Stressed out? Overworked? Feeling unloved? Perhaps you need some downtime with a furry friend, away from the pressures of a high-tech workplace. Cat cafes, a novel concept appealing to everyone from lost souls to burned-out commuters, are a growing trend in some of the world’s big cities.
The idea is simple. The cafes offer an opportunity to spend an hour or so in the company of cats and kittens while sipping your favourite drink.
Courtney Hatt, an animal-lover and former tech worker in San Francisco, opened the city’s first cat cafe in June. KitTea has a cat petting room where customers pay by the hour to lounge around with assorted felines, which are all available for adoption. The cafe also serves exotic Japanese teas in a separate area.