New store in Joplin allows visitors to play with kittens and adopt them


JOPLIN, Mo. – Cat Cafes are becoming increasingly popular in other countries and across big cities in the U.S. There wasn’t one in Southwest Missouri until now.

Tiny Tigers Lounge and Adoption Center opened Friday in the Northpark Mall in Joplin. It costs $5 to spend a half hour with the kittens. Adoptions run $90 and include spaying or neutering and all necessary inoculations. Raina Norris and her daughter drove all the way from Monett to come to the store. They were among the first visitors.

“We have three other cats and we recently lost two, two of them died so we were wanting another one to help fill the hole, I think so, I’m hoping this one is the one we found, you like this one, yeah I love it, yeah I think we found one.”

Raina Norris, Monett Resident

The mother and daughter didn’t come away empty handed, they went home with Little Chewbacca.

Tiny Tigers is open from 12 to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 to 6 pm on Sundays. 20 to 25 guests are allowed in the store at one time.

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