Feverish anticipation for North America's first cat café, the Purina One Cat Café at 168 Bowery, resulted in predictably long lines of, well, mostly cat ladies yesterday. There were so many on line, in fact, that the four day pop-up cafe was forced to turn away hundreds of hopefuls. But some lucky cat-lovers returning today will be whisked past the long lines thanks to an exclusive Cat Cafe VIP Pass. It's like Extra Meowga!

A tipster named Jia gave us the scoop: "People who were still in line when the cafe closed (the closest 100 I think, there was a cutoff point) got these VIP Frequent Visitor Cards. It allows the card holder to access the cat cafe in a separate line, with more priority than the regular line." We're trying to get a handle on what other purrks are offered—more quality time with any of the 16 adorable and immensely adoptable kittens? A couple grams of primo catnip?

While a free coffee or espresso drink plus a free pastry is available, cat café patrons seemed to be more interested in communing with the creatures. The Daily News spoke to one excited attendee:

Feline fanatic Dennis Cote, 30, pounced at the opportunity to spend the morning with cats, commuting in two hours from his home in Farmington, Conn., to play with the shop's 16 fuzzy felines.

"I have three cats at home already," said Cote, who works as a Starbucks barista. "My parents said don't come back with a fourth."

Meanwhile, some impatient Cat Cafe patrons are conspiring to create their own alt DIY pussycat lounge:

Check back later for details on Gothamist's Kickstarter for a Brooklyn Kitty Speakeasy—fastidiously-muddled feline-themed libations AND cats who need furrever homes!