New York’s appears to be a branded pop-up shop:
The Cat Cafe by Purina ONE opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary “cat’achinos” with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. And, no, visitors don’t need to use a box as a toilet.
Feline coffeehouses already exist in other areas of the world, like Japan and Paris, but health code laws have prevented the trend from fully catching on in the U.S. Purina ONE’s Cat Cafe features a food service area connected to a cat sanctuary with swinging doors to keep the animals and kitchen separate.
I do not personally appreciate cats or cat-based agendas, but I do support a person’s right to perch on a cafe chair sipping a pun-based coffee drink, surrounded by adoptable pets. And yes, the four-day Purina ONE Cat Cafe™ will be populated by pre-screened orphan cats from the North Shore Animal League. The 16 cats have been “evaluated behaviorally, medically and socially” and are ready to go home with whomever is so moved.
If you are in the area and looking to fill a cat-shaped void in your life, the pop-up cafe will be at 168 Bowery St. through the weekend.
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