Ukrainian Cat Café Lviv Continues to Stay Open During Russian Invasion


As we head toward the 7th week since Russia invaded Ukraine, the Ukrainian people continue to show the world their resilience.

This includes the Cat Café Lviv which is staying open during the invasion. The café, which has been open for six years, is a place to enjoy a meal and coffee while you interact with the café’s 20 cats. 

Even with the Russian invasion happening all around the country the café owners will be staying to take care of their 20 co-hosts.

“I have a small team of several close people who have been working with me for several years and have become my closest friends. The cats have also gotten used to these people, who help to take care of them and who play with them when there are few guests because our fluffy residents love people’s attention,” owner Serhii Oliinyk told The Dodo.

“Our cats have been living in [the] cat cafe since the age of 4 months. They are like family. We realized that we would never leave our country, that this was the only place where we could see ourselves in the future,” Oliinyk said.

Cat Cafe Lviv, Facebook

“We currently have fewer regular visitors, but there are people who have come from other cities and need hot food and positive emotions. There are three large rooms in our cafe, two of which are located in the basement, so in case of an air raid warning, there is a safe shelter for our guests and cats.”

The owner and staff want to continue to provide a safe and soothing place for people still living in the city to come and enjoy some stress-free time with the cats.

For a tour inside the cafe:

You can follow the cats and their amazing caretakers of the Cat Café Lviv via their Facebook: 

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