New York City is joining the ranks of cities that have cat cafés this week. This is a pop-up cat café, and will only be open from Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, however, a cat café is a cat café.
The Gothamist reports that Purina One is opening this particular cat café, in partnership with the North Shore Animal League. All the cats at the café will be up for adoption, so visitors not only have the option of cuddling and nuzzling the cats, they can apply to adopt some of them as well.
The idea of cat cafés, and businesses having cats in their shops, is taking off across the U.S. Rescue and shelter groups and alliances see these businesses as ways to get more adoptable cats in front of people, and it also helps to relieve capacity issues at local shelters and rescues.
Courtney Thomas, the director of Great Plains SPCA, thinks this is a great way for people to enjoy animal companionship while they're at work. She also knows that these types of businesses can help to relieve pressure on shelters, particularly at this time of year, when they're inundated with kittens.
KitTea, a tea house opening in San Francisco sometime in the fall or early winter, will be a more permanent establishment for tea lovers, cat lovers, and cats. Their idea was so popular that they reached their crowdfunding goal early. They will also partner with local shelters, and many of their cats will be up for adoption should their customers take a shine to one or two.
Purina One's cat café is located at 168 Bowery, which is at the corner of Bowery and Kenmare in New York City.