Breaking, Earth-shattering news: New York City has its very own cat cafe.
The downside is that the cafe is a pop up, and it only lasts from today through Sunday, April 27. Cat food company Purina One launched the cafe to benefit North Shore Animal League, a Long Island rescue organization that the largest no-kill shelter in the world. [Jessica's Note: That's also where my family adopted two of our dogs from!] All 16 adorable kittehs will be available for adoption, and visitors get to play with them while sipping free coffee (from what I hear, it’s provided by the always-delicious Brooklyn fixture that is Cafe Grumpy, AKA the coffee shop on “Girls”).
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Another reason to drop everything and move to San Francisco: a tea house/cat cafe called KitTea is planned to open in spring 2014. KitTea will be a “zen retreat” for both human and homeless cats: humans for tea drinking/feline-snuggling and cats for the opportunity to be adopted. KitTea will partner with a local cat rescue and manage adoptions of cats on the premises. And because this is San Francisco we are talking about, the FAQ section on KitTea’s website even answers the pressing question “Aren’t you taking advantage of the cats?” Certainly not. “The well-being of the cats comes far before the business of tea,” KitTea insists. “This is a passion project that is very close to our hearts and souls.” The occupancy of both cats and humans will be kept to a minimum, which is why reservations are recommended. We’re sold! Bring on the pussies. [KitTeaSF] [Image of a cat via Shutterstock]
Is it just me, or does the concept of an owl cafe not quite possess the same appeal as their predecessor, cat cafes? A bird of prey is not exactly my ideal coffee ‘n’ crumb cake companion … but as Japan would have it, “fukurou” cafes offering owl-themed food and drink are all the rage, with certain establishments even permitting patrons to pet the owls in residence. I’m interested in hearing what Amelia has to say about this. The owls are not what they seem. [Worst. Nightmare. No. That is all. -- Amelia] [via Refinery29] [Photo: Lonely Planet]
The Japanese are generally better at everything — including cats. For years, they’ve had cat cafes, where overworked people with not enough space can go to pet kittens. Now some cat-tastic enterprising Londoners are trying to take that idea global. They want to open a lovely space called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where cat lovers can go to sip some tea and enjoy the company of their furry friends. The furniture and style will be classic Victorian, though hopefully in some scratch-proof fabrics. And all the cats will be procured from local shelters. The owners are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to get this cafe on its metaphorical four feet, and they need all the help they can get. Donate, if you feel so inclined, and help spread the kitty love across the pond. [IndieGoGo]
Times are looking tough for Tokyo’s cat cafes, where feline aficionados can drop in for tea and some time with a cat.
At most such establishments, it’s the post-work rush that brings in the most cash, with tired and harried professionals dropping by on their way homes to pet and play with the animals as a way of relieving stress.
But now the purrs of delight may be getting quieter. Read more…