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Cat cafés have become fairly common around the world, but I still took note when I saw a recent report about one opening in my hometown. Happy Cat’s Café and Trattoria opened in Stuttgart, Germany in February. After reading a report about the café, I just had to find out more about it and got in touch with owner Daniel Di Stefano.

Daniel’s wife Miya is from China, where cat cafés are plentiful. The couple have 13 cats. Daniel was looking for a less stressful job, so he and Miya decided to “make our hobby our job.”

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Daniel and Miya with their cats

Unlike cat cafés in the US, the two cats currently roaming Happy Cat’s Café and Trattoria are not up for adoption, but are Daniel and Miya’s own cats. Blue, a Persian/MaineCoon/Birman mix and Spooky, an Oriental Shorthair, are, in Daniel’s words, their “most quiet and handsome” cats. “They really enjoy having someone pet them or play with them all day,” he said.

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The café menu features an ecletic mix of items influenced by Daniels’s Italian and Miya’s Chinese heritage. Items offered range from tomato and miso soup to piadina (Italian flatbread) sandwiches and Asian dumplings. They also offer a variety of cakes and pastries from an Italian bakery.

The café has strict rules for visitors.: while petting and playing is encouraged, guests are not allowed to pick the cats up or feed them human food. Visitors are asked to be quiet, and to not wake the cats if they’re napping. Flash photography is prohibited. Each cat has his own litter box, and they can retreat to a room that’s off limits to guests if they’ve had enough company.

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Happy Cat’s Café and Trattoria is following Germany’s strict Covid rules and only allows visitors who can show digital proof of vaccination, but they are hoping to offer a larger menu and include their main dish, Flammkuchen, a type of thin crust pizza, in 12 different savory and sweet varieties, once pandemic restrictions ease.

I haven’t been back to my hometown in a very long time, but if I ever make it back, I’ll definitely visit Happy Cat’s Café and Trattoria.

For more information about Happy Cat’s Café and Trattoria, visit their website or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

4 Comments on Happy Cats Café and Trattoria: A Unique Cat Café Experience

  1. that is very unique. we have a cat cafe in our area. one of the local independent pet stores and Safe Haven for cats helped to develop. i have not been there because it is in the downtown area and i rarely go there, a little far for me.

  2. I wish we had a cat cafe near my house. I would be there all the time. I remember a restaurant on Kauai (years ago, which has since gone out of business) that was called TomKats. It had a cat theme with pictures and some food with cat names. They had cats roaming around too. My ex and I used to vacation on Kauai quite a bit and every time we used to go eat there. It was notorious for bad service and so-so food, but we loved visiting with the cats.

  3. Those cats are very well taken care of they look very healthy and happy. I would be at that cafe’ every day! I wish there was a cat cafe’ around me.

  4. Cat Cafes just seem like a great place to hang out, especially when there are so many furry friends to make you feel happy, relaxed and right at home. I hope more keep on popping up in other countries.

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