CAB rents out Pounce Cat Café to relieve midterm anxiety.

Stanley the cat takes a nap. (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

Back in December of 2016, two College of Charleston graduates put their entrepreneurial skills to the test and opened Charleston’s first cat café. Pounce Cat Café has been thriving ever since, welcoming tourists and locals alike. Beyond the windows, pedestrians often stop and gawk at the kittens and cats of all shapes and sizes. Cuddly little fluff balls perch on benches, shelves and couches, ready to accept any love from willing visitors. Toys litter the floor for cats to pounce on, providing guests with all the entertainment they could need while enjoying drinks of all sorts. Additionally, every cat in the café is available for adoption.

Midterm grades found their way to MyCharleston on Friday October 20. Whatever the results, students started to feel the pressure of the rest of the semester looming. Tensions began to rise, the library became more packed and murmurs of whether or not withdrawing from classes was necessary increased the anxious moods across campus. The Cougar Activities Board (CAB) foreshadowed post-midterm tension and planned an event at Pounce Cat Café to provide a relaxing opportunity.

College of Charleston students play with the adoptable cats (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

On Saturday, October 20, CAB rented out the cat café for an event. While it typically costs 15 dollars to play with cats for an hour, students were able to get in for free. For one full hour, those in attendance were able to forget the stress of grades and put all their energy into playing with cuddly friends. The posh bar in the back, complete with vibrant pink furniture and fuzzy pillows, served up cheap coffee to anyone who wanted it. The vibe in the cat café on Saturday was carefree, thanks to CAB. All anyone cared about for that little bit of time was loving the animals who loved them in return.

Boo the cat waits to meet loving people (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

CAB does all kinds of unique and fun events for students around campus. Anywhere from dinner cruises to theme nights in the Stern Student Center to celebrations in Cistern Yard, fun, free events are never hard to find. The Pounce Cat Café event is just one of many opportunities they provide for students to get involved at the college and around the community. In honor of Halloween, on October 27 they are having a free haunted house and on November 1, they will host a crafting day.

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