Meow Parlour Becomes New York's First Permanent Cat Café


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New Yorkers will wait in line for just about anything—the cronut, standby tickets to a taping of Saturday Night Live, and entry to the country’s first Cat Café, which was presented by Purina and open for only four days in May. Well, the wait is over for New York City’s first permanent cat café; Meow Parlour has opened for business. 

 

Meow Parlour’s concept is similar to Oakland, Calif.-based Cat Town Café. Patrons can pet, cuddle and interact with adoptable cats, and order homemade pastries, macaroons, Blue Bottle Coffee and Harney & Sons Tea from the neighboring storefront, called Meow Parlour Patisserie. 

 

The Meow Parlour includes bespoke playpens for the adoptable cats, along with ample seating, free Wi-Fi and plenty of room for the cats and humans to roam and play. The space will house a dozen healthy and well-tempered cats at any given time, all carefully vetted by rescue group and partner, KittyKind. Feline fanatics pay $4 per half hour, or $30 for the maximum five-hour period, to spend time with the cats by making an online appointment or on a walk-in basis. 

 

Cats in the Meow Parlour have place to retreat when they get nervous, tired or need rest from the bustling space. Additionally, there is a secluded environment for the cats, which is closed to the public, to help avoid stressing the cats with too much socialization. 

 

The café’s cats will be well fed through a food donation from daytime television host, Rachael Ray, who recently surprised Meow Parlour’s founders Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand with a taped visit to the café for the Rachael Ray show. Ray donated more than 174,000 meals of the Racheal Ray Nutrish for Cats super premium wet cat food to KittyKind. The meals will allow KittyKind and Meow Parlour to feed a high-quality food to the adoptable cats. In addition, anyone who adopts a cat through KittyKind and Meow Parlour will receive a two-month supply of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food, as long as supplies last. 

 

"We began this crazy journey of opening New York City's first cat café with the end goal of helping more cats find forever homes so that others can experience the joy that cats have brought to our lives," said Ha. "We are so grateful for Rachael Ray Nutrish's generous gift to KittyKind, which will allows us to care for these cats even after they have left Meow Parlour."

 

Here’s a look inside the Meow Parlour: 

 

 

Meow Parlour Catified Macarons.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ethan Covey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ethan Covey.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ethan Covey.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Christa Hamilton Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ethan Covey.

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