Purina One’s temporary cat cafe gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be last spring.
We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises to be a feline fanatic’s paradise and will offer one-on-one time with cute, adoptable kitties, and even free Wi-Fi.
Meow Parlour is the brainchild of Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand, the masterminds behind Macaron Parlour. Unlike Purina ONE’s pop-up cat cafe last spring, cat lovers will have to rent time in a “cat room” ($4 per half hour) in order to spend time with the kitties. You’ll be able to rent as little as half an hour and up to five hours. The reservation system is up and running now, and guests without reservations will not be admitted .
Cat cafes are obviously really exciting to humans, but they can be for cats as well (and not in a good way), so we’re glad that it seems like Meow Parlour is keeping the kitties’ well-being in consideration as well. According to their website, kids under the age of 10 (who may be adorably rambunctious to us but terrifying for cats) will only be allowed to visit during special hours and only with an adult. In addition, all of the animals at Meow Parlour will come from all-volunteer, no-kill rescue group KittyKind, and will be adoptable.
And if you’d like something to nosh on or sip while playing with the cats, Meow Parlour Patisserie, will be located right around the corner.
Meow Parlour is located at 46 Hester Street in Manhattan.
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