cat_cafe_NYC-PurinaOneFor the next four days, a Cat Café will open in New York City as a place to grab a cappuccino, pet a few of the resident felines and even adopt one of the residents.

Billed by its creator, Purina ONE, as America’s first cat cafe, doors will be open four days only on a busy corner along a street near Chinatown at 168 Bowery. The hours are brief, between 10 AM and 7 PM, April 24-27.

People can stop by for coffee and mingle with the 16 lounging cats, but during special hours cat health experts and behaviorists will be there to answer questions and give talks on a variety of topics. (Web viewers can see the talks on Livestream.)

The days culminate with the adoption event sponsored by the North Shore Animal League, who is one of the partners in the pop-up cafe.

Japan has had permanent cat cafes — and bunny cafes– for years. London got its first one in March. Look for KitTea to open in San Francisco this year.

(READ more, w/ photos, in the LA Times)

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