The world can be divided into two classes of people: cat people and dog people. And I am definitely a cat person. It’s easy to get a dog to like you; cats show discretion with who they choose to lavish their affections on. Dogs are everywhere. On hiking trails. At sidewalk cafes. Playing at the dog park. Even roaming the aisles of Home Depot. But cats. You’ve got to really search for cats when one is out and about. The first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei; its name– Cat Flower Garden, and the craze has gone world wide. I’m not ashamed to admit that one of the first things I look for in a new city is ‘does the place have a cat cafe?’, and if yes, you can bet that I’m going to visit it. What exactly is a cat cafe? Well, each one varies somewhat but the overall idea is a place where cat lovers can go to fuss over furry feline and enjoy some *snacks* while you do it. Cat cafes have opened up world wide from Seattle to Singapore and St Petersburg to San Francisco. Rules vary but all include or should include never wake a sleeping kitty and no flash photography.
*Snacks and drinks vary from coffee and tea to wine and smoothies. Sandwiches, pastries, burgers, and desserts are all things I’ve seen on cat cafe menus.
Cat Cafe Round-up
- Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London
- Organic Cat Cafe, Greenville
- Cat Cafe, Vilnius
- Cat’s Miao, Copenhagen
- Seattle Meowtropolian, Seattle
- Pounce, Charleston
Other Awesome Cat Sites
- Torre Argentina, Rome