Are you a cat lover, but not a cat owner? Perhaps your landlord won’t let you keep a cat, despite your pleadings. Or maybe your spouse or roommate has a cat allergy. What a miserable life that must be!
So, how can you get your cuddle fix?
Consider visiting a “cat café.” What is a “cat café”, you ask? Exactly what the name implies! To put it simply, it’s a café with a bunch of friendly cats milling about. You can watch and play with these cats as you sip hot, soothing beverages, for maximum relaxation.
Why is this such a marvelous idea? Aside from the obvious reasons– cats are cute, cuddly, and fun to play with– spending time with animals can be wonderfully therapeutic. Studies have shown that animals can help reduce stress levels and boost your mood. The physical act of petting can be healing, and playing with cats can be a great distraction from the stressors of life.
Placing these kinds of cafés in major cities is a wise idea as well. Many apartment tenants are unable to have pets of their own, and the only other option would be to volunteer at an animal shelter. This is a fantastic middle ground for cat lovers who don’t have the privilege of owning their own fluffy friends.
Who came up with this brilliant business endeavor? The first cat café, “Cat Flower Garden”, opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. The idea has traveled to Japan, Austria, Germany, Russia, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Canada and finally the United States!
The first American cat café, “Cat Town Café” opened last fall in Oakland, California, and they have made it their mission to use this café as an adoption agency, so if you make a connection with one of the cats, you may be able to take it home! There are a few other cat cafés in operation, such as:
- “Planet Tails Cat Café” in Naples, FL
- “Denver Cat Company” in Denver, CO
- “The Cat Café” in San Diego, CA
- “Purrington’s Cat Lounge” in Portland, OR
There are over 15 cat cafés projected to open over the next year or two. The USA is finally catching up! A woman in Washington, DC is trying to open up a cat café this summer, “Crumbs and Whiskers,” so we may have to make a trip out there just for that. Can we get one in Philadelphia, please? We would definitely endorse that project.
So, whether you’re a cat café entrepreneur, or simply a cat owner, your feline friend is going to need some medical assistance to keep it happily purring. That’s where we come in!