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Cat and Kitten Cafes

Updated on October 13, 2012

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?

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Kitten Cafe - Painting by Flynn the Cat. Click for more cat artworks..
Kitten Cafe - Painting by Flynn the Cat. Click for more cat artworks..

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?

Yes! When can I visit one?

Yes! When can I visit one?

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    • Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think that the idea is OK but June is right to have concerns about them resulting in possible animal abuse. The owners should be compelled to provide for the Cats in retirement, if this is done then I would be happy to patronise a well run Cat Cafe.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Used book stores have one or two cats hanging around already...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea!!!! I', already thinking about it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes!! I love this idea sooooo much!

    • Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I'd love to go to one! Nothing like a playful kitten or purring cat to put a bad day to rights. June makes a good point and ideally they would be checked out by animal welfare on a regular basis just in case.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes, i do think they r a good idea

    • kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I can't wait to visit one~

    • catbehaviors 6 years ago

      They sound like fun! Playing with an adorable cat while drinking coffee...:)

    Absolutely not.

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      • anonymous 7 years ago

        ok if the cats are guaranteed a happy retirement but horrific when you realise that a lot of greedy people will jump on this bandwagon just to make money and won't care a toss what happens to the cats when the fashion changes or they become too old to want a lot of human company. A really bad 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.

      Do you want to visit a Cat Cafe? - Or will you steer clear?

      Two Cute Stray Kittens
      Two Cute Stray Kittens

      Well? Would you like to visit a Cat Cafe?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've never heard of this before, what an awesome idea! Great lens, thank you!

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          I think that cat cafes are a great idea!

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          Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

          Love the guestbook art! We don't have enough animals in evidence in British businesses. I think we're really missing out.

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          jodijoyous 5 years ago from New York

          Awww, they're soo cute. No cat cafes here, but it's not unusual for a store (or sometimes a bookstore) to have a friendly kitty patrolling.

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          Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

          @poptastic: I found a Cat Cafe in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong during my trip last week and immediately thought of this lens! Apparently they have them there too. Just stopping by to let you know. (:

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          Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

          Talk about unique...I never would have thought of this, but I can see how a Cat Cafe would meet the needs of people. Blessed :)

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          gwishes4u 6 years ago

          I want to visit a cat cafe! I'm showing this lens my Valentines love. Thanks for the great lens!

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          Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

          I alway miss my cat whenever I'm abroad so I definitely would like to visit a cat cafe! Excellent lens ~Blessed~

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          kt_glasses 6 years ago

          these kitties are so cutei really want to visti one myself, sounds like a perfect place for me.

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          Andrea RM 6 years ago

          Wow! I'd never heard about this and, being a cat-lover myself, I'm not quite sure what to make of it ...either way, it's definitely something unusual that I would've probably never found out about.

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          catbehaviors 6 years ago

          Sounds like an interesting venture, it is good that people can interact with cats. Great lens!

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          VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          A little bit strange, I think. I hope the cats are looked after, especially after the fad has fled. Great lens on a weird topic. Blessed :-)