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| 0 > Picture Of Tammi Meyers, of Middletown, goes to the Mew Haven Cat Cafe in New Sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon.Tammi Meyers, of Middletown, checks out the Mew Sanctuary Cat Cafe in New Sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon.

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Rebekah Meyers, of Hamden, visits the Mew Sanctuary Feline Cafe in New Sanctuary on Tuesday

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Media Picture of Felines play, lounge and captivate visitors at the Mew Sanctuary Cat Cafe.Cats play, lounge and amuse visitors at the Mew Sanctuary Cat Cafe. Photo: Viktoria Sundqvist/ Hearst Connecticut Media Picture of Cats play, lounge and captivate visitors at the Mew Sanctuary Cat

Cafe.Cats play, lounge and captivate visitors at the Mew Sanctuary Cat Coffee Shop. Picture: Viktoria Sundqvist/ Hearst Connecticut Media Image of Tammi Meyers, of Middletown, checks out the Mew Haven Feline Cafe in New Haven on Tuesday afternoon.Tammi Meyers, of Middletown, goes to the Mew Sanctuary Cat Cafe in New Sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon. Photo

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Cat coffee shop opens in New Haven’s Westville neighbhorhood

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Back to Gallery NEW HAVEN– Connecticut’s very first feline coffee shop is tucked inside the city’s stylish Westville community, inside a facility that as soon as housed an opticians office.For the next

couple of weeks, the shop at 904 Whalley Ave. will be the house of Mew Haven Cat Cafe, where individuals can come by and socialize with cats.Founder Angela Pullo opened the coffee shop along with her hubby, Michael. The 2 will be running the cafe on a restricted, pop-up basis through Dec. 13 after opening Monday. The opening has actually been in the works because 2015, when Pullo said she and her hubby went to a cat coffee shop in New York, where the Pullos are originally from.Through still fairly uncommon, cat cafes have actually gradually grown in popularity throughout the country for their eccentric mix of supplying space for cats to lounge with individuals enjoying coffee. The first such coffee shop in the United States opened in 2014, inning accordance with Mew Sanctuary. There are presently 28 cat coffee shops in 15 states in the country.”All of an unexpected, this trend began happening, where you saw different feline coffee shops opening

up, “Pullo said.”We started getting curious. We began checking out them and one day, he resembled,’Why don’t we open up?'”New Haven appeared to be,”the ideal place,” Pullo stated, since of its college-town atmosphere.Local Channel Now Playing:

Pullo is wishing to open the cafe full-time by spring. Their objective is to offer a space for citizens and trainees to unwind around felines, specifically individuals who can’t have animals at their houses or have a spouse who dislikes felines (like Pullo). The space likewise allows individuals to offer the cats a “test-run,” prior to adopting.The 2 have actually remained in

contact with the city’s Preparation Department and Health Department to ensure it isoperating within the city’s guidelines. Pullo said she and her other half are still working out kinks. Coffee isn’t really presently being served on-site yet.The shop will serve coffee inside its lobby, which should

remain different from the cat room in accordance with health policies. Folks can then take their drinks or food into the space. “We’re using the same policies as shelters,”Pullo said. “Our floors are vinyl, they’re water proof. Our walls are painted with a epoxy paint, so you can hose pipe down if you wanted to. We’re keeping things as tidy as possible. “The coffee shop presently has 5 felines. There

‘s Sandy, the sweetie; Chicken Cutlet, the cool cat; Hanger Steak, the shy one; Sonny, the curious one; and Rizzo, the queen of the castle. The felines are brought from The Animal Sanctuary in North Sanctuary. The felines remain at the facility 24/7 and will be moved (unless they’re embraced) after the store closes next month.Cat lounge

attendant Kathy Cooney has actually worked in animal shelters in the past, but this is the very first time she’s worked as a feline ambassador at a feline cafe.Cooney makes

sure visitors follow rules and regulations– no tail or whisker pulling and no feeding felines, for circumstances– and introduces the cats. She’s quickly finding out each cat’s character.

“Up until now, it feels like it’s been nothing but great feedback, favorable feedback,” Cooney stated Tuesday.Pullo stated 18 people

checked out on Tuesday. Amongst the visitors were Tammi Meyers, of Middletown, and her child, Rebekah, who bought tickets for her mother as an early birthday present. Tammi Meyers seemed keen on using the laser guideline toy for the felines, managing to get one to climb up to the top of a one-sided staircase connected to a wall.Meyers stated she’s unsure if she’ll wind up

embracing a feline, though she considered it might make an excellent housemate for her recently bought home.”My child was thinking she may work here,”Meyers said. “She likes felines so much.” Despite being allergic, Pullo stated it’s difficult not to wish to be around the cats. Pullo stated they’re motivating people to set up a visit online at mewhavencatcafe.com.”They are so pleased therefore friendly. It simply puts a smile on your face,”Pullo said.” It actually simply makes whatever much better. “Reach Esteban L. Hernandez at 203-680-9901