Cat cafés – the KitTea’s Whiskers!

Vienna's first 'cat cafe', Cafe Neko.
Vienna’s first ‘cat cafe’, Cafe Neko.

Cat cafés are a great place to visit for those who want a cat but can’t have pets. They are on the rise too so what is all the fuss about?

It is well known that pets are a fantastic stress reliever and make their owners/parents happier and healthier, but for those of us who really want a kitty of their own but maybe live somewhere that doesn’t allow for pets or they simply don’t have the money to give a cat the best home that it deserves, cart café s are an ideal place to visit and take in the kitty culture.

For those of you not in the know, a cat café is a themed café that has cats are its selling point/attraction. You can’t buy the cats but while eating and drinking at the café, you can watch the kitty inhabitants and play with them too. You may be asked by some cat cafés to pay a cover fee or charge for your visit on top of what you eat and drink. This makes many think of cat cafés as supervised indoor pet rental but that hasn’t slowed the rise in popularity of such cafés.

The world’s first cat café, “Cat Flower Garden” opened in Taiwan in 1998 and, since then, a meteoric number of cat cafés have sprung up worldwide. In Japan cat cafes are one of the most popular places to visit – for residents and tourists. The first Japanese cat café opened in Osaka in 2005, and now there are said to be nearly 40 in Tokyo alone. But here in the UK it’s still a fairly new venture.

England embraced the trend first and now has a number of cat café from Newcastle all the way down to Devon. There is even a cat pub in Bristol, named the Bag of Nails, that has as many as 24 kitties roaming around.

Maison de Moggy is the first cat café in Scotland and opened in January 2015 and has a number of beautiful Moggy stars – from Elodie the Sphynx and Norwegian Forest Cats, Fabian and Jacques, to Guillaume the Chincilla Persian and the Bengal Siamese boys, Marcel and Philippe. Since then, cat cafés have been popping up from the east coast to the west coast so if you haven’t yet visited one, make a point of it this summer.

Not only do these fantastic cafés offer rooms of fluffy cute kitties that you can interact with, they also provide refreshments in the form of tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes and sandwiches – my idea of heaven! So, why not make a point of visiting one near you for some KitTea and biscuits.

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