She felt somewhat uncertain as she stepped through the doorway. She didn’t often go to places like this. But she needed to get some air, to forget the tedium of the week and (Why not?) take her chances at finding that hitherto undiscovered special someone, à la Michael Bublé. Masking her apprehension, she grabbed a drink, and wandered easily across the room, searching for her place in this colourful and inviting scene. Then all of a sudden, his eyes met with hers. It was love at first sight. She would never be able to forget the tight diamond slit of his bright yellow eyes, nor that intimate way he curled and swayed his tail… Now, she and Cat live together in Madrid. She goes back to La Gatoteca once in a while, to play with Cat’s furry friends. While Cat scratches lovingly at the curtains. They are a well matched pair.
What is La Gatoteca?
Calle Argumosa, 28.
Did you enjoy our little love story? It could be your own. If right now you’re reading this alone in a beautiful apartment that any four pawed friend would be delighted to cover in renegade hairs. Starting out life in another country is a difficult affair. And unless you’re blessed with connections in the city, it is also a solitary one. No spare hands to help you with the move, no hands at all for that matter. You’re at drawing-board-filled square one, and starting out from scratch. If you’re looking for support during this difficult transition, here at Mad4Madrid we recommend you look of it in one particularly unexpected place: La Gatoteca.
Though at first glance it may look like any old cafe, La Gatoteca is actually the headquarters of Asociación ABRIGA, Madrid’s premier foster home for homeless cats. It is here that those kitties-in-waiting, live, sleep, and play, until they find their new “Human” (because we all know very well that cats have no “owners”). So if what you are looking for is to adopt a cat to share your new life in Madrid with you. Or failing that you’re already established here and want to take your vida española to the next level- by adopting your very own local. Stop by this cafe, play with the cats, fall in love with one of them, and sit down for an interview before you take home your new best friend. The cats are not toys, and the ABRIGA take prospective parents very seriously. But, the process is free.
And it doesn’t stop at the whiskers.
La Gatoteca also hold cultural events in their rooms from time to time. If for example you think you’d be into sitting at a concert in an audience of cats (Miaow!), then check out what events at the cafe are next scheduled. ABRIGA also holds a variety activities, as we can see on their website:
“We call ourselves the Cat Club as we have a large number of educational, therapeutic, and recreational activities related with the feline world. We give classes and talks so that new owners can learn how to take care of their cat properly; we also offer assisted classes and therapies for the disabled and all types of training activities such as yoga with cats, acoustic concerts, festivals, markets… all surrounded by cats or incorporating them into the fun.”
Fancy falling in love in Madrid? Then head over to La Gatoteca, and meet one of it’s whiskered residents.
Visit this lovely place cost 4€ per 30 minutes and 6€, 1 hour. It includes a drink!
Trad. Sebastian Morgan