Cat cafe is fun for fans of felines A cat climbs on the back of Megan Ledet, left, as Christina Souza, right, looks on at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California (AP photos)
Cat cafe is fun for fans of felines
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Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance to spend time with feline company at a cat cafe in Oakland.

Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.

The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan. There, many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don't allow pets.

While making feline friends became popular therapy for lonely or anxious workers in Japan, the Oakland coffee shop puts the focus on the animals.

The tuxedo, orange tabby and Siamese cats napping or stretching in the sun in Cat Town come from a shelter. They are available for adoption.

The cafe wants to find homes for the felines, said Ann Dunn, founder of Cat Town Oakland. It's a nonprofit group that helps place cats least likely to be adopted from the Oakland Animal Shelter.

She said there were 14 adoptions in their first 12 days.

For a $10 donation to the organization, visitors get one hour of kitty company in the cafe. They can play with felines, scratch their backs and watch them nap. Each person is given a designated window of time. That's to make sure there are not too many people at once in the room. It is painted with cartoon-like, bright murals of cats.

Cat naps are very popular at the cafe, but Christina Souza, who visited on a recent afternoon, didn't seem to mind.

"I think it's fun, it's great, it's exciting," Souza said. "Why not have more venues where cats can let out their fun personalities?"

Cat cafes are open in London, Vienna and Paris. Cat Town's founders believe their coffee shop is the first of its kind in the United States.

Critical thinking challenge: Why would interacting with cats at a cat caf improve their odds of being adopted?

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COMMENTS (102)
  • jiminyg-Tho
    11/18/2014 - 11:20 a.m.

    I think it would affect the cat by when the people interact with the cat that cat will become more used to human and maybe more loving to humans and will get adopted faster.

  • logan142
    11/18/2014 - 11:49 a.m.

    This is so cool! I happen to be a cat lover, so I would love this! I hope those cats will find a home. They are so cute!!!

  • cheyanneh-Pen
    11/18/2014 - 11:52 a.m.

    I think when you get to interact with an animal for example a cat, you get to see how they are around people and other animals. You see how they act and how they can be. If you enjoy being around cats and you like how they are you would most likely would want to adopted one.

  • eyount000
    11/18/2014 - 12:05 p.m.

    I think that a cat cafe would be nice.Cats should be treated like humans.They are like dogs.Loyal, friendly, playful, and cute!A cat cafe would be nice in every continent.No, country.No, state.No, city!There should at least be one cat cafe in each city.me-ow!

  • BANA454545
    11/18/2014 - 12:06 p.m.

    That is cool that the cafe was going to help with cat adoptions and that is crazy that for taxes are 12 dollars tax that high tax.

  • 21jtmyer
    11/18/2014 - 12:14 p.m.

    Who started this, well who ever did started it really likes cats, I would of did it to when I got older that's a nice thing to do.

  • JG2000soccer
    11/18/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    It would improve the odds of a cat being adopted because the people may want a cat because they are use to them when they go to the cat caf.

  • abbyy-Eic
    11/18/2014 - 01:52 p.m.

    Who : Cats and People
    What: A cafe that is open to cats
    When: In the afternoon
    Where: In California
    Why: because people wantt to spend time with heir cats

  • angiehorse12
    11/18/2014 - 01:53 p.m.

    It would be cool to sit and drink a cup of tea with cats. You even get to see the cats nap and play with the cats. I wonder why there isn't a cat cafe where I live?

  • 12Tyler-May
    11/18/2014 - 02:16 p.m.

    Q:Why would interacting with cats at a cat caf improve their odds of being adopted?

    A:Interacting with cats at a caf improves their odds of getting adopted by letting the people play with them, and if the people like the cats they can adopt the cute little things!

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