Shabby tabby cat. Catpurrccinos. Meow salon.
Aside from having their names on the verge of annoyance, these businesses have another thing in common: They’re cat cafes, all located in New York City.
The cafe is easy to understand – teas, espresso, pastries – cafe.
But a cat cafe?
Imagine yourself sitting at a table sipping a latte with dozens of cats roaming freely around you. You can play with them, and if you really want to, pick one for yourself.
The very first cat café opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998, but it was in Japan that their popularity grew. They eventually made their way to Europe and then, more recently, to North America. And even more recently, New York.
Ryan Shea, owner of The Shabby Tabby in Saveville, Long Island, first visited a cat cafe in Colorado in 2017. After that, her cat Brody died, which inspired her to start volunteering at animal shelters. the same year.
It was then that she connected the dots and saw that Long Island could use the cat café to make it easier to welcome stray cats. She partnered with Nearly Home Rescue and Animal Adoption and opened The Shabby Tabby in 2018 as the first cat café on Long Island. Almost Home provides her with suitable cats.
There are about 30 cats living in The Shabby Tabby at any given time, and the adoption rate is around 30 per month. The admission fee is $ 15 per hour including drinks, and the $ 125 adoption fee goes to Almost Home.
During the 2020 quarantine, The Shabby Tabby was closed, although adoptions by appointment continued. Shea is also a nurse, so she worked in this position, which allowed her to keep the cafe business.
Catpurrccinos is a family run establishment in Huntington, Long Island, run by Jimmy Oliva, his daughter Brittany, and her fiancé Christopher Cafiero.
It is divided into two parts. There is a full-fledged sandwich shop on the street. They have a staff of two chefs who prepare hot sandwiches, soups, desserts, teas and espresso drinks.
Since Oliva views Huntington as a “gourmet city,” and with his family in the restaurant business, it made sense for him to include a real restaurant in his cat café.
The back of the building is a nursery. Oliva has made every effort to ensure that neither cat odors nor allergens spoil anyone’s lunch.
Kayla Pru supervises the volunteer staff of the nursery. She also works as a full-time veterinarian, looking after the health of cats and giving medications when needed.
Veterinarian Lori Buscemi is on site every Wednesday.
Unlike most other cat cafes that rely on rescue / adoption services to provide cats for adoption, Oliva has her own, called Feral to Family.
As a legitimate charitable organization, Feral to Family operates on donations. However, over the years, Oliva has spent nearly $ 100,000 of his money caring for the stray cats he takes.
Although the restaurant part of the business helps finance the nursery, many of the costs are still covered by Oliva himself, who also works in the high-tech industry.
Catpurrccinos, which celebrates its second anniversary on December 1st, can have over 40 cats roaming the area on any given day.
Catpurrccinos and Feral to Family eat about 10,000 pounds of litter, 4,000 cans of cat food and 400 pounds of dry food a month.
The staff simply does not hand the cat over to whoever wants it. There is a validation process to confirm that humans and felines are appropriate for each other.
The first step is to set up a nursery where prospective adoptive parents can get to know their prospective adoptive parents over a period of time.
Some of the staff will also visit the houses where the cats will live to make sure they are in a safe environment.
They check curriculum vitae and check the recommendations and records of veterinarians.
They turned down hundreds of candidates they thought were inappropriate.
Catpurrccinos have sheltered about 300 cats this year and about 400 last year.
Oliva and Cafiero debunk the myth that only “crazy cat ladies” accept the homeless.
Jennifer Rose Sins owns All About Pets Rescue in Ronkonkoma Lake, Long Island.
She and her husband Bill Sins opened A Kitten Kadoodle Coffee Cafe in Selden, Long Island in July 2019.
The Cat Cafe lasted a year and a half and closed in December 2020, the victim of a viral blockade by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). During that year and a half, patrons adopted more than 200 cats.
As with the Catpurrccinos, A Kitten Kadoodle and the rescue / adoption service were one and the same people.
Sinz had a similar verification process for adoptive parents. She continues to run the charity from her home.
Brooklyn Cat Cafe is located in New York in Brooklyn, and Meow Parlor and Koneko are located in Manhattan, which means “kitten” in Japanese.
Koneko bills itself as “America’s first Japanese-style cat cafe.” He is a partner of Anjellicle Cats Rescue and Meow Parlor is a partner of KittyKind.
Meow Parlor, which opened in 2014, is considered the first cat café in New York City.
After all, it is the love of cat café owners for animals that drives them to do what they do.
“Salvation is useless,” Oliva said. “There’s a bigger mission here, do you understand?”