Cat café mania has arrived in Michigan. The Detroit News reports that the Ferndale Cat Shelter will bestow a new feline-friendly internet café on Livernois in November. Cat cafes have been a novelty phenomenon in places like China and Japan since the late 90s, but only recently made their way to North America. And whether the punny names (Meow Parlour? Seattle Meowtropolitan? KitTea?) or the cat-loving parasites in our brains are to blame, the kitty café concepts have been catching on across the country.
Like many similar setups, Ferndale's Catfe Lounge will double as an adoption center, providing feline lovers with a spot to become attached to a potential pet while sipping coffee or enjoying a sandwich. Money earned at the shop will help subsidize day-to-day shelter expenses. Coffee will initially be offered a self-serve with a suggested $10 donation due to health codes; however, the group eventually plans to build-out the space with a separate café and an area where visitors can munch on their food and drink while hanging with the animals. The shelter launched an Indiegogo campaign in August and held a fundraiser over the weekend. Ann Arbor is also expected to receive the Cat's Meow cat café next year.