Cat cafes have been gaining in popularity in Japan over the last several years. Tokyo alone sports 39 of these feline establishments. No, cats are NOT on the menu in these establishments, but they are on just about everything else – the counters, the tables, the shelves, and the floor (not so much on the ceiling, oddly enough). These are small cafes where cat lovers can go and relax with a whole bunch of cats. Patrons sip their coffee while the kitties dine on delicious tuna and milk. I’m guessing that your food items may be accompanied by an occasional cat hair, but that’s a small price to pay for feline friendship.
The popularity of these unique cafes has been attributed, at least in part, to the fact that while Japanese people love the kitties, many apartment owners are really mean and won’t allow their tenants to keep a furry companion in their apartment. I know from personal experience that owning a cat can severely limit your apartment choices.
The cats seem to enjoy living in the cafes, where they are surrounded by attention and all the food they can eat. Patrons are usually asked, however, not to pick up the cats, and are obviously banned from using them as a frisbee, or wagering on any cat fights that may break out.