The other day, a cold-hearted Brooklyn kid kicked a cat, and then the Internet exploded.
I’m with the Internet on this one. I have two cats that I’m fiercely in love with; this kind of story makes me insane.
Clearly, there are a lot of people in my camp. Witness the multiple cat cafés—casual spots that stock snacks, drinks and temporary cat companionship—that are in various stages of opening here in the US. Note that local health departments have rules about live animals in eating establishments, so you’ll no doubt see a separation of the food service area from the cat hangout zone. There are also animal treatment rules to be observed—you probably won’t be able to pick up the cute cat lounging nearby, although most of these places will double as pet adoption agencies.