Borrow A Cat’s Affection At Japan’s Cat Cafés

We've seen pet rental companies, which while successful, have created controversy with animal rights activists worldwide. Now, there is a new more humane way for people to mix and mingle with their favorite furry friends in the comfort of a public place. In Japan, cat cafes have been popping up all over the place, allowing people to relax with a cup of coffee while receiving the purr-fect, relaxing companionship of a kitty.

The Calico Cat Café is one example of a successful cat café business in Tokyo. With over 3 locations in existence in Japan, people are flocking to the unique cafes because they love pets, but just can't commit to having one at home or are restricted by the strict housing regulations in the country. For 800 YEN per hour or 2000 YEN for three hours, animals lovers can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and find themselves ignored, or occasionally delivered affection by the cats when the mood suits them; just like any pet lover would if they could have cats in the comfort of their own homes.

While there are many strays in Japan, they do not join the furry ranks at Cat Café; however, advertisements for strays that need a home are posted throughout the establishment. To protect their animals from illness, Cat Café requires that patrons thoroughly wash their hands, and any animal brought on the premises is vet checked and vaccinated.

Unlike other pet rental services, the cats at Calico Cat Café are cared for in one location by experienced pet lovers and not passed around from home to home. Although, I would be willing to bet that for some, this form of pet leasing remains a controversial topic.

Do you think a cat café would thrive in North America? Would you visit?

Via: HappyLOLDay, Reuters


Mar 25, 2009
by J. Barker (not verified)

I would visit...

My 26 pound cat (who seems to have no bones... very floppy) is one of the few things that keeps me from going on a 10 state killing spree.  Well... okay... a 5 state killing spree...

Mar 25, 2009
by Fashion Finds (not verified)

 I agree, my pets (cat and

 I agree, my pets (cat and dogs) definitely get me through certain days! I would visit even with my own at home, but think it's a fantastic idea for those who can't have their own for whatever reasons. 

 My cat, at about 18 lbs and hopefully decreasing (though probably still gaining) still has a way to go on the weight front to catch up to yours!


Beth Graddon-Hodgson                                                                                                                              Innovative & Weird Fashions Writer/Innovative Businesses Writer


Mar 25, 2009
by Anonymous



Mar 26, 2009
by Anonymous

I love my moo!

I have the best kitty! she is also somewhat rotund and very snuggley. she would be a prefect therapy cat. she loves to be held and will stretch out in your arms and look at you upside down. Moo!

Mar 26, 2009
by Anonymous

The only thing sadder...

Than a dead cat in the road, is the one that I missed.

Mar 27, 2009
by Anonymous

It would never work in the US

We're so germ phobic, food regulators, health inspectors, zoning laws and whatever other fine-tooth-comb micro managing regulation the city can come up with as an excuse would prevent this from taking place. While most of the regulations are probably more for revenue generating than truly being protective of the public's interest, they would still prevent anyone from opening any food establishment where an animal might dare to tread. It's OK for the cooks' and servers' hairs to be in our food, but God forbid that cat dander grace our shared air space.

Mar 27, 2009
by Anonymous

You, sir...

are a despicable person.