I’ve recently heard about this phenomenon where humans can indulge in their two favourite loves at the same time: cats and coffee. In Japan, cat cafes seem to be the latest craze. I’ve heard there are more than 70 such cat cafes in Tokyo alone.
Apparently cat cafes have been around for a while though. The first one actually opened in Taiwan way back in 1998.
So what is a cat cafe I hear you purr? In these cat cafes, cats are left to roam around while the humans drink their coffee and read their newspaper things. Don’t worry the cats seem well cared for, with plenty of cosy couches to curl up on. In fact none of them are strays, and some of the cat cafes offer new homes to abandoned cats.
Cat cafes are great for the humans out there that live in rental apartments and aren’t allowed their own pets. And kitties that might otherwise be left to roam the streets have their own warm place to hang out.
Humans pay by the hour for the privilege of spending time with the felines in cat cafes. And it certainly isn’t money wasted. Spending time with us cats can be a great stress release for humans, single ones in particular. Japanese businessmen don’t have time to have their own cats at home, so many of them frequent cat cafes on a regular basis.
Cat cafes seem like a good idea for both us cats and the humans. All I can say is luckily the litter trays are stowed out of sight…
Have you heard of or been to a cat cafe?
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