London now has a Cat Cafe. Japan has had them for a while. And San Francisco is poised to get one later this year...but New Yorkers are rarely ones to let any city on the West Coast get first dibs on anything, so pet-food company Purina is set to open a (temporary) pop-up restaurant for feline aficionados (and felines themselves) in Manhattan later this week.
Located in the Bowery neighborhood, the Cat Cafe by Purina One will be open April 24 -27. Visitors can drop by for coffee, conversation and "cat health education." (We're not sure we'd really want to learn about hairballs while unwinding with a cappuccino, but maybe that's just us.)
Every day, the cafe will host different cat experts and interactive demonstrations to "foster conversation and education" about felines and their health. The cat food company has also partnered with North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) to provide adoptable kitties that will to mingle with patrons. If you want to spend some time getting to know a cat before bringing it home (or at least determining what kind of java it prefers), this is a good option.
The schedule and more information are available at PurinaONE.com/CatCafe.