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article imageAmerica's first cat cafe opens in Oakland; was it really first?

By Mike White     Oct 27, 2014 in Odd News
America's first cat cafe, which gives customers a chance to play with adoptable felines, and enjoy a coffee, latte or similar drink, just opened. At least that's what NBC said. Was it really the first?
According to, Cat Town Café opened Saturday. While the headline says it was the first such café in the United States, the article also contains a link on the same website, however to a similar pop-up café that opened in New York City in April.
At the Cat Town Café, customers can purchase a latte or coffee and play for an hour with the cats who are ready to be adopted. The owners hope the cats from East Bay will find homes, as the animals are popular in urban areas. What may be different about this business and others is it was the first to obtain health code approvals, as well as make the business logistically possible.
Someone is working on the idea for a similar business in San Francisco.
The business in New York is named Cat Café, and customers can get complimentary bakery items and coffee drinks, while playing with the felines from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cat cafés are common in Japan and are becoming more popular overseas. The tea room, in London, called Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, charges customers about $8 to play with the animals.
The Cat Town Café has the Cat Zone — which allows the felines to roam about where customers who might want to adopt them can see the animals.
Walk-ins are allowed, if space allows, but for a $10 donation, one can make a reservation ahead of time.
According to, a similar business exists in Melbourne, Australia, as well as one in Toronto, Canada, according to
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