Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.
We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city. So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...
At least four cat cafés are expected to open in California cities in 2014, one in San Francisco, two in Los Angeles, and one in San Diego are expected. They will be opening in Canadian cities this year too, notably Vancouver and Montreal. Whether cats will be rental or be paid on commission is yet to be determined, as is how the establishments are going to get around strict food and beverage regulations.
But theorectically, NYC will open the first cat café in the U.S. on April 24, 2014, even though it's just for four days. Purina One is the major benefactor of the event, which will star some of the most adorable, adoptable cats from the North Shore Animal League, a well-established no-kill shelter on Long Island. You can cuddle cats and become a cat parent in the same visit, while you partake of free food and beverages. This pop-up cat café will be at one of NYC's new event establishments, Openhouse Bowery,168 Bowery.
If you're traveling, you may want to check out this Wikipedia page for established cat cafés in many European capitol cities from Paris to Budapest, and then there's the famous Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London which is booked for 3 months in advance!.
sources: Gothamist and links cited above.