Mews and Nips: Russia Opens First Cat Cafe

scared cat

Halloween is right around the corner, and while your thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins, trick or treating, and parties, remember that some Halloween traditions can be stressful and dangerous for cats. Between the constant ringing of the doorbell and tempting treats and decorations, it’s important to keep your cats from harm during the festivities. Lorie A. Huston, DVM offers Halloween safety tips for your cat on PetMD.

Russian cat cafe Cat Republic

There have been numerous stories about cat cafes in Japan, an idea I would love to see take hold in the United States. While I have yet to hear of any in this country, Russia just opened its very first cat cafe, Cat Republic, in St. Petersburg. As reported by Ria Novosti, the Russian state news agency, the cafe currently has eight feline residents who spend their time playing or chasing toy mice. The main rule at the cat cafe is to is never to insist on any interaction the cats are not willing to engage in, because the citizens of the republic are free cats. Read the full story on the Ria Novosti website.

can cats count experiment

Can cats count? A researcher at the University of Padua in Italy is studying something called numerical competence in a number of animals, including cats. David H. Grimm, a journalist and online news editor of Science, reports that Christian Agrillo used a simple process involving dots on a desirable object to see if animals could distinguish between the number of dots.

One of Agrillo’s challenges was finding extremely docile and compliant cats. But even once he found them, many of the cats didn’t take to the lab and Agrillo had to turn most of them away. “We had to say to the owners, ‘Sorry, we can’t use your cat. It’s not interested in the experiment.’” The four cats he selected still presented challenges. “Very often, they didn’t participate in the experiment or they walked in the wrong direction,” he said. “It was really difficult to have a good trial each day.” Read the full report on the experiment on David’d blog.

Our video of the week come from Sparkle the Designer Cat. In this beautifully produced video, Sparkle and her pals Binga and Boodie extol the pleasures of a multiple pet family:

httpv://youtu.be/1fX5_N6dYes

Photo sources: photo of scared cat by Daniel Schenkel, photo of Russian cat cafe Ria Novosti website, graphic of cat experiment davidhgrimm.com

8 Comments on Mews and Nips: Russia Opens First Cat Cafe

  1. Julia Williams
    October 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm (8 years ago)

    I did a post once on the cat cafes in Japan. I guess some are opposed to the idea, but from what I found the cats have pretty good lives. And it can be nice for people who live in an apartment where pets are not allowed, to have some feline companionship once in awhile.

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    • Ingrid
      October 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm (8 years ago)

      I think it would be so nice to walk into a cafe and have cats there while you sip a latte and relax!

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  2. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    October 29, 2011 at 9:53 am (8 years ago)

    Cute video – it reminds me of my house that I am allowed to share with my seven feline roommates. As far as can cats count? Absolutely. I am positive that my Zoey could count to 4 when her kittens were young. She ALWAYS was taking a head count and knew when one of them was “missing.”

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    • Ingrid
      October 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm (8 years ago)

      Who needs scientific experiments when we have a mother cat proving to us that she can count, right, Deb?

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  3. Caren Gittleman
    October 29, 2011 at 8:17 am (8 years ago)

    don’t know how we missed that video but it was fabulous! Thanks for sharing it again! Sadly Cody is the only cat because we are only permitted two pets in our condo….but…..we DO have Dakota!!! A cat/dog mix also adds a FUN dynamic!

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    • Ingrid
      October 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t the video wonderful, Caren?

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  4. Max the Quilt Cat
    October 29, 2011 at 5:36 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the weekly update. I always learn something worth remembering. Have a great weekend.

    pawhugs, Max

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    • Ingrid
      October 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm (8 years ago)

      You have a great weekend, too, Max!

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