First cat cafe in US opens in New York
AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
For four days only, cat lovers can visit the Cat Café by Purina One in the city's Bowery district and sip on a ‘cat’achino’ while adoptable animals shuffle past their feet.
The cafe was set up as a promotional pop-up by Purina, and the cat food manufacturer also tapped US TV host Carrie Ann Inaba of "Dancing With the Stars" to make a special appearance.
Every day through to Sunday, the cafe will feature talks by veterinarians, animal behaviorists and photographers.
Cat cafés gained widespread popularity in Tokyo as a way for cat lovers to spend time with their favorite animal in a city where many residents live in prohibitively small apartments.
The concept has since spread to Paris, London, Montreal and Singapore among others.
Entrepreneurs in San Francisco are also working to open a permanent cat cafe this year called KitTea.
For cat owners and lovers outside New York City, talks will be streamed live at new.livestream.com/PurinaONE/CatCafe. Questions can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #CatCafe.
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