Pounce Cat Cafe

Pounce Cat Cafe, Charleston: Hours, Address, Pounce Cat Cafe Reviews: 5/5

Pounce Cat Cafe
5
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Pounce Cat Cafe is a cozy lounge where you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, sip on wine or craft beer, snack on delicious pastries, and cuddle with adorable cats and kittens. All of the kitties at the cafe are rescue cats provided by Charleston Animal Society and are all up for adoption. Reservation to visit are HIGHLY recommended!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kelsey
1 contribution
A wonderful place & a great cause! Must visit for any animal lover!
Friendly staff and COVID safety was considered for humans and animals.Exceptionally clean environment. The cafe offered some included drinks and inexpensive yet tasty alcoholic options. We added the cat whisperer package upon making reservations(make sure to make a reservation online) so we got a toy, catnip, and treats to use during our visit. I would highly recommend adding this- the cats love playing with you and getting those treats!
Overall a great way to spend an hour with some friends and some beautiful cats. This place also helps to socialize these cats and allows people to interact with cats that are adoptable and spread the word to help them find homes.
Written September 7, 2021
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Angela H
Charleston, SC23 contributions
Friends
I have 3 cats at home and I live in Charleston but I still come to Pounce for some RnR when I’m downtown. The $15 is just my donation to the cause and I get to hang out in a cool place for an hour petting and playing with kitties. Some are feisty, some are sweet, some are just sleeping the whole time. If you are offended when you get scratched or bit, you probably shouldn’t come in for a visit. Cats will be cats and it’s going to happen.

The staff are great; they keep the place clean and the kitties taken care of. If you have a reservation and you know the rules they’re great with people too! But if you don’t check out the website FIRST and just walk in questioning/demanding information, no...they don’t have time for that. They’re trying to keep the cats safe and the place clean. When a group comes in that doesn’t all fit in the entrance and the door is being held open they are probably going to be treated in a very curt manner and abruptly asked to leave so the cats don’t escape! The no kids under 12 rule isn’t unreasonable either. I’m a mother and I used to work in childcare. Young kids are bad, unruly, and not always very gentle. (Of course not YOUR child🙄) Sorry not sorry.

This place is all about the cats and getting them adopted to the best humans is what is most important. It’s not about dumb people or their feeling getting hurt. My advice: just go on the website first and READ IT, make a reservation, don’t be rude, and just enjoy your visit ♥️
Written March 28, 2021
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Savannah H
1 contribution
This was extremely fun! I have been a few times around when it first opened. I enjoyed it then and did now thanks to the friendly staff and how well the cats are taken care of. I brought along my sister, boyfriend, and roommate who all have never been before and they all loved the experience as well. My roommate takes in foster cats all the time and said she could tell that the cats are very well taken care of and loved as well. There were two new cats who were still adjusting to the environment but the staff handled it wonderfully when they got a little scared of people.

For future first timers, I highly recommend that you do an online reservation instead of walk-ins as it can get booked very quickly throughout the day during Charleston's tourist season especially.
I also recommend that you remain patient and remember that this is a café. The cats can and will get tired and want alone time. There is no harm in letting them be for a couple of minutes while you and friends sit down and chat or pick up any of the books they have laying around in the café while you wait for them to reenergize, eat or go to the litter box.
Written May 14, 2022
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soltarread
Denver, CO6 contributions
So disappointed in this experience...The cafe itself was set up nicely, the cats were friendly and social, and the bartender was very friendly. Very nice concept. The issue our group had was with the front desk. The short of a long story, our cat experience was arranged by our adult kids as an adventure for the mystery trip they sent us on. We didn't know where we were going until we opened an envelope that day. Reservations were made for a group of 6 and a group of 4 for the same time, Pounce Cafe made and accepted the reservations. When 10 of us walked in together, the negative tone was set. The front desk gal was apparently caught off guard. We weren't aware that walking in as 6, then 4 following behind would have been acceptable, walking in as 10 was not. The majority of our group went into the room with the bar, only a couple stayed in the room with the cats, and there were no other visitors there, just our group. I was going back to the front desk, to volunteer to have some more of our group wait in the bar or go outside, when the front desk gal lit into me about how we scammed them about the size of our group. Our group consisted of 62-67 yr olds, we were not a belligerent, crass group. A professional conversation could have easily remedied and deescalated the situation. The front desk gal was so angry, rude, unprofessional and made sure we knew we were not welcome, so we decided it best we leave. Sad representation for The Pounce Cafe
Written November 3, 2021
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Lisa H
2 contributions
Lots of great kitties to meet, and such a great idea that all the kitties are available for adoption. We had a good time playing with and petting the cats, and would definitely recommend a visit. They limit the amount of people in at one time which helps avoid overstimulating the cats. As cat lovers, this was a must on our list to do in Charleston!
Written June 27, 2022
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Katie C
6 contributions
Family
I brought my daughter and her friend to visit and play with the cats, and we had a marvellous time. It seemed like cats were popping out of hidey-holes all over the place, and we loved all the clever setups including wall shelving pathways leading to a ceiling catwalk that looked like coffered ceiling beams. Cats who didn't want to be messed with had fun peaking down at everyone from a secure spot. Lots of cats were napping, but enough were awake and interested in treats we had plenty of company.

Tips:
1. Make an appointmemt online.
2. Kids have to be 12 or older.
3. Buy the cat treat package for $10 and you will be popular.
Written August 6, 2022
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MaryJaneND
Blackwood, NJ155 contributions
Couples
We stopped by Pounce one afternoon. It was $10 per person for 30 minutes with the kitties. They manage how many visitors can be inside at one time. There were about 10-12 young cats, 8-9 months old. We enjoyed playing and petting the cats. Beverages are available. Most impressive is that they have placed over 1,100 cats for adoption in three years. Stop in for a little fun and support a good cause.
Written January 11, 2020
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Debbie P
Cordele, GA489 contributions
Couples
What a perfect way to raise money for the cats and get the kitties some extra love! For a small fee, Pounce allows you to play and visit with the current resident cats up for adoption. The back of the room is separated and offers cozy, comfortable seating in a bar area offering wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverages. The cats have a marvelous place to play and live in a safe environment. I love this concept! It was so nice to be able to be around some friendly cats while out of town.
Written December 4, 2020
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Dara G
1 contribution
Couples
We really enjoyed the cafe, until we decided to adopt a cat. We are only here today which is today January 6 and 7th. Which is a Thursday and Friday we leave at 12 tomorrow but offered to stay later in the day. but have to go to back to work Saturday. We put a request to adopt and was denied because they only adopt out on Mondays. So sad. We were told the owners are very strict and will not allow it. So sad a good cat would of went to a great family. But I was told I could come back Monday. People work, sorry I was doing a good think to adopt and was denied because of a certain day. So sad. Wish they would of changed their minds. People don’t have as much freedom than others to just come back 2 hours when you own two businesses.
Written January 6, 2022
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maggie927409
West Chester, PA5 contributions
Couples
I would highly recommend a visit to the pounce cat cafe for anyone that wants to enjoy some interactive cat time. It was a wonderful way to sip your favorite beverage while petting and playing with purrrfectly happy cats. I was amazed at the cleanliness of this place and the exceptionally friendly staff. Each cat had beautiful silky fur, so they were obviously well cared for. One person adopted a cat while we were there, and we all cheered! This experience was the purrfect start to our Charleston adventure and put a smile on our faces. It gave us memories to cherish, and I would definitely go back again! I will be telling all my friends and family about this fantastic experience for years to come. Thank you so much!!
Written January 5, 2020
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Pounce Cat Cafe is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM