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Cat Cafés Around The World
Did you know that all around the world, cafés dedicated to cats are popping up in towns and cities? This phenomenon, although starting to take off as a trend is nothing new - the Taiwanese had cat cafe’s for more than 15 years. Here’s a look at some of the world’s best spots to grab a cuppa and cat-on-your-lap-time!
Taiwan: The Original Cat Café
In 1998 the world’s first cat café opened in Taiwan to fill the void that many people living in small rented flats had - no domestic animal loving. Any cat owner will know how relaxing it can be to share your home with a feline, so no wonder the residents here took the cafes to heart and made the most of their time with the cafe’s furry residents!
Tokyo, Japan: Neko no mise (Shop of Cats)
The owner of Tokyo’s first cat café, Norimasa Hanada offers an explanation to why the trend is so popular in Japan: “Most Japanese rental apartments prohibit pets. The only ones that allow them are condominium apartments for families. This means that young, single-dwelling workers in their twenties and thirties can’t even think about getting any pets, despite the fact they’re stressed out and are seeking comfort and companionship of some kind.”
Gangnam, Korea: Cat Attic
There are many cat cafés in Korea, having taken off soon after the trend in Japan. There are many independent cafés but Cat Attic is a chain which promotes the wellbeing of its feline residents above all else.
Vienna, Austria: Café Neko
One of the smaller cat cafés we found, Café Neko is home to five cuddly cats. But what it lacks in number of cats, it makes up for in space! The kitties here have 20m climbing walls and a private retreat.
Budapest, Hungary: Love Meow
The Hungarian cat cafe, home to 13 rescued kitties lays claim to being the first cat café in Europe, following the big trend in Japan. The café opened in Budapest in 2012 and is a popular hot spot for residents and tourists alike. With toys and climbing frames and plenty of beds for snoozing, this is a feline haven.
London, United Kingdom: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
Recently opened to massive demand - 3,000 people tried to book a table at the café with hours of its launch! Café owner Laura Pears funded Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com. All 11 cats are rescues, and the café has strict rules to protect the safety, wellbeing and happiness of all the friendly felines!
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