Find out who put the “kitty” in
city with our top picks.
BY SANDY ROBINS
Left page — Top right: Jackson Galaxy at Cat Camp/Courtesy Cat Camp I Bottom left: Meet the
Breeds/Courtesy AKC I Middle right: Matilda the cat/Courtesy Algonquin Hotel I Bottom right: A cat
visitor to Cat Camp/Courtesy Cat Camp I Right page — Left: Meet the Breeds/Courtesy AKC I Right:
Algonquin Hotel in New York/Courtesy Algonquin Hotel.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
There are numerous reasons to call New York cat friendly. First,
there’s Matilda, the resident feline at the Algonquin Hotel
( algonquinhotel.com), the oldest operating hotel in the city and
home to a resident cat since the 1920s. She offers guests to
the city her special Matilda Accommodation Package, which
includes great gifts such as a plush toy in her likeness. Matilda’s
signature cocktail is the drink of choice for many visitors to
the Big Apple. It’s almost as famous as the Manhattan. (Contact
Matilda at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Every year, on the first Wednesday in August, she hosts a
charity event that showcases the most famous feline catwalk in
America with “mewdels” strutting their stuff and showing off
fabulous design creations. The event benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for
NYC’s Animals, an umbrella organization for more than 150 rescue groups in the city.
American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds joins with The International Cat Association
for a fabulous feline event that coincides with The Westminster Dog Show held in the city
every February. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet more than 60 cat breeds and
learn about them from experts. ( akc.org and tica.org)
The city hosted the first Cat Camp event in 2017 (created by Meow Parlour’s co-founder
Christina Ha) bringing cat-centric vendors and cat lovers together to shop, shop, shop!
Celebrity cats like Lil BUB attend for special meet-and-greet sessions along with various
experts holding workshops promoting responsible cat ownership ( catcampnyc.com).
Fun feline attractions along with a strong
welfare presence for the cat community drive
our picks to what makes a city cat friendly.