And what many casual cat lovers may not realize is that cat cafes can also be an invaluable tool to help shelter cats find homes — especially cats who might be freaked out by being stuck in a kennel. The cafe environment lets people and cats get acquainted with the cats in a more organic way, and can help shyer felines realize that people aren’t so scary.
We visited Meow Parlour, New York City’s first cat cafe, (though it was quickly followed by 3 more!) to chat with owners Emilie Legrand and Christine Ha about cats and pet adoption. We even caught up with some of the cafe residents.