Cats are happy! But what if you can not or are not allowed to keep pets in your home? Then cat cafés are the solution. These are cafés that not only offer coffee and cake, but also house velvet paws. Find out where to find cat cafés and which concepts are behind them here.
The world's first cat café opened in Taipei (Taiwan) in 1998, but the concept became very popular in Japan. There, many people live in very small apartments, so they have no way to keep even cats. To still get their occasional dose of whimsical relaxation, the Japanese like to visit cat cafes.
What are cat cafés?
Is there anything better than eating a piece of cake surrounded by cats and having a delicious coffee or tea? Maybe while reading a book or the daily newspaper? That's exactly what you can do in cat cafés. Although there are different concepts, but also a few similarities between the local. The challenge is to both meet the hygienic requirements of a gastronomic business and to ensure proper cat ownership.
Therefore, the kitchen is usually located in a separate room, to which the cats have no access. Conversely, the cooks are not allowed into the rooms where the fur noses are. The cats can usually move freely in the dining room. There are often boxes with cat toys, so that guests can play with the tomb tigers. Visitors enter the café via a lock. That is, they must go through at least two doors before they enter the guest room - thus preventing the animal inhabitants from excreting. In Japan, many cat cafés require entry. However, this is unusual in the European variants.
Important rules for cat luck in the cafes
For the cats, it is important that they can retire at any time, if they do not feel like the hustle and bustle in the café's lounge. Therefore, there is a separate rest room for the kitty in most cat cafés. The guests have no access to it. In the rest room the cats get their food, can go to the litter box or enjoy the silence.
In addition, there are often climbing walls, cat trees, bridges, viewing platforms and plenty of cozy sleeping places for the cats in the guest room. This counteracts the natural need of the fur noses for elevated places. Important for happy cats is that they can decide for themselves whether they want to play with the guests, cuddle or prefer to watch them from a safe distance. In Japanese cat cafés, unfortunately, is not always kept - sometimes the cats are the guests on their laps, without the velvet paws are asked for their opinion.
Otherwise, there are usually certain basic rules that guests must follow when visiting a cat cafe. The guests are allowed:
● play with the cats
● watch the cats
● caress the cats when they come to them voluntarily
● take pictures of the cats
For the most part, the following things are forbidden:
● Raise cats
● Disturb cats while sleeping
● Run after cats and hunt them
● Take pictures of cats with a flash
● Feed cats
● yell at cats
● Pull cats by the tail or otherwise inflict pain on them
Furthermore, visitors are not allowed to bring dogs or other pets and generally do not smoke.
Cat cafés in German-speaking countries
The first German-language cat cafe opened in 2012 in Vienna. The idea for the "Café Neko" ("Neko" means "cat" in Japanese) brought the owner Takado Ishimitsu from her native Japan. The five animal Café residents all come from the animal welfare. In the following video you can see some impressions from the Viennese "Café Neko":
In Germany, the "Café Katzentempel" from Munich is the first of its kind. It opened its doors in 2013. The owner Thomas Leidner was inspired by the "Café Neko" during a holiday in Vienna. In the "Café Katzentempel" special emphasis is placed on animal welfare. So not only the animal inhabitants come from the shelter, it also cats are transmitted from animal welfare. In addition, the food and cake offered with few exceptions vegan. Learn more about the "cat temple" philosophy in the next video:
The "Café Katzentempel" now also awards licenses. Further "cat temples" can be found in Nuremberg and Hamburg. The latter is only open since the end of July 2017. In addition, there are cat cafés in the following German cities:
● Berlin ("PeePees Katzencafé", "BaristaCats" and "Zur Mieze")
● Cologne ("Café Schnurrke")
● Aachen ("Cat Café Milou")
● Hannover ("Stubentigercafé")
● Bielefeld ("Katzencafe Miezhaus")
Cat cafés abroad
Meanwhile, cats have conquered the gastronomic landscape worldwide. Sometimes there are cat cafés, which have no permanent animal inhabitants, but temporarily take cats from the shelter. So they help the velvet paws to get used to people and find easier a new, permanent and loving home for the kitty. An example of this concept is the "Compagnie des Chats" in Avignon, France. France has other cat cafés in Paris, Reims and Montpellier.
In the following countries, for example, you can also eat cake during your next vacation and scratch cats:
● Belgium ("Chat touille" in Brussels)
● Czech Republic ("Kočkafé Freya" in Prague)
● Denmark ("Café Miao" in Copenhagen)
● Finland ("Kissakahvila Purnauskis" in Tampere and another in Helsinki)
● Italy ("MiaGola Café" in Turin)
● Netherlands ("Kopjes" in Amsterdam, "Kattencafé Op z'n Kop" in Groningen)
● Russia ("Cats Republic" in St. Petersburg)
● United Kingdom ("Kitty Café" in Nottingham, "Maison de Moggy" in Scotland)
● Canada ("Le Café des Chats" in Montreal)
There are also countless cat cafés in the USA and of course in Japan and other Asian countries.