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#UberKITTENS delivery! You can Uber yourself cats today




Crinkles the cat from spcaLA is one of the many kittens who will be riding around in an Uber for National Cat Day. The promotion UberKittens is where you can use the Uber app to ask a driver to bring you two kittens to play with.
Crinkles the cat from spcaLA is one of the many kittens who will be riding around in an Uber for National Cat Day. The promotion UberKittens is where you can use the Uber app to ask a driver to bring you two kittens to play with.
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Having a tough Thursday? Maybe cuddling a kitten will help.

Today is National Cat Day, and for the first time in Los Angeles Uber will let you get cats right to your door.

It called UberKittens, and here's how it works: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can open up the Uber app to order a driver to bring you two kittens.

It costs $30 for a 15 minute snuggle session, and all the money will go to the three pet shelters involved: spcaLA, Kitty Bungalow and Heaven on Earth.

"Cats are adorable and amazing when we look at them online, but I think there's that disconnect in person," says Miriam Davenport with scpaLA.

The organizations say unique and viral promotions like the one with Uber help to bring more attention to the needs of stray animals.

"Kitty Bungalow got involved with Uber because by bringing something creative to the table it helps cut through all of the news that's out there," says Shawn Simons from Kitty Bungalow.

Simons says it's also a chance for people to learn more about unique issues in Los Angeles, such as the relatively high number of feral and stray kittens compared to elsewhere.

It's one of the reasons that today's promotion is UberKittens and not UberOlderCats.

Another reason — if you're worried about kittens being in a car all day — is that they are more adventurous.

"It can be a bit daunting for an adult cat to go to a bunch of different places," says Davenport. "For a kitten, they're babies! They're having a good time and this is all very exciting for them."

It will be exciting for Southern California, too. UberKittens has happened in the past two years in other cities, but not Los Angeles.

Each time the kittens had pretty busy full schedules, so it's best to reserve them early for your chance at a snuggle. 

Plus, after your session, you can stake a claim on a kitten for adoption.

"When you're talking about adoptions, people shouldn't be feeling sad," says Simons. "It should be a great day for you when you take home your fuzzy best friend."