Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Find The Purrfect Feline Friend At The Brooklyn Cat Café

August 02, 2019 - 5:00 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Brooklyn cafe is enjoying success catering not to humans…but to the feline persuasion.

“We try to make it, kind of, for the people that don’t necessarily have cats at home and want to have some quiet time with cats that they can have a good time here,” said Anne Levin.

Anne runs the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, which are the humans that keep the place going.

But at the Brooklyn Cat Café, the cats are the ones running the place.

Robby Zheng has a cat back home in San Francisco. “I miss her so much I had to come out to a café out here just to remind myself what it’s like to have that cat-like companionship where they like you one second and then they don’t.”

Cat cafés started in Taiwan about 20 years ago. They spread to Japan before they were copycatted here.

“It’s so nice to see them here hanging out. They’re so free, so you can just go into here, and they’re so much fun,” said Sophia Shumkova.

They can be so free because this café serves only cat food.

Health regulations would require a different set-up if human food was involved. There are a couple of other cat cafes in the New York area, but this is the one that these felines can show their cat-leticism.

At any given time there are about 30 cats around, and all are looking for homes.

“Some individuals come in because they’re specifically looking to adopt. And this is a great place that you can come and adopt a cat. You can see them in what would be closest to a natural environment," said Pamela Goldsmith. She is one of the Cafe's volunteers. 

So far this year over 200 cats have been adopted. A thousand have been adopted since the place opened in 2016.

If you're trying to fill some time, come on down to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe for the purrfect afternoon. 

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