It turns out that waiting in line until the bitter end actually paid off for some Cat Café hopefuls yesterday. Gothamist reports that the folks at Purina handed out "VIP Frequent Visitor" cards to the first 100 or so people in the line when the café closed at 7 p.m. (Yes, there were still over 100 people waiting at the end of the day). The VIP card allows those lucky recipients to get in separate fast-tracked priority line on any other day of the pop-up.
Meanwhile, the Cat Café livestream is still the at-home equivalent of a VIP pass. Although the organizers have sadly turned off the sound now (except during presentations), they have gotten better at showing footage of the actual cats instead of people sitting on couches. Purina also notes in the comments section that there are now 21 cats in the café, up from 16 yesterday. Seven of them have been adopted so far, although all will stay at the cafe through the weekend.
For those with any lingering questions about what this cat cafe thing actually is, Vox has answers to all the questions you were too embarrassed to ask.
· Finally, A Cat Café VIP Pass [Gothamist]
· You Have Weird Questions About Cat Cafés [Vox]
· All Coverage of the Cat Café [~ENY~]