Folks looking for some cuddle time don’t have to wait much longer.

Omaha’s first “cat cafe” is scheduled to open Sept. 18, founder Bre Phelan said. She announced plans for the cafe in January and said it has drawn plenty of interest on social media and in the community.

The nonprofit Felius at 522½ S. 24th St. will offer a coffee bar on one side of the shop serving lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty drinks from local Muglife Coffee. Tea also will be available along with pastries and other snacks.

On the other side, separated by a glass wall, will be a room where as many as 10 cats will roam free and show off their personalities to prospective adoptive owners. For a small fee that goes toward the nonprofit, patrons can step into the room for some time with the kitties.

The fee is $7 for a half hour and $12 for an hour.

Phelan said one goal is to provide a casual and comfortable setting for people to interact with cats so they know which is the right one for them to adopt. But you don’t have to adopt — you can just watch the cats play or get some cuddle time.

The cats will be from the Omaha Wags to Riches rescue group.

The shop will be open every day of the week except Mondays.

“We’re giving the cats a day of rest,’’ she said. “They work hard for those cuddles.”

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