Resident cats pose
for a picture while
customers dine in
the background at
Café Chat L'Heureux
Inset: A cat-inspired
coffee drink from
the café's menu.
BY CHRISTINA GUERRERO
COSTCO MEMBER Nicole Niska learned of [the cafés] were also adoption faci with the cats, and they're smiling and they
about cat cafés while vacationing in ties where you could adopt the cats there, look totally happy."
Seattle, Washington. When she returned whereas in Europe and Montreal they Cat cafés allow potential adopters to
home, she quit her job andopened herown weren't adoptable.
cat café in Edmonton
interact with adoptable cats in a homelike
Costco member Clément Marty dis setting where they can see the cats' true
"I got sick and tired of working for covered cat cafés in Tokyo when he visited personalities. Many café owners workwith
the man and decided to become the man Japan 10 years ago. He used crowdfund local shelters or cat rescues to find felines
myself" says Niska, who co-owns Paws ing to raise $50,000 to open his own veg- that will get along well in acolony. The cats
The Cat Café (pawsthecatcafe.com) with etarian café, called Café Chat L'Heureux get comfortable interacting with different
her husband, Michael. "Instead of being (cafechatlheureux.com), in Montreal; it visitors, who come in to play with them
someone else's employee, why not build a serves as a home to resident cats as well as using the cat toys that are provided
team andempower andhelp cats that need afoster home for adoptable kittens
homes, and create a really awesome fun,
creative spot for people to come drink a animal lovers whose rental properties being around people and [that] can handle
really good cup of coffee.
"They send us cats that will do well in
social situations with other cats, that like
Cat cafés provide an opport
don'tallow pets to spend quality time with
the commotion, like the café atmosphere,"
At a cat café you can pick up a cup of some furry friends. Marty says purr ther Furbacher says. "I think it's helped the
coffee and other delicacies and make your apy," or interacting with cats, has even shelter a lot, because it frees up more space
way to a lounge area full of cats. Cat cafés been shown to help reduce stress and anx for other cats that may be more shy: They
originated in Taiwan in the 1990s and iety-after all, it's hard to be tense when are just as great, but they might not thrive
in that kind of a setting.... I think it just
Furbacher adds, "Sometimes people expands the possibilities of what we're able
strayed to Japan, Korea, Europe and, more
recently, the United States and Canada.
petting a purring kitty.
Costco member Michelle Furbacher ll come in and they seem really stressed to do by just being able to adopt out more
owner of Catfé (catfe.ca) in Vancouver, has out or in a bad mood, and then you'll see cats andhaving another space for cats to go
visited cat cafés in Europe, along the west them half an hour later, after they've been to, so it frees up space at the shelter." c
coast ofthe United States and in Montreal.
"Each [cat café] is very different in
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