Get ready to “meow” as Vancouver will soon get its first Cat Café in Fall 2014
Cat Café is not new to Canada as Sudbury, Ontario has already opened up one called, Small Things, (Cats and Books) (click here for more info). However, this will be the first Cat-Friendly café in Western Canada.
Already popular in Asian countries, particularly in S.Korea and Japan, where both Dog and Cat Cafés exist, it is a themed café where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while playing with its attraction- in this case, cats.
The first cat café opened in 1998 in Taiwan and grew a lot of attraction from visitors, especially from Japan. Since then, it has grown a lot of popularity with not just people from Asia, but from Europe as well, with already 7 Cat Cafés opened up in Europe alone.
“Catfé,” as the café will be called here in Vancouver, is founded and will be owned by Michelle Furbacher who hopes that “[p]eople will meet the cats, fall in love with them and maybe want to adopt them…” while they visit the café.
It has been proven that playing with a pet drastically reduce stress levels and a great way to get to know “Felines” for those who do not own pets.
Check out this video from EatYourKimchi that shows what a Cat Cafe looks like in S. Korea:
The Catfé currently has not yet finalized an exact location yet. It also is expecting some major obstacles as Canada is known for its strict regulations on food and safety.
While there is some skepticism on the success of a pet-hosted café in North America, Canada is known for its diversity and multiculturalism, and won’t be long until it catches on in Vancouver.
In addition to cats and coffee, the café is expecting to set up free WiFi, as well as an event space, and a small library.
For more news and update, Check out their Facebook page here.
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