by Nancy Stiles
Cat lovers made headlines last week when Purina sponsored America's first-ever cat cafe in New York City. New Yorkers sipped java and cuddled cats from the North Shore Animal League. Surprisingly, Tenth Life, a stray-cat rescue organization here in St. Louis, had already been planning its own collaboration. The pop-up Kitty Cafe will open at Tenth Life's storefront at 3200 Cherokee Street on Thursday, May 8.
"It's just a time for people to come and meet other cat lovers and meet some of our cats," Tenth Life founder Elizabeth Frick tells us. "I love the idea of the cat café being the dog park for cat people -- cat people don't necessarily have that venue, and it will create that kind of atmosphere."
Kitty Cafe will have tea and coffee and possibly some light bites; you just have to bring your own mug. There will be about a half-dozen kitties that live at Tenth Life. Though you won't be able to adopt a cat that day, you can cuddle with the adorable things and apply for an adoption.
Tenth Life rescues cats that people just can't care for anymore, in addition to strays -- its specialty is special-needs cats, whether that means ones that missing an eye or have orthopedic issues. Frick says Tenth Life also gets a lot of calls from people who have cats or a litter of kittens show up in their yard (um, we would love it if a litter of kittens appeared in our back yard, for the record).
If the Kitty Cafe on May 8 is a success, Frick hopes to host it monthly. The event is free: Just bring your own coffee mug.
"We're really excited to have this come to St. Louis. I kind of wish we were the first, but that's OK," Frick says. "We'll be the first ones in the Midwest. We've had such a great response, and people are really excited, so I think people will really enjoy it."