Mews and Nips: Texas Cat Runs Historic Village


Chester the Cat is living the good life. He’s in charge of the Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney, TX, he’s authored a book, he acts a tour guide, and visits schools. The Dallas Morning News reports that Chester started showing up around the village’s historic building. Village staff started to feed him, and Chester became a fixture. Among his many duties, he is also in charge of village security, and manages two dwarf goats who also reside in the village. Read the full story about Chester on the Dallas Morning News website.


Cat cafes are becoming increasingly popular in Japan. Care2 reports that there are now 79 cafes across the island. One cafe, called Neko No Mise (Shop of Cats) became an instant hit. The average stay at the cate is an hour and a half, but many regulars make Neko No Mise their office for the day. Some patrons even call in sick and then spend the day surrounded by kitten love as a way to ease away their headaches, sniffles or whatever ails them. Many of Hanad’s customers admit that Neko No Mise is their go-to place when they are mentally exhausted, overstressed or just needing downtime. Many Japanese landlords don’t allow cats, which may be one explanation for why these cafes are so popular. I wish this trend would catch on in the US. Read the full story on Care2.

This week on The Conscious Cat

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we explored the connection between cat food and the increased incidence of feline hyperthyroidism, on Wednesday, we introduced you to a new home test kit that can help with early detection of several feline illnesses, and on Friday, we reviewed Lost Cat by Caroline Paul. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a gorgeous, handmade ceramic fountain by Thirsty Cat Fountains!

Today’s video made me smile: the two cats have a bit of a “discussion” about their new kitten and who gets to walk him!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Chester from the Dallas Morning News, photo of cat cafe from The Vancouver Sun

8 Comments on Mews and Nips: Texas Cat Runs Historic Village

  1. Ingrid
    June 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Sounds like the video was a big hit – so glad you all enjoyed it!

  2. Bobbi Hahn
    June 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh, Ingrid, I loved the video!

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    June 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! The look on that black cat’s face when it first sees the toy kitten is priceless!!

    • Patricia
      November 10, 2016 at 5:40 am (4 years ago)

      I have a toy kitten just like that. My cats enjoy it. My cats enjoy their life with me, as I do with them.

  4. Sue Brandes
    June 8, 2013 at 11:48 am (7 years ago)

    Cute video. Chester the cat sure does have the good life. I love reading about cat cafes.

  5. toni
    June 8, 2013 at 8:28 am (7 years ago)

    Love the story! and that video has me grinning from ear to ear!! So cute and a great way to start the day. Thanks Ingrid : )

    • Ingrid
      June 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Isn’t the video adorable, Toni?

  6. Ann Staub
    June 8, 2013 at 2:19 am (7 years ago)

    I just read about the cat cafes in Japan – very interesting idea!


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