Cat Café Opens In California; In Other News, We’re All Moving To California

We’ve been teased before with pop-up so-called cat cafés, which are usually just a temporary wonder and not a permanent source of caffeinated feline delight. It seems that our nation’s long, cat caféless nightmare is now over, however, as a joint effort to offer coffee and get some furry friends adopted just opened in Oakland, CA.

Calling itself “America’s first cat café,” Cat Town Café works with Oakland Animal Services to find homes for cats by allowing visitors to interact in a “cat zone” area of the coffee shop with prospective new feline friends who are free to wander around and interact with people, reports Eater San Francisco.

Cat lovers are always welcome to walk in, the cafe says, but a $10 donation will get you a reservation for one hour in the Cat Zone, where cats play in front of bright murals depicting — what else? — cats.

The schedule was reportedly full over the weekend after the cafe’s first day in business on Saturday. The Cat Zone’s hours run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, while the cafe itself open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for now.

Cat Town Cafe, America’s First Cat Cafe, Now Open In Oakland [Eater San Francisco]