Cat cafes first started popping up in Japan. In a country where many apartment buildings don’t allow cats, these cafes became very popular as a way for Japanese cat lovers to get their kitty fix in a relaxing environment. Cat cafes are a win not just for cat lovers, but also for the cats who reside in these establishments. Living at the cafe allows the cats, who usually come from shelters, to live in a cage-free environment with plenty of human attention and interaction. Most cat cafes have rules for visitors that include not disturbing the cats while they’re sleeping, no rough handling by visiting children, no flash photography, and no feeding.
Cat cafes opened around the world in the last few years. Russia, Austria, Korea, France and many others all boast their own cat cafes. London will soon have its first cat cafe when Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opens later this year. Earlier this week, Montreal, Canada announced the opening of the first cat cafe in North America. Later this year, Kit Tea is set to open its doors in San Franscisco.
Germany currently has two cat cafes. Munich’s Cafe Katzentempel, which translates to “temple of cats,” was the first to open in German. This beautifully designed cafe offers vegan fare, and just looking at the menu makes me want to hop on a plane to go visit. Germany’s second cat cafe, in Berlin, is named Pee Pee’s Katzencafe. I’ll let you decide whether you think the name was a wise choice.. They offer homemade cakes and pastries, small meals, and wine in a relaxed setting.
If If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we debunked the myths that cats and babies can’t get along, on Tuesday, we shared the story of Anya the Snowshoe cat, on Wednesday, we featured a report from the Cat Art Show in Los Angeles, on Thursday, we provided some guidelines for making the difficult euthanasia decision, and on Friday, we reviewed Cat Sense by John Bradshaw.
Today’s video shows a visit to cat cafe in Tokyo. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!