Scratch comedy: Cat cafe debuts kitten terrarium, paint job by SNL set designers

New furever home: The exterior of Brooklyn Cat Cafe’s new Montague Street digs.
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Feline fans at the Brooklyn Cat Cafe recently unveiled a pawsh, custom-built terrarium inside the shelter’s new Montague Street home that Saturday Night Live set designers created specifically for its littlest furballs.

“We partnered with the design team from SNL, and they built us this incredible terrarium for the newborn kittens,” said Rachel Foster, a co-founder of the shelter staffed by volunteers with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.

But the crew from the popular NBC sketch show didn’t just create the glass-walled space for kittens to cuddle up in, Foster said. They also spruced up the entire rescue by adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls of the new location it moved to last December, after vacating the Atlantic Avenue storefront the shelter opened in back in 2016.

“They were here every day to help create and paint the entire cafe,” she said.

The cafe’s new, larger Brooklyn Heights digs between Montague Terrace and Hicks Street allow its owners to host even more community events, including film nights and yoga classes in the company of cats, according to Foster, who said she hopes to introduce even more programming, including seminars for youngsters and oldsters on how to properly care for the adoptable kitties the rescue temporarily houses.

“We can have yoga class in the back of the building while still having guests come in for adoption, we’ve never had the option to do both simultaneo­usly,” she said. “We would love to have more partnerships around youth education, teaching kids how to properly care for cats, and we would love to work with elderly populations too.”

And shelter leaders are in the process of applying for permits to serve food and beverages prepared in the space’s new kitchen — a facility the old cafe ironically lacked — so they can offer patrons fresh treats in addition to the pre-packaged snacks and drinks they currently provide, according to Foster.

“We hope to get a barista in here soon, it would be a great place for people to gather and have a cup of coffee,” the co-owner said.

To date, cafe volunteers found some 99 cats furever homes this year, according to cafe reps, who said all kitties adopted from the shelter are either abandoned by their owners, dropped off by other local rescues, or saved from the streets of Brooklyn.

Updated 8:48 am, March 11, 2019
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Michael says:
Ooh - tell me more about the "so-called film nights" and the "so-called yoga" events. I like the implication that they might be euphamisms for something else. What are they?
March 11, 2019, 6:52 am
Somebody from Somewhere says:
A freakin' cat cafe? It just shows how much priviledge some people have. They got it so good that they can just open up a store for entitled cats. Dont you just love america?
March 11, 2019, 10:55 am
Katrina says:
Entitled cats? Jeez - lighten up, Scrooge. (see comment above) Some big-hearted people open up a cafe to create a community meeting place while enabling homeless cats to find their forever homes and all people can do is complain about privilege? Unbelievable.
March 11, 2019, 12:56 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Well, like the song says: Cats, Cats, cats cats cats. Back in the day it's like cats cats cats!
March 11, 2019, 4:05 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
Katrina, i just so happen to see things on a bigger scale. You mean to tell me homeless cats are more improtant than homeless people, seriously? Folks like you just dont get it & honestly, dont wanna get it.
March 11, 2019, 4:40 pm
Lucinda Rakmananoff says:
Paint jobs - LOL !
March 11, 2019, 4:51 pm
d.g. from bushwick says:
Homeless people can (and should) be helped by the government. Homeless cats have very few friends as it is (gov't shelters for people don't put them to death, as do the city's animal shelters). Bless the folks at this cafe. BTW, I tune-in to the kitten terrarium every day.
March 11, 2019, 5:34 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
When you see stuff like this, it just further cements the tale of 2 cities narrative. You can make a clear distinction of the haves & have-nots. Sure, some of you may not see what the big deal is about having a cat cafe, which is understandable because you havent really been exposed to what life is really like. But for those of us who actually live in reality, we see zero benefit from this.
March 11, 2019, 5:45 pm
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
What a great update! 99 lives saved and homed this year? Impressive! I wish you continued success and hope this gets emulated in other Brooklyn neighborhoods!
March 11, 2019, 6:10 pm
Robert says:
For the people that want to criticize helping find homes for abandoned cats through a private group -- what have YOU personally done to help the homeless? Have YOU lobbied your elected officials? Have YOU said PLEASE build a shelter in my neighborhood? Have YOU donated your time and money to feed and shelter the homeless? Have YOU decided not to buy that flat screen tv, newest smartphone, given YOUR brunch to the needy, or given up that must have impulse item? It far easier to point fingers at people trying to make a difference than actually doing it YOURself. But I guess that's the sacrifice people are not willing to make. Let someone else solve the problem for me...
March 12, 2019, 8:40 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
RE: Robert ...feed cats to the homeless. There, problem solved and lulz generated.
March 12, 2019, 9:28 am
Sandy from Bk Hghts says:
Run by volunteers and donations not anyone’s tax dollars. In fact this saves taxpayers . Teaches children to grow up to love and respect life, something we can use more of. Proven to help destress and bring joy. To all you angry cynical folks out there, try it!
March 13, 2019, 11:21 am

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