12/14/2015 06:21 EST | Updated 12/15/2015 02:59 EST

Vancouver Cat Café Opens For Business

"You had me at cat."

Vancouver's first cat café has opened its doors, and to roaring (er, meowing) success.

Catfé is part coffee shop, part foster home for about a dozen felines in the International Village Mall in the city's Chinatown.

The cats spend their time hanging out with customers, or they climb scratching posts and shelves to their heart's content.

When the animals need a break, they can pop into a cats-only back room for some refuge.

They've been so busy, that staff — known as "purristas," naturally — are recommending reservations for anyone planning a visit this month.

North America's first cat cafe, called Cafe des Chats, opened in Montreal in 2014. Toronto opened a feline-friendly bistro of its own last month.

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