Not to Be Outdone By S.F., Oakland Gets Its Own Cat Cafe

Categories: Coffee, Opening

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A cat café in Osaka, Japan.
As we reported last week, KitTea Café will be opening in San Francisco shortly, providing an "oasis" for humans and cats alike. Today, we learned that another cat café, Cat Town, will be opening in Oakland in the next few months. Like the name suggests, cat cafés are cafés for both humans and cats to enjoy. Although this description conjures up an image of rotund cat ladies draped in scarves and fur, perched on cafe stools whilst drinking coffee and talking aloud to their pets, SFist reported that the "goal is to provide homeless cats a place to call home."

Feral, unhoused, and otherwise abandoned cats will be brought to KitTea permanently in order to co-mingle with the human patrons of the café -- an arrangement that also gives the cats somewhere warm to live. Cat Town will have a similar purpose, but instead of the café becoming the forever home of the cats it adopts, founders Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn plan to team up with Oakland Animal Services in order to find displaced felines in need of a home and house them in the café temporarily until they can send them home with compatible (com-cat-ible?) café patrons.

And though humans and cats will be occupying the same space at KitTea, Cat Town will be divided into "a cat-free cafe with espresso drinks and light bites, and a 'cat zone,' equipped with hand-washing stations," according to Eater SF. This sounds like a more feasible set up, because without hand-washing stations and a separation between felines and food, there isn't much preventing the health department from coming along and cat-nipping the whole operation in the bud.

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Cat café in Taipei, Taiwan

Cat cafés aren't just a new, weird Bay Area Trend. They have actually been in existence since 1998, when the first one opened in Taiwan. Ever since then, cat-fés have been popping up all around the world, with 150 of them in Japan. Unlike the cat cafés mentioned earlier, the ones in Japan aren't about adopting the cats, but rather about cuddling them, and patrons must pay by the hour in order to do so. However, as KitTea explains on its startling website, which features a close-up of a cat's face staring at you the second you clink enter after typing in the URL, most apartments in Japan prohibit pets, which would explain why there are other establishments in Japan where people are free to frolic with their furry friends.

So, instead of being a place to bring your cat and pet him while you sip your latte, the cat cafés set for appearance in San Francisco and Oakland are more like SPCAs where you can simultaneously get your caffeine fix. And when you put it that way, it actually sounds more awesome and less ludicrous.




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nancy.rock
nancy.rock

What a fun way to shop for a cat to adopt!!!

birdregs
birdregs

I have a serious question...is anyone concerned about these cats and toxoplasmosis? If not why not? I hope ALL the cats have been tested for that disease so they don't spread it to humans...as it causes serious problems in humans, including schizophrenia according to some medical research. 

Alex Vazquez
Alex Vazquez

Alexander Sauers Sounds like a perfect hangout for you

Galser Marcos
Galser Marcos

Pretty sure Rome had shit like this right before it fell. #EndOfWesternCivilization

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

Great story ! It's great to read a real upper !

Erin Donovan
Erin Donovan

Nydia Cecilia - yes, let's do it. Simon and I are allll over it! :D

Lori Glumac
Lori Glumac

doubling my pussy pleasure...yes!Two pussies are always better than one.

Delia Ginorio
Delia Ginorio

Alysha Cornejo Marisa Muscio we gotta check it out!!!

Nydia Cecilia
Nydia Cecilia

Haley Ornelas and Erin Donovan, I'd been thinking of trying to see if either of you might be interested in an Oakland expedition, now I can add this to the list of places to see there.

Lynsey Corbett
Lynsey Corbett

haha Mindy McCrory I literally just read this in the East Bay Times!

Alysha Cornejo
Alysha Cornejo

Delia Ginorio Marisa Muscio Maria Cornejo OMG!!!!! Happy!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jenna Davis
Jenna Davis

Omg Erin! They've made their way Stateside! hahahaha

Erin Davis
Erin Davis

Jenna Davis you'll feel right at home moving here from Seoul! Haha

Mark Laudate
Mark Laudate

If there was a place I could eat burgers and cuddle with puppies.

Mark Laudate
Mark Laudate

Now for an actual doggy diner or puppy palace.

Shelley Mack
Shelley Mack

That's right! And your covering it helps saves lives. So thank you!

Bri Martinez
Bri Martinez

We can have cat cafés in the city but we can't have apartments that allow pets for a reasonable price?

dbaberrva
dbaberrva

did you read the article? Cat Town is an adoption and rescue organization that rescues cats from kill shelters. Cat Town Cafe will be an adoption center where folks can come and see newly rescued cats, perhaps adopt one, and enjoy a coffee in the meantime. what exactly is wasteful and ridiculous about that?


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