NEW YORK (CNN) – Cats and coffee do not seem like a likely pair, but one New York café has animal lovers lining up to enjoy the two at the same time.
In Manhattan, cats and coffee had people waiting in a line that would challenge any fancy art opening or exclusive New York City club.
Cat Café opened its doors Thursday, for cat lovers and the cat-curious to enjoy complimentary “cat’achino” cappuccinos, talk cat health and learn about cat adoption with 16 cuddly cats.
Pet food brand Purina ONE is hosting the cafe as a pop-up shop.
Organizers hope the event encourages cat health awareness and adoption.
Niky Roberts with Purina ONE said, “The goal of what we’re doing here is trying to start a conversation about cat health. What better place to do that then over a cup of coffee with some friends in a café? We thought if people are going to be talking about cat health, you should be among your subjects and have cats all around you.”
Organizers say the Cat Café in New York is the first feline coffee spot in North America.
According to CNN, there are talks of opening a few cat coffee houses in places like California, Oregon, and Canada.