Pounce Cat Cafe pulls an April Fool’s Joke

Who doesn’t like cuddling a small and fluffy puppy? When Pounce Cat Cafe released a statement on April 1, 2018 saying that they were expanding next door to open Pooch Puppy Parlor, the response was widespread and positive. To many people’s dismay, it was all an April Fool’s joke.

*****April 1, 2018*****(aka April Fool's Day.)WE HAVE SOME BIG MEWS!!!! 🎉 The space next door to us just became…

Posted by Pounce Cat Cafe on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pounce later released a statement on April 2, 2018 on Facebook denouncing the opening of Pooch Puppy Parlor as a joke. However, Pounce provided a glimmer of hope for dog lovers in the statement, saying that they are planning a puppy takeover day at the cafe and maybe even a puppy pop-up.

We know that this was your face when you realized that Pooch Puppy Parlor was just an April Fool’s joke… Sorry…

Posted by Pounce Cat Cafe on Monday, April 2, 2018


According to Annaliese Hughes, co-owner of Pounce Cat Cafe, the announcement was viewed over 100,000 times. Hughes says that they did not expect such a widespread response. “The prank went over people’s heads even though it was April Fools,” she says.

As to the puppy takeover day, Hughes confirms that they are trying to plan a puppy takeover day at Poune Cafe. The cafe wants to coordinate with the Charleston Animal Society, which is where all of their cats are from. Hughes says that they are waiting for the Charleston Animal Society to have more puppies, and then they will coordinate to have a puppy day.

However, Hughes says that the business will never expand to include dogs, even if they have another location. “There is a lot more factors that you can control with cats that you can’t control with dogs.” If someone else wants to open a puppy parlor, Hughes will be happy to work with them and learn from them. Otherwise, Pounce Cat Cafe will focus upon feline friends.

Charlestonians can expect to see more April Fool’s jokes in the future from Pounce Cafe. In 2017, Pounce announced, as a joke, that they would include bunnies as well as cats at the cafe. However, the link included with the announcement then led to Pounce’s website where readers were surprised with, “Lolz…APRIL FOOLS!!!!!” Hughes says that the April Fool’s jokes are intentional and a group effort by everyone in the staff. She warns, “Be wary of us on April Fool’s.”


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