Who doesn't want to cozy up with a kitten?
Unfortunately, some pet lovers can't have a cat at home -- maybe they have an allergic roomie, live in a "no pets" place or already have a dog who wouldn't care for a feline friend.
Luckily for Los Angeles residents, cat fans can now express cat love by petting and cooing at a new pop-up "Catfe" in Los Angeles.
First appearing in Japan, cat cafe's are starting to get buzz in America. Carlos Wong, Catfe founder, returned from a visit to Japan's cat cafés with hopes of opening the first of this type in Southern California. He started a Kickstarter campaign six months ago to fund his dream.
The pop-up is only running Oct. 2-5 in the center of downtown LA's Chinatown. Guests are encouraged to bring rice bowls, ice cream and boba milk tea from nearby shops.
In a partnership with with Chinatown BID and Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles, a no-kill shelter, there will be cats for petting and adopting. (You must be over 18 to adopt). To add to the fun, there will be costumed maids and butlers, DJs and other entertainment.
The hours of the upcoming Catfe pop-up will be from 4-9 p.m.at Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Chinatown. On the last day of the pop-up, Catfe will operate during CicLAvia. Cyclists can swing by for some cat loving.
The event will serve as the kickoff party to the second round of fundraising for a permanent Catfe.
Wong is thrilled with the media coverage, writing on Facebook:
"Holy molly! Thank you so much Cat Fancy for the interview. We are glad it's getting so much positive support. Please read the article and share! People all over the world love the concept of Catfe, let's prove that LA does too and help Catfe find it's forever home."
New York also wants in on the feline/restaurant action. There's a a crowdfunding campaign for a permanent Cat Café in NYC. Little Lions is attempting to raise $65,000 to open the city's first "cat sanctuary and tea house."