Attention, cat lovers: NYC gets a cat café this week

The first feline-friendly coffeeshop to hit the U.S. pops up in Manhattan this week

Wish your daily caffeine stop was a little, well, cuter? No need to rely on YouTube videos or the occasional subway sighting: Café Grumpy and pet-food company Purina are bringing a cat café to 168 Bowery this Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27 from 10am to 7pm daily. If you're not familiar with the concept (and haven't put it together from the name), it's a place where customers can pet and play with real live, meowing, purring cats while sipping a cup of joe.

Cat cafés are popular in Europe and Asia—especially Japan—but haven't yet reached North America (though a handful of cities have them in the works). New York, naturally, beats them all to the punch, even recruiting a "well-regarded specialty coffee roaster based in Brooklyn" for the java.

There will also be special talks during the café's four-day span, covering topics ranging from feline behavior to "cat-friendly interior design" (huh?). Best of all, all the kitties come from Long Island rescue organization North Shore Animal League and will be up for adoption, in case you haven't gotten enough snuggles in the time it takes to finish your latte (and come on—how can you say no to that face?).

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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