- A Glimpse Into the Cat Cafe Phenomenon
Imagine you are sipping a warm cup of coffee and a fluffy cat just snuggles on your lap. Other cats wander around while soft, mellow music is playing in the background. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, these heavenly places are called cat cafes. Cafe cafes have taken the world by storm. They are constantly growing and expanding their community worldwide. It's a therapeutic and unique experience where you can hang out and play with cats for a fee. The global influence of cat cafes is so profound you can probably find one at least 15 miles away from you! But how did these cafes come to be? Let's take a little international trip, shall we?
The overall social environment of cat cafes is just wonderful. Everyone in a cat cafe already has one thing in common: a mutual love for cats. Therefore, just like any other cafe, cat cafes are also a place to easily meet new friends (and not just the furry ones!).
Benefits for Cats
As mentioned, many cat cafes have adoptable cats. Cat cafes are essentially a cozy, interactive foster home for cats. According to San Francisco KitTea's website, they "foster and feature cats from rescues in order to socialize and find them homes at each cat's own pace. Whenever possible, we go outside of the area to shelters to rescue high-risk cats in euthanasia shelters." In a comfortable and open space, you are able to see each cat's personality and their natural behaviors. Rather than keeping them in cages or separated facilities, cat cafes allow the cats to be authentically themselves.
There is definitely an overall ethical issue to address with cat cafes. Some say with the constant rotation of humans, it can stress out the cats. Cat cafes often lay out strict ground rules for patrons to ensure everyone is happy, including the cats. While the regulations vary from cafe to cafe, most cafes make a genuine effort to make the cats feel as safe as possible.
All cats vary in personality. For cats who need constant attention and cuddles, cat cafes are just the right place for them! Regardless, with some ups and downs, cat cafes have the potential to become safe havens for cats to socialize and get adopted if done right!
1. Do not pick up cats or roughhouse with them; be gentle and patient when petting them!
2. Do not pursue or chase after a cat when they walk away or seem disinterested.
3. Only play with cats using the provided toys.
4. Do not wake or bother sleeping cats.
5. Do not use flash photography.
These are just the most common rules that we see in cat cafes. Today with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, things such as capacity and contact can vary as well. If you follow the rules and enjoy your beverage, you are sure to have a swell and cozy time during your visit!
The Success and Impact of Cat Cafes
Cat cafes have seen huge success in recent years worldwide. The wholesome thing is that there is no one reason for their success. They are simply a calming and relaxing environment for cats and cat lovers alike. Ever since the first cat cafes in Taiwan, other animal lovers have taken the concept and opened similar cafes too! There are dog cafes, and even raccoon, hedgehog, sheep cafes, and more! Cat cafes have, no doubt, brought people and animals together.
Lia is a second-year student studying Journalism and minoring in Film, TV, and Media Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is grateful to be able to write for Catbuddy and looks forward to developing her career in digital media. She has two cats and three dogs back at home, so you might call her an animal-lover. Lastly, Lia hopes for her content to be an enjoyable read to all audiences!