Cat café

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A cat café is a theme café whose attraction is cats that can be watched and played with. Patrons pay a cover fee, generally hourly, and thus cat cafés can be seen as a form of supervised indoor pet rental.

Nekokaigi, a small cat café in Kyoto
A cat café in the Lower East Side, New York City

History[edit]

The world's first cat café, "貓花園" (Cat Flower Garden), opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998.[1] The Taiwanese cat café eventually became a tourist destination, attracting tourists from Japan as well as all over the globe.[2]

Due to the Japan's land size and population, many residents live in small apartments or condominiums which do not allow pets, making a cat café a very popular destination for young workers looking for the companionship and comfort offered. Japan’s first cat café, named “Neko no mise” (Shop of Cats), opened in 2005. After this, the popularity of cat cafés boomed in Japan. From 2005 to 2010, seventy nine cat cafés opened across the country.[3]

Cat Cafés in Asia[edit]

According to the History the first cat café was opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998.[1]

Singapore[edit]

The first cat café in Singapore was Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa (Japanese for ‘Cat Garden’),[4] while cat cafes in Japan, Korea and Thailand usually feature only pedigreed cats, Sam and Sue made a decision to only adopt cats for their cafe. As of today, there are more than 5[5] different cat cafes in the city.

Cat Cafés in North America[edit]

The first cat café to open in North America was Le Café des Chats/Cat Café Montreal[6] in Montreal, Canada, which opened its doors to the public in August 2014.

There are 3 cafes in Canada and over 15 in the United States projected to open over the next year or two.

Canada[edit]

Following the opening of the first Canadian cat café, Le Café des Chats in August 2014; Café Chat L'Heureux (also in Montreal) opened in September 2014 with 8 cats adopted from local shelters.

Three cafés currently in the planning stages are: “Catfé”; planning to open a location in Vancouver, British Columbia by the summer of 2015, and “Kitty Cat Café” and “Pet Me Meow” both planning cafés for Toronto to open in the Spring of 2015.[7]

United States[edit]

The “Cat Town Café” opened in October 2014 and is a “cross between a coffee shop and an adoption center” in Oakland, CA.[8] They were soon followed in December 2014 by “Planet Tails Cat Café” in Naples, FL and in quick succession by “Denver Cat Company” in Denver, CO, "Meow Parlour" in NYC, “The Cat Café”[9][10] in San Diego, CA, “Purrington’s Cat Lounge” in Portland, OR and "Calico Nook" in Franklin, MA.

In 2015, the Crumbs and Whiskers cat café is slated to open in the Washington metropolitan area, where it will be partnering with the local chapter of the Humane Society; this café will provide a boarding space for around 15 cats at a time, all of which will be provided by the Humane Society and be available for adoption.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Cat Cafés in Europe[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

In 2014 “Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium” opened.[17][18][19] Cat cafes were expected to open in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, and other major cities.[20]

France[edit]

Le Cafe des Chats is a cat cafe located on 16 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris, France. This cafe is a diner that includes desserts, tea, and, of course, cats. It is ideally situated in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. The waiting time can be long, so you may want to make a reservation. For further information, visit the website at: http://www.lecafedeschats.fr/#_=_ [21]

Hungary[edit]

CatCafe is located in downtown Budapest near St. Steven's Basilica at 1065 Révay utca 3, Budapest, Hungary. For further information, visit: http://catcafebudapest.hu/. [22]


See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120402-worldwide-weird-feline-fun-in-japans-cat-cafes
  2. ^ http://mentalfloss.com/article/56592/brief-history-cat-cafe
  3. ^ http://www.vice.com/read/meow-meow-meow-329-v17n2
  4. ^ "Cat Café Singapore Pte Ltd. Website". About Cat Café Singapore Pte Ltd. Website. Cat Café Singapore Pte Ltd. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  5. ^ "5 Cat Cafes in Singapore". 5 Cat Cafes in Singapore. Open Rice. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  6. ^ http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2014/10/18/crazy-cat-ladies-rejoice-the-first-two-kitty-cafes-north-america-now-open-montreal/bVIcWnIkM1bYn50mO6rl3L/story.html
  7. ^ http://torontoist.com/2014/11/whatever-happened-to-those-rival-cat-cafes/
  8. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/cat-cafe-oakland-california-cat-town_n_6095080.html
  9. ^ "The Cat Cafe". The Cat Cafe. 
  10. ^ "Cat Cafe Opens in San Diego". Fox 5 San Diego. 
  11. ^ Caroline Tucker (28 March 2015). "Cat cafe pounces forward in D.C.". ABC7. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Courtney Pomeroy (23 March 2015). "D.C.’s Cat Cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers, Makes Strides Toward Opening This Year". CBS. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Rachel Nania (18 February 2015). "Founder shares plans for D.C.’s first cat café, Crumbs and Whiskers". WTOP. Washington's Top News. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Perry Stein (6 February 2015). "Meet the woman who left her consulting job to open D.C.’s first cat cafe". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Perry Stein (9 March 2015). "Not-yet-open D.C. cat cafe raises serious money in 1 day". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Maura Judkis (20 November 2014). "So, how would a cafe crawling with adorable kittens pass a D.C. health inspection?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  17. ^ http://news.instyle.com/2014/03/12/lady-dinahs-cat-emporium/
  18. ^ http://www.cntraveller.com/news/2013/february/cat-cafe-london
  19. ^ http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/02/18/funding-secured-for-cat-cafe-to-open-in-east-london/
  20. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-rise-of-cat-cafes-the-perfect-solution-for-animal-lovers-who-cant-have-pets-10119850.html
  21. ^ http://www.lecafedeschats.fr/#_=_
  22. ^ http://catcafebudapest.hu/

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