10 Meowtastic Cat Cafes in the U.S.

Cat cafes are the acceptable way to cheat on your cat, get some cat time in while you’re out of town, or enjoy the stress relief benefits of hanging with feline friends. Cat cafes offer a space for patrons to pay an hourly fee or cover charge to hang out with cats. No need to remember to pick up cat food on your way home from work, or clean the litter box, just the joys of hanging out with kitties. Many locations offer beverages and snacks, depending on local health codes. Most businesses will partner with a local animal shelter to help animals get adopted.

Cat cafes originated in Taiwan. In 1998, the world’s first cat cafe, Cat Flower Garden, opened it’s doors and created a new cultural phenomenon. The idea caught on in Japan due to no pet policies in urban apartments. Japan now has over 150 cat cafés. The idea quickly spread to Asia, Europe, and cat cafés have been popping up all over the world.

When entering the enclosed cat area, or switching your attention to another kitty, expect to sanitize your hands. This is to protect the cats from germs that we carry. Be familiar with feline expressions. Cats show their discomfort by pinning their ears back or flipping their tails. Disrupting a peaceful cat nap or picking up a cat can result in a quick bite or scratch. Before bringing children into cat cafés, educate them on how to properly interact with animals. Avoid loud noises and only play with kitties that are showing their play faces.

Cat Cafes are becoming more popular all over the world. If you’ve been to one of our featured cat cafes, leave a review in the comment section! Check out subsequent pages to find a popular cat cafe in your area!

Check out these top ten Cat Cafes in North America –

  1. Meow Parlour – New York City, New York

  2. Crumbs & Whiskers – Washington DC

  3. Le Café Des Chats – Montréal, Canada

  4. Planet Tails Cat Café – Naples, Florida

  5. Denver Cat Company – Denver, Colorado

  6. Cat Town Café – Oakland, California

  7. The Cat Cafe – San Diego, California

  8. KitTea – San Francisco, California

  9. Catfe – Los Angeles, California

  10. Purrington’s Cat Lounge – Portland, Oregon

 

 

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Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/56592/brief-history-cat-cafe
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paying-purrs-japans-cat-cafes-180949536/?no-ist
http://www.catcafesd.com/us/whats-a-cat-cafe/
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120402-worldwide-weird-feline-fun-in-japans-cat-cafes

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