Q. How many cats will be available at Zoomies to interact with?
A. We’re starting out small so Zoomies will have six to eight adult cats in the lounge. Our space is very limited and keeping the cats happy and healthy is our top priority.
Q. How many people will be in the lounge at once?
A. We are limiting the number of humans to 8 to 10 per hour to ensure a good time will be had by all. Cats can become overstimulated with too much excitement and their well-being is our greatest concern. Cats also sleep a lot so we want to make sure the cat-to-people ratio isn’t disappointing for guests.
Q. Why is there an admission fee to the cat lounge and what does it cover?
A. Admission fee is charged for your time in the lounge to cover the overhead of keeping the doors open and the cats happy. We have to limit the number of people entering because our space is small and we must maintain a calm environment for the benefit of resident cats.
Q. Can I bring my own cat?
A. No. All resident kitties will be vetted and available for adoption through Richardsons Rescue. We ensure all cats have passed their wellness exam, are spayed/neutered, combo tested neg/neg for FIV/FeLV, and are up to date on all shots and flea preventative and deworming medicine.
Q. Why is there an age requirement to visit Zoomies’ lounge?
A. Our cats’ welfare is our top priority. We’re limiting the chance of them being overstimulated by constant excitement. Young children have a lot of energy and sometimes cats don’t appreciate their loving gestures. We realize being exposed to so many strangers increases the risk of an unpleasant incident, and we appreciate the risk of injury is serious, so please understand a liability waiver is required for every guest.
We’re accepting children 7 and older with a parent/guardian and no more than two children per adult during regular business hours. If a child you bring is aggressive or excessively excited, you may be asked to leave for the well-being of the cats and other guests. Children are not allowed to pick up any cats and may only pet and play with cats in a respectful manner.
If you want to schedule a private party for children of mixed ages, please email us to make arrangements and we will have extra staff and volunteers to help manage the interaction.
Q. Can I adopt a cat I meet at Zoomies?
A. With an approved application, Yes! Zoomies is a foster placement for rescued cats looking for their forever home. Richardsons Rescue will handle all adoption requests to ensure proper placement for both the new family and cat(s). You can’t put a price on love, but the adoption fee is just $95! Submit your application to adopt at http://www.richardsonsrescueRVA.org
Q. Can I bring my snacks or beverages into Zoomies?
A. Food and drinks purchased at Central Purrk and Zoomies are allowed in the cat lounge. Food, snacks, and drinks purchased from other establishments are not allowed, unless for medical reasons.
Q. Can I bring snacks for the cats?
A. No. Zoomies will provide approved snacks for the cats to enjoy. We have to monitor their diet closely, so a limited number will be available upon request.
Q. Can I book Zoomies for a private event?
A. Absolutely! We will help you party plan an exceptional event, but it must be for a small crowd of no more than 12. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with basic details and we will provide a quote.
Q. Can I volunteer as a helper in the cat lounge?
A. Have fun for a good cause! We encourage everybody to be involved in their community and do have volunteer opportunities. Getting these precious cats adopted is our core mission and it does take time and effort to accomplish this goal. We have many levels of participation, from monitoring the cat lounge and updating social media, to writing bios and capturing our cats on film showing off their best personalities.
If you would like to become a foster for cats or kittens, Richardsons Rescue would welcome your application. Some kitties need extra time and attention before they’re ready to be shown in public. The rescue provides all the training, supplies (such as food and litter), and pays for all the medical care associated with the rescue. All you need to provide is a safe place and as much love and attention as you can spare.