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[Animals and pets] Characteristics and differences between cat cafes and protected cat cafes, history

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In recent years, cat cafes have become popular all over the world, and you can often find them when walking around town. It has become popular for people who can’t keep cats at home because they can easily interact with cats, but on the other hand, there are also rescue cat cafes. So what are the differences between the two?

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What is a cat cafe?

A cat café is a café where cats are allowed to roam free. You can also touch and feed the cats. Furthermore, it refers to a cafe where you can drink tea and coffee. These cafes are open as cafes for the purpose of interacting with cats. Customers pay an entrance fee in addition to eating and drinking, and many places have a time system. By the way, the cats that are bred are originally abandoned cats or cats that have been handed over.

What is a protected cat cafe?

On the other hand, rescue cat cafes operate in exactly the same way as cat cafes, but they are cafes where you can interact with cats and if you have a cat you want to keep, you can adopt it as a foster parent. In other words, most of the cats in rescue cat cafes have lost their parents or become abandoned cats for some reason. Many of them are run by cat protection groups, and the cats in the cafes are looking for foster parents. In other words, it is also a place for visitors to take in cats.

history

A cat cafe is similar to a restaurant, but it is a place where the purpose is to be healed by cats. When did this cat cafe start? Actually not that long ago. The world’s first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. It became very popular in Taiwan and was known as a place where you can play with cats.

After that, cat cafes were born in Japan. It was born in Japan in 2004 at a shop called “Neko no Jikan” in Osaka. There are many animal cafes in Japan, and this place can be said to be the starting point. Also, in 2007 in Japan, a cat cafe called “cat cafe” in Okinawa started accepting abandoned cats and recruiting foster parents. This cafe closed in 2012 and became Nekomaru Cafe Okinawa.

After that, cat cafes appeared one after another outside of Asia. There are cat cafes in America, Australia, and even Europe. The rescued cat cafe Purnauskis opened in October 2014 in the Finnish city of Tampere. Also, there is a cat pub in Bristol, England. Cat cafes are popping up all over the world.

Companies that keep cats also appeared

Perhaps influenced by the global boom in cat cafes, hotels and companies that have cats have also appeared. There are even places where business owners take over cats and raise them in their companies. Employees have the privilege of owning a cat and being able to play with it during working hours. However, cats are capricious, so they only play with me when they feel like it. However, it is said that having a cat contributes to preventing depression and revitalizing the work environment.

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