Now here’s an interesting twist on things. The Meow Parlour in Lower Manhattan is the perfect place if you need a quick pick me up cup of tea or a perfectly purring cat, which could ultimately result in a much needed cat adoption.
Sound complicated…not quite. Cat Cafes started in Asia in the 90’s, due to small apartment sizes and landlords that didn’t allow pets in residences. Soon there will be four in NYC, with the original being the Meow Parlour.
It’s a safe haven for felines and their fanciers a like. Since it’s opening in December 2014, 50 cats have been adopted in conjunction with Kitty Kind, an all volunteer, no kill rescue group.
Despite the name “Cat Cafe,” coffee, tea and delicious macaroons are served around the corner on Ludlow Street at the Meow Parlour Patisserie. You know how those feisty folk at the NYC Health Department can be.
The venue also recently made headlines, of the positive kind, offering yoga classes.
I would love to open something similar here in San Francisco, but with dogs instead of cats up for adoption. Someone nicely pointed out to me that I’d be heading towards doggie pandemonium if I did so.
la,la,la,la,la,la…I’ll just tuck the idea away for another day!
Meow Parlour, 46 Hester Street (between Essex and Ludlow) open noon to 8pm, closed Wednesdays. $5 for a half hour visit. Reservations recommended at meowparlour.com. Also, bring along a pair of socks, since all shoes and coats are checked in at the door.