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"Cat Cafes": Coming to a City Near You?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:00am
cat lounging in the window of a cat cafe

California residents will soon be able to enjoy a trend that's already popular in Japan—cat cafes! Two of these cute cafes, where people can savor their coffee while watching playful kittens, are set to open in Oakland and San Francisco by the end of the year.

The new cat cafes will not only add an extra shot of adorable to one’s afternoon coffee break, but also help more felines find their forever homes by bringing confident shelter cats out into the public eye. Don’t worry about receiving a side of hairballs with your latte; food preparation and the kitten play area will be kept completely separate.

There are numerous health benefits of pet ownership, so a little kitten pick-me-up is the perfect complement to an afternoon coffee break. The increased exposure these shelter cats receive will help them and other homeless felines find homes.  

Do you think cat cafes will catch on across the country? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re reading this on your coffee break, check out the ASPCA’s own virtual cat cafe.

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This is so purr-fect! (Please excuse that terrible pun) I'm the biggest cat lady so these Cat Cafes are so for me! I just hope Texas gets on board because this is the greatest thing I've ever heard of.




We'll be glad to have such thing in St Louis!


hope one opens up in NYC!


So glad to hear this. I hope they work out and end up going across the country.

Samantha Aungle

I think the exposure is a good way to sell the kittens to loving homes, and people don't have to go out of their way. I had actually had a dream of building a pet place, with a healing clinic, a pet cafe (suitable for sociable pets to eat with their owners), a grooming salon, a nibbles market, and a large play area.


I, by way of this email, formally ask that someone in the know make this happen in the Seattle/Tacoma area, including Auburn, Kent, Federal Way, Algona, Enumclaw, Fife, Olympia, and all parts of nw washington.