Cat Café makes Paris Purr

Samantha Grossman from Time tells us about the purr-fectly wonderful new café in Paris.

Customers enjoy a beverage as a cat relaxes on an armchair at the "Cafe des Chats" days before the inauguration in Paris

Customers enjoy a beverage as a cat relaxes on an armchair at the “Café des Chats” in Paris.

Cats clearly make everything better — just ask the entire Internet. That’s why Paris has introduced a new café that may seem like your standard coffee and croissant joint, but in reality is so much more. “Cafe des Chats,” situated in the city’s trendy Marais neighborhood, is home to 12 felines who treat it like their personal living room and just roam around as customers go about their business.

The goal is to provide some “purr therapy” to Parisians who can’t keep pets in their tiny urban apartments, Reuters reports. If you’re wondering what exactly “purr therapy” is, that’s valid. As café manager Margaux Gandelon told Reuters, “Purring produces vibrations which relieve arthritis and rheumatism, which lower your blood pressure and your heartbeat.” Also, you know, cats are just cute and stuff.

All 12 of the café’s cats are strays who’ve been adopted from rescue centers. Gandelon told AFP that her top priorities are overall hygiene and the welfare of the cats — all of whom underwent a vetting process to determine their social skills. Café  des Chats officially opened its doors this weekend, and is already so successful that it had to turn away several hundred customers.

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