SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - If you're looking for a place to relax and unwind, look no further than Cat Therapy in downtown Santa Barbara.
Cat Therapy is the newest addition to downtown Santa Barbara. The new shop offers a blend of comfort and companionship.
Catalina Esteves opened Cat Therapy in the hopes of making a difference.
"I really wanted to do something that mattered," said Esteves, "I came across 'Cat Cafe' and I realized they were popping up all over the country, with the main goal helping adopt adult cats. So I immediately felt like that was my calling."
Cat Therapy exclusively features adult cats. Their mission is to place adult cats in a home like environment to help them get adopted faster.
Esteves says that some of these cats have been in shelters for years and get depressed.
"When you put them in an environment like this, they really start acting like their personalities and it's easier for a possible adopter to not only connect with them, but to know them better," said Esteves.
The adult cats come from different shelters all over the central coast: Animal Shelter Assistance Program, Ventura County Animal Services, Santa Ynez Humane Society, and the Santa Maria Humane Society.
Feline fans are excited about the idea of spending time petting, feeding and bonding with their new furry friends and taking a break from the stresses of human life.
"I definitely think it was therapeutic because it was calming and I felt better afterwards because I am really stressed out from finals and I think this actually helped me out with that stress," said Sarah Escoto.
Esteves hopes that her cause will keep her business open during unstable times for downtown Santa Barbara businesses.
"I feel like this is a happy place. We try to make people feel happy. So when they come here I can see their smiles and that is the reason why they come back," said Esteves.
The specialty lounge also doubles as a cafe. Patrons can order acai bowls and drinks from Basil Arts Cafe and have it delivered to them during their session at Cat Therapy.
Cat Therapy offers 75 minute sessions 6 days a week, Wednesday through Monday. Weekday sessions cost $10 and $12 on the weekend. Esteves recommends making a reservation.