We usually think of Japan when we hear about cat cafes, but now, Vienna, Austria, boasts its first cat cafe, Cafe Neko. Neko is the Japanese word for cat. The Vancouver Sun reports that Takako Ishimitsu, 47, from Japan, opened the cafe after three years of negotiations with city officials over hygiene issues. Five cats freely roam the café, entertaining customers. All of the cats came from an animal shelter. I really hope the idea of cat cafes catches on in the United States!
As far as rescues go, this one is quite unusual. Life with Cats featured a story about a baby fox injured and temporarily blinded in a car accident who has become friends and playmates with three kittens who may have saved his life by keeping him warm as he recovered at Kent Wildlife Recovery Service in the UK. The fox required intensive care, and has regained his sight during his recovery. He will be moved to a fox rehab facility before being returned to the wild in five or six months. For now, he has a special friendship with a very different set of kits … kittens. Read the full story on Life with Cats.
Glee star Chris Colfer recently adopted a senior shelter cat, and he gave an update on his new friend on Life with Kelly earlier this week. At 22 pounds, Brian the cat desperately needs to lose some weight, and I’m hoping that Colfer’s response on the show when asked whether he put him on a diet, “I did, but he keeps breaking into the food,” was meant as a joke. We’ve seen the heartbreaking effects of obesity in cats with another high profile cat, Meow, who died from complications related to obesity last week. Being overweight is no joke. Visit Catsparella for a video of Colfer’s appearance on Life with Kelly.
Today’s video, titled Who Was your Cat Born to Be?, featuring an adorable kitten named Cash, is a beautifully produced reminder of the true nature of our housecats, and why catification of their environment is so important. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Vienna cat cafe from The Vancouver Sun, photo of fox with kittens from Life with Cats, screenshot of Chris Colfer from Catsparella