Cat Café Mad celebrates successful first year

If you are a cat person, a student missing your pet or just looking for a new place to study, then Cat Café Mad may be the place for you.

The end of March marked the end of the café’s first year in Madison.

A cat café is a concept that many are familiar with, and the café is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.

Lucas Larson, a Cat Café Mad employee, said this has made it a success.

“We have people come in from way out of state, who drive in because we’re the only one… There  aren’t very many of us,” Larson said. 

Cat Café Mad is currently home to 15 cats: four permanent residents and 11 that are up for adoption. Among those that are up for adoption, one usually finds a happy home weekly or biweekly.


One of the Cat Cafe’s permanent residents rests after a tiring day. (Katherine Anning/submission)One of the Cat Cafe’s permanent residents rests after a tiring day. (Katherine Anning/submission)


The permanent members include Princess, Sebastian, Spunky and Max. Since opening day, the cats have fully acclimated to the each other and their visitors.

Sebastian, one of the permanent members, is a customer favorite. Sebastian’s balance is affected by his cerebral hypoplasia: a neurological disorder that has been with him since birth.

“[Sebastian] and Max, another permanent resident here, like to wrestle and play around. Max goes easy on him,” Larson said.

The first year has not been without its hiccups. Earlier this year, one cat Sunny escaped and stayed out for over a month. Luckily, after what Larson called a “social media uproar,” he was found and returned to the café.

The café hosts a range of events that change each month including include board game night  and yoga. The café is willing to accommodate majority of requested events, including bridal showers.