A cat café is a place where you can go to hangout with cats in a relaxing environment. The cats at a cat café are free to roam around the cat lounge and visitors are free to interact with the cats in that area. In the United States many of these cats may be up for adoption with some cat cafés having some permeant resident cats.
Origin of Cat Cafés
“The concept began in Taiwan in 1998, but has found a special foothold in Japan, where more than 150 cat cafés have opened in the last ten years. While it might seem like a gimmicky fad, the cafés actually attract a large number of tourists and locals alike. In Japanese cities, many residents lack the space or time to care for their own cats, and the cat cafés offer animal interaction for a minimal investment.” – CLICK HERE for full article.
Cat Cafés in the United States
Cat cafes in the United States have a similar concept to those abroad, but due to health regulations the “food & drink” area must be separated from the “cat area”. At Enchanted Cat Café we have a large café & meeting area that is completely separate from our cat lounge.