Thank you for asking this important question. We like small humans and believe it is important for them to learn to like and respect animals from an early age.
Here’s the thing: we know that kittens and cats are fragile. They are small and can be easily overlooked by young children. This is dangerous for both the child and the feline as young children can easily step on or trip and fall over them. Children are naturally exuberant, this is a lovely quality of youth! However, if you have experience with cats, you know that felines prefer slow movements, soft voices and a gentle touch. When kitties get stressed they are very unhappy and become ill or act out to protect themselves.
Children, just like kittens and cats, go through different socialization and developmental stages. For example, children 3-4 years of age are still learning impulse control. Sudden outbursts, or impulsive grabs at a pet might frighten them and cause an adverse, frightened response. Between ages 5-7, children learn empathy and are better equipped to treat cats properly. Sadly, if cats have negative experiences with children during their socialization period, they can develop a lifelong fear of small children. Likewise, if a child has a negative experience with a cat, they can also develop the same type of fear.
We believe our age policy will help everyone enjoy their time at the cafe and not only encourage a better interaction with the adoptable cats, but also a safer and stable environment for all.
So to review, here’s our Small Human Policy:
The Cat Café South Beach is a place that the whole family can enjoy, while keeping our cats comfortable and relaxed. The minimum age for visiting the cat lounge is 6 years old. We ask that parents proactively facilitate the interaction between their children and cats.
By law, a parent or guardian must sign a minor waiver for anyone visiting the cafe under the age of 18. Those under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
All humans - big or small must follow the Rules of Catiquette while inside Purradise.