Cat and Kitten Cafes
What Are Cat or Kitten Cafes?
Cat Cafes (occasionally called kitten cafes, probably because it sounds cuter) are a recent and popular trend in Japan and Taiwan. They are basically cafes, where you can go and play with the kitties! You can 'hire' the company of a cat, or access to cats, for an hour or more, and relax with friendly felines, internet, drinks and peace. Or as much peace as you can get if you're feeding the cats catnip!
Pets are generally not allowed in most rental apartments in Japan, and Cat Cafes are the only chance many people have to play with a small, furry animal. The first Cat Cafe was opened in 1998, in Taipei, Taiwan, and the first Japanese Cat Cafe opened in Osaka in 2004. The Cat Cafe Calico in Tokyo is one famous example, as is Cat's Store (猫の店, Neko no Mise?) - out of the thirty-nine currently there! They tend to be very strict about cleanliness and must comply with a number of regulations, as well as limiting the cats' contact time to reduce stress. They also are usually run by cat lovers and seek to raise animal welfare and abandonment awareness.
Have You Heard of Cat (or Kitten) Cafes? - Or is the concept new and strange?
Do you know what a Cat Cafe is?
Video Evidence! Cat and Kitten Cafes DO Exist! - Short Kitten Cafe videos from Taiwan and Japan
Are Kitten Cafes A Good Idea? - Mew chirp aroaw maow?
Do you think kitten cafes are a good idea?
How Much Do They Cost?
Cat Cafes cost around 800-1000 yen for an hour (about US$7-10)
How Common Are Cat Cafes?
There are currently 79 Cat Cafes in Japan
Most people in cities such as Tokyo rent, and aren't allowed to keep pets. Cat Cafes are one of the only places they can touch a real, friendly, cat.