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The Mysterious World of Cat Cafes

cat-cafe__oPtCat 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.

(Photo from teddyhilton.com)

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7 comments on “The Mysterious World of Cat Cafes

  1. David
    February 14, 2011

    In my opinion, those cafés are just another example that many Japanese people consider pets as accessories and not living and breathing being. That being said, I’d rather be a cat in a cat café than a Chihuahua owned by a 19 year-old brainless girl.

  2. K. J. Storm
    February 15, 2011

    I think its more then that, animals can be vary therapeutic. Frankly I am amazed that they don’t have cat and dog themed apartments.
    I for one would, love it if someone would start a cat or dog, Café, in the USA! I love cats and dogs, pulse living at home, my pet options are limited to different kinds of fish.

  3. Badboy
    February 16, 2011

    Cool! I wish their was one in this area. My Cat’s don’t play well with others though…kinda like me 😉

  4. John
    February 19, 2011

    Toxoplasmosis comes to mind…

  5. Ashley Mamalushka
    February 21, 2011

    Well I gotta say….that picture is worth a thousand cats…I mean words…in itself!

  6. Mike Collins
    February 24, 2011

    Very Cool. It is kind of like Key West only they have chickens….which makes it not like Key West then doesn’t it? Hmmm.. Cool none the less David 🙂

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