Ibelieve that the ultimate endorsement that a place is a bona fide tourist attraction is when it’s included in the pages of a reputable travel guide, such as the popular Lonely Planet series.
So that makes cat cafes “
official” tourist destinations, as many
of the world’s most popular cat
cafes are now listed in the series’
guides to numerous international
travel spots. London, Paris, New
York, Amsterdam, Bangkok —
name the destination, and you are
likely to find a cat cafe, each one
with its own special charm created
by the cats that are lucky enough
to call such cafes home.
From a cat lover’s perspective,
it’s all about the “fur fix” when you
are traveling and away from your
own fur kids and missing them.
And let’s face it: Cats and cappuccinos go together as wonderfully
as whiskey and soda.
The country most associated
with cat cafes has to be Japan.
And while Japan seems to take the
credit for having the most cafes
and creating the most tourism-friendly hype around them, the
original cafe is believed to have
been the Cat Flower Garden, also
known as Cafe Dog & Cats, which
opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998.
The intention was to provide
Taiwanese cat lovers, whose own
homes were too small or didn’t
allow residents to keep pets, a
place to go and enjoy cats. The
cafes caught on in Japan for the
very same reason.
But, as far as I am concerned,
they exist for an even more
important reason than a fur fix:
They provide a wonderful, homelike environment for the adopted
cats that live there. In cities without restrictions on keeping cats in
homes, they offer a social venue
where people can come, spend
time enjoying their company, and,
in some cafes, even adopt a feline
that has stolen their heart.
And it is this very reason that
makes cat cafes possibly the most
important social phenomenon
for felines since the invention of
The Port of Oakland’s cargo cranes and dock area inspired the
interior design of the Cat Town Cafe’s Cat Zone.
CAT TOURISM By sandy roBIns
forthe l o v eofcats
Get Your Fur Fix at a Cat Cafe