By Andy Furman
Chuck Patton thinks outside the litter box.
As owner/operator of Purrfect Day Café, he took his love for animals – especially felines – and started a business.
“Two years ago,” said Patton, 52, “I sold my advertising business. I saw a concept with my wife in Charleston, SC — The Pounce Cat Café and Wine Bar — and I wanted to try it.
He did more than try.
Flight. The Thomas native opened his first of two Purrfect Day cafes in Louisville on August 8, 2018.
“At first, he says, it was a hobby. The response was overwhelming. That’s how successful we have been.
The concept is quite simple.
Combine a love for cats – through adoption – with cocktails.
“We had over 1,700 adoptions in one year,” he said, “that was the most in the country.”
So Patton thought it was time to go home – to Covington, to be exact.
He opened his second Purrfect Day Café at 25 West 8th Street on November 13, 2020 – and the magic continued.
“We had over 925 adoptions in our first year at Covington,” he said. “In fact,” he added, “we’re on track for 1,000 this year, which would be second in the country behind Louisville.”
Patton says his concept may be new to the area, but says almost every major city has a cat cafe.
“With animal shelters,” he said, “it’s really hard to get these felines adopted. We’re open to anyone coming in and out with their favorite cat.
Kenton County Animal Services, Paws Rescue in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Cincinnati Animal Care perform all checks.
“These services actually act as a clearinghouse for us,” he said, “to make sure every cat is healthy. They bring the cats to us here.
The cats are housed in a large glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled room – looked after daily by staff – and are available to the public to view, walk and pet.
“We have a limit of 16 people at a time,” Patton said, “and we encourage people to make reservations before coming. Usually there is a two to three hour wait on weekends.
Patton said there was a $15 cover charge for an hour to see and handle the cats.
“We’re the new movie night,” he says, “people are always looking for something to do. In fact,” he adds, “75% of our visitors are not from Covington proper. We have guests from North Cincinnati, Dayton and as far south as Lexington.
And if you prefer the Purrfect Day Paw-Stripes, there’s always the Paw-Pcorn – gourmet popcorn made by The Popcorn Station – a Kentucky company from Louisville.
Tuba Baking Company of Covington provides the soft Purr-etzel – an authentic German soft pretzel, soaked in sourdough lye, hand-made in the shape of a cat’s head with rye and spelled.
As for cocktails, how about the Purrfect Meow-mosa – prosecco and orange juice; or the Classic Cat – cranberry vodka soda.
And if frozen drinks are your specialty, there’s always Iced Meowgarita – the classic blend of ice, tequila, margarita blend, and the special Purrfect Day twist of blue curacao.
“All of our purchases help support the cafe,” Patton said.
It really is – a company with a purr-pose.