Mount Purrnon Adopts Out 180 Cats in First Year

Alexandria's only cat café houses 15 to 20 cats at a time and has found homes for many.


Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe

Mount Purrnon, Alexandria's only cat café, has found fur-ever homes for 180 cats in its first year in business.

The cafe celebrated one year in business Sunday, Aug. 1. The organization houses 15 to 20 cats at any one time, allowing cafe patrons the chance to meet cats in a relaxed environment. The cafe area, separated from the cats (for obvious reasons), serves a variety of food, coffee and drinks. There is also free Wi-Fi and day/monthly passes for those who wish to telework from there.

Regular special events include Jeopurrdy, meditation, and wine tastings.

The dream of founders Kristin Cowan and Adam Patterson, Mount Purrnon started with a GoFundMe campaign that was successful — but then the pandemic arrived. The owners pushed through and opened mid-pandemic with a variety of safety measures in place.

Mount Purrnon is at 109 S. Alfred St. in Old Town. 

For more information or to make a reservation, visit

This month, the cafe is posting updates on the "original gang" of cats. Here are the first two cats that were adopted: 

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