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cat cafe

My brother just sent me this: http://flushrush.com/cat-cafe-in-osaka/

It's a place where you can go to pet cats.  Kind of a cute idea, as long as they're taking good care of the cats, which they seem to be.  I wonder where the cats come from.

Thats cute, It'd be even cooler if they rescue the cats and mabye the money goes towards helping them? If it does, i'd go there (even with allergies) all the time, haha.

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On a barely-related note, I saw the title of this thread and thought it was about the Cat Cafe in St. Petersburg - great Georgian cuisine if you're ever in Russia  ;)b

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This seems to treat the cats as commodities.  They are constantly exposed to strangers and coaxed into people's laps.  And how can they be fed a proper diet if people are feeding them in order to get them to come over to them? This almost reminds me of the pet rental service thing. I dunno, I mean, I'd probably enjoy going there as much as any cat lover, but it doesn't seem right to me. 

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This seems to treat the cats as commodities.  They are constantly exposed to strangers and coaxed into people's laps.  And how can they be fed a proper diet if people are feeding them in order to get them to come over to them? This almost reminds me of the pet rental service thing. I dunno, I mean, I'd probably enjoy going there as much as any cat lover, but it doesn't seem right to me. 

Didnt think of it that way, good point.

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That was...odd. Well--they at least all looked happy and healthy in the pictures--but I agree, they are definitely being exloited for money, like someone else said, if they were strays and the money was going for their ccare--that would be pretty awesome...but how likely is that? I am just going to hope that they are consistently well cared for <3 <3

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I agree that there could  be major issues with this place, but I have to say going somewhere where I did nothing but pet kitties for an hour would make me the happiest person on earth.

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I have been known to go to the vet's across the street and "borrow" a goggie to pet for a bit...I don't remove them from the premises but I do sit down and pet whoever's waiting for the groomer. They seem to like it, too. Of course it's a freebie! Or I will go to my neighbour and borrow her mutt for a little "puppy therapy."

But the cats where I live tend to be semiferal, and would not put up with strangers wanting to pet, hold or handle them. If the cats are properly socialised and cared for and the people are monitored to make sure they treat them gently, I'd be there.

Bear in mind it is Japan...where people pay to breathe oxygen!

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