Meet Jeff. Jeff is our in-house data guy at Pet + Co. If you鈥檙e one of Jeff鈥檚 closest coworker friends, he will send you puppy GIFs throughout the day. It鈥檚 the best! What鈥檚 strange though, is that Jeff鈥檚 nickname from his days at Bleacher Report was 鈥淏ig Cat.鈥 Is Jeff a closet cat lover? He denies it, but admits an affinity for cat shirts. Collection count: 鈥10 or so. Is that weird?鈥 Um鈥


Despite Jeff being a 鈥渄og person,鈥 when the team learned of a cat cafe opening up in San Francisco, we unanimously decided to send him. Jeff鈥檚 mission: Pick up a woman at a cat cafe.

I went with Jeff as his photographer and source of moral support. On the ride over, we brainstormed pick-up lines for Jeff to use. You鈥檙e a fine feline lover or You鈥檙e purrrfect or Some days I feel like a cat, do you? If all fails, I told Jeff to simply go up to a girl and then purr. That鈥檚 a guaranteed way to get digits.

Jeff wore his best cat shirt for this special day! He even got a haircut a week before in order to be ready for all the fine cat ladies of San Francisco! Let鈥檚 see how it went鈥


When we arrived at KitTea, the first step was familiarization with the place. Know the space, meet the cats and use all of this to your advantage when talking to the fellow cat cafe visitors.


With some solid cat play moves in his repertoire, Jeff began to show off for the ladies. The cats like Jeff, therefore so should you!


鈥淚 think the cats respect me. They recognize me as one of their own.鈥 鈥 Jeff


Despite the pick-up lines and the close spiritual connection with the cats, Jeff had a hard time picking up any women at the cat cafe. There were two prospects, but ultimately the sparks weren鈥檛 flying. What鈥檚 up with that? We asked KitTea cat wrangler Maggie McKay, working here since June, about love in the cat cafe, and here鈥檚 what she had to say:

B+C: How often do people come on dates to the cat cafe? Do you ever see first dates?

MM: Yeah, all the time. Sometimes it鈥檚 great. I guess it鈥檚 like a first date anywhere. You see between some people, it鈥檚 magic and it鈥檚 amazing. And every now and then you see a couple that鈥檚 super quiet and super awkward, and you鈥檙e like鈥 Well, you guys are having a really cute time individually, but don鈥檛 know if you鈥檙e a match.

B+C: Can the cats be blamed for a missed connection at the cat cafe?

MM: No, no I wouldn鈥檛 blame the cats. If anything, the cats are like a litmus test. Cause I would say if I went on a date and there were cats involved and this guy couldn鈥檛 hold his own, I would be like huh鈥 bad with pussy. Good to know.

B+C: Have you ever seen anyone pick up someone at the cat cafe?

MM: No, that I haven鈥檛 seen yet. But just because I haven鈥檛 seen it, doesn鈥檛 mean it hasn鈥檛 happened.

So why no love, Jeff?

鈥淚 got a little bit of a weird vibe from one of them. I think her quote was, 鈥I鈥檓 actually a cat鈥 which is a little strange鈥︹ Fair enough, Jeff.


So while the mission was not a success in terms of meeting a fellow cat lover, there was an abundance of general cat love! And hey, who鈥檚 to stay that KitTea SF might not work out as the best place for singles to mingle in the near future.


Would you go on a first date at a cat cafe? Hit us up @BritandCo with the hashtag #petandco!