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Company picks Eugene for popup cat treat delivery service

Temptations cat treat company sets up a temporary delivery restaurant in downtown Eugene. The twist? They deliver cat treats. They chose to set up in Eugene-Springfield because of the number of cat owners here. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - There's a new delivery restaurant in town ... for cats.

Drivers suit up in bright yellow helmets topped with cat ears and rev up their scooters before heading out to deliver throughout Eugene and Springfield.

The delivery is free and features a menu of cat treats.

This is a publicity event done by Temptations, a cat treat company. The "restaurant" will inhabit a downtown Eugene shopfront from April 6 to April 9.

This location is the only one of its kind, and there's a reason Temptations chose Eugene and Springfield.

In 2013, The Seattle Times conducted a study and wrote an article about the most popular pet cities in the United States.

They found that the Eugene-Springfield area had the most cat owners in the metro area compared to any other city in the United States.

"Eugene is a cat city!" Temptations Brand Manager Edwin Padilla exclaimed as riders prepped their mopeds for delivery.

According to the Seattle Times article, 49.1 percent of adults over 18 in Eugene and Springfield own cats.

It's not necessarily a shocking statistic. Cats are a common sight in neighborhoods, shelters and on sidewalks.

But what makes Eugene and Springfield so cat crazy?

"They're a handful, a lot of fun," Petco cashier Tanice Titus said.

"They have a mind of their own, that's why I love cats. I mean, they're very independent, unlike dogs," groomer Debbie Witmer said.

Is it their independence, charm or both? Whatever the choice, it's clear Eugene and Springfield folk are taken by feline fancy.

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