Megan Lynch (@MLynchOnAir)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Coffee, tea, and kitties. The concept of a “cat cafe” – where people and felines mix – has spread from Japan to major cities across the globe, and now St. Louis.

When Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge opens next year, patrons will be able to enjoy coffee and a little fur therapy. The restaurant will feature feline companions from Tenth Life Cat Rescue.

“There are a lot of people who can’t have cats either because their landlords won’t allow it, or their partner is allergic, or they just can’t afford it,” says the cat rescue’s executive director Elizabeth Frick.

File photo of kittens. (credit: Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of kittens. (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images)

Frick says before meeting the public, the cats will first spend time in a foster home “to make sure that they’re friendly, and they’re not going to bite, or they’re not going to dash out a door, or scratch anyone unprovoked. So we take that time to really evaluate the cat and make sure they’re a good fit for a situation like this.”

Frick says the rescue is working closely with the owners of Mauhaus to set up protocol and safety measures.

In the meantime, they plan to offer a couple of pop-up events to give cat lovers a taste of what a kitty cafe will be like.

Of course, Tenth Life is hoping some of their cats will find forever homes, too.

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