Feline Fantasy: NYC Cat Café lets you drink, eat with cats

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Yet another long line has formed in New York City. This one isn’t for a Cronut or an iPhone, but for cats and coffee.

The Cat Café – the first of its kind in the country – allows coffee drinkers to unwind while hanging out with friendly felines, all of which are up for adoption.

The pop-up café at 168 Bowery was the brainchild of Purina ONE and the North Shore Animal League. Starting April 24 and lasting till April 27th, cat lovers along with cat experts will converge to talk about feline health while encouraging more adoptions.

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Cat people cozy up with adorable felines at the Purina ONE Cat Cafe. (Photo: Andrew Ramos)

“We have 16 happy, healthy cats running around and it’s the perfect way to get a visual and see and understand what a healthy cat looks like,” Purina ONE spokeswoman Niky Roberts told PIX11. “In the process, if some of these cats find homes, that’s amazing.”

The Cat Café trend is nothing new outside the United States, with cities like London and Tokyo already catching on, opening coffee cat shops in recent months.

Organizers hope the idea spawns off chains across the country and in the process also opens a few minds.

“For people who don’t really profess themselves to be cat lovers, it’s great to go in there and be changed a little bit and you get to see how awesome they are because sometimes people have misconceptions of cats,” said Christina Travalia, the shelter director at the North Shore Animal League.

The cafe is open and free to the public through Sunday.