A delightful trend has taken root in New York City. Cat cafes combine a relaxed, home like atmosphere in which you can interact with adoptable cats while you unwind with a cookie and cup of tea.

Meow Parlour

New York’s first permanent cat cafe, Meow Parlour, is nestled between the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Sweets from the Meow Parlour Patisserie are sure to please. Co-Founder Christine Ha is also the head pastry chef at the popular Macaron Parlour.


This Lower East Side cat cafe’s main mission is to provide a comfortable space for cats, but humans are welcome, too. You can cuddle up with a kitty in the sunny Upper Cattery, the cozy Lower Cattery, or the outdoor Catio. As a special treat, Koneko also offers rotating art exhibitions and events that focus on Japanese culture.

Little Lions

As a recent edition to SoHo, Little Lions especially welcomes families with children. Every week, children can sit with kitties and listen in on story time. For bigger kids and kids at heart, Little Lions hosts a weekly movie night with unlimited popcorn.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Don’t want to travel to Manhattan for your tea and kitties? While other cat cafes host cats from non-profits, Brooklyn’s first cat cafe is the only one in New York City that is actually run by a non-profit. It’s not open just yet, but a preview party with a performance by comedienne Ophira Eisenberg will be held on May 6. Tickets are on sale now!

Are you looking someone to give your furry friend plenty of love and attention while you’re away? Give us a call! Cat sitting is our cup of tea!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

“Cat” by Rainer Stropek on flickr