's a more interesting visit if you get a little history about the cats and the facility. They also have a few special events each year that cat lovers would really enjoy. It's $5 for adults, they have a small gift shop, and it's a good way to support a cause and spend an afternoon. Lots of information on their website at
Written July 28, 2011
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California35 contributions
I pre purchased tickets to the Twilight Tour for September, 2010. I was told that they limited the number of tickets and that it would be an intimate behind-the-scenes tour, with few people and lots of interesting events, including feeding time and talks/discussions.
Imagine my surprise when we arrived on time--to be met with TOUR BUS after TOUR BUS full of people. The parking lots were overfull and they were parking people in the middle of the desert. The cars were lined up for blocks trying to get in. They continued to sell the tickets at the door (they definitely did NOT limit the number, and continued selling until after we finally left because it was so ridiculously full of people).
They had booths selling food and raffles of items ranging from body soaps to clothing (how does this fit in with an intimate Twilight Tour?). There were SO many people, you couldn't see anything, and in some areas, it was so claustrophobic with the vast numbers of people--you couldn't even MOVE. I was on crutches and finally gave up trying to see anything. I wasn't the only one who gave up and just found a place to sit on the ground (there were no chairs to sit on).
I feel SO ripped off by this place. I believe that if you want to see what they have to offer, then just go on a regular weekday. Don't bother waiting for the Twilight Tour unless you want to be frustrated. We were there for a couple of hours and every one of us in our group finally just had "had enough" and we left. As I said earlier, they were still selling tickets and cars were still trying to get in to park as we left.
The people working the parking lot were notably upset, saying that the owners advertised the event in the AAA Travel Magazine without telling anyone, hence the line of tourbusses. Their greediness sure ruined the night for me and my friends, that's for sure.
Written October 4, 2010
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Pasadena, CA3 contributions
Wow - my experience at the same twilight tour was totally different. My friends and I got there a little late (closer to 6pm), and got our tickets at the door. Even though it was crowded, and the parking lot did look very full, people working in the lots efficiently found a spot for us - I feel like I've had worse experiences at places like Disneyland or the LA County fair. (plus parking was free!)
We were able to see a lot of the cats up close - and volunteers near the cages were very helpful in explaining why cats were behaving the way they were (ripping up phone books) and what their habits/characteristics were. Some of the animals were more popular than others, so there was a bigger crowd near them, but we kept moving, and were able to see the entire zoo. It was quite incredible seeing the bigger cats from a few feet away - they are humongous. Other people who work at the zoo willingly answered any question the public had about the cats. We watched in amusement as one of the smaller cats tried to catch goldfish in a little pool (it was getting really frustrated after every failed attempt), and another garfield-like cat just sat and stared at the public. The jaguars were absolutely gorgeous.
The zoo is definitely worth checking out - I've only been there during a twilight tour, so I can't say if it would be better or worse at any other time of the year. I went to the zoo to see exotic animals, and I was able to do that. The beautiful surroundings, the clear night sky, and sharing the amazement with other people just as interested in these animals made the experience a lot better.
Yes - it was quite busy, but seriously - we live in So Cal, and this was a special night in the year with great weather. I wasn't aware that tickets were supposed to be limited, but I was glad I was able to get in with my friends after driving almost an hour and a half to get to the zoo.
Written November 11, 2010
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Arizona29 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
Don't be misled by the name - this is a breeding center for exotic cats. They have everything from the world's largest cat (Amur Tiger) to the world's smallest (Black footed cat - 2-5 pounds fully grown!)

The cats are easy to see, and there are plenty of volunteers and staff on hand who are happy to answer all your questions.

They are helping to keep many endangered species alive. They receive no outside funding and only charge $7 for admission.

They deserve your support and, equally important, it's a wonderful experience, especially if you're a cat lover like me.

By the way, the picture is my wife - she's better looking thank me!
Written February 23, 2015
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Southern California121 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
I am a volunteer here at EFBC's Feline Conservation Center. Not only that our facility is amazing to volunteer at but we take conservation efforts serious for these beautiful wild felines. We house a total of 71 wild cats ranging from tigers to sand cats. Granted, not all of the cats will be on display to the general public however, we do offer 3 Twilight Tours (adults 18+ only) a year where the entire compound is open for viewing of the cats.
Written September 14, 2013
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Davis, CA28 contributions
Dec 2012 • Family
The best part about this place is that you are able to get very close to the animals, much closer than at a zoo. An added bonus is that they have peacocks roaming freely on the property, so not only do you get to see exotic cats but you can get a close-up view of these beautiful birds as well!

The place isn't very big and can be covered within an hour if you keep moving along. If you take your time, 1 1 /2 hours - 2 hours should suffice to see the animals and visit the gift shop.

As indicated on their website, this place has many animals but only some are available for viewing. To ensure you'll get to see the most, try to attend during feeding time, but call ahead to find out when that will be. I timed our visit based on a review that said feeding time was early afternoon, only to find that it was going to be late afternoon. It was too cold to hang around another hour for feeding time so we didn't get to see as many animals as we would have liked to. But, a worthwhile visit nonetheless!
Written March 3, 2013
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