The mission of the cat cafes: a story that began in Taiwan and spread throughout the world

Cat cafeterias serve as a safe place for animals that are rescued from the street (File)
Cat cafeterias serve as a safe place for animals that are rescued from the street (File)

Coexistence between pets is not always in the best way, there will be some occasions when they behave very territorial and become defensive when they feel attacked.

Such was the case with a group of cats who starred in a fight in an exclusive place for felines known colloquially as “Cat Café” or Café de Gatos.

The video recently went viral on social media as instagram Y TikTok where the cats are seen throwing each other in the middle of the food hall, while some waiters try to control them.

The clip has reached almost 700 thousand likes on both platforms and many of the Internet users have highlighted that “it is a bad idea” to gather many cats in one place, because they tend to be very territorial.

The “Cat Cafes” They are a space where people can live with the cats that are in the place, plus you can also eat there. This idea arose in Asia and over the years more stores of this type opened their doors in different parts of the world.

The first space dedicated to cats was founded in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan, due to its success the idea spread throughout the world (REUTERS / Rula Rouhana)
The first space dedicated to cats was founded in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan, due to its success the idea spread throughout the world (REUTERS / Rula Rouhana)

Neko Hanazono (Jardín de los Gatos) was the first place on record, which was founded in 1998 in Taipei; Japanese and Koreans came to the place due to the attraction of being able to live with cats, while consuming some food.

“Inside the store, there is a glass-enclosed resting area for cats, and each table has a dedicated cat chair with cushions,” described Yuka Aoki, a Japanese journalist for the magazine. asciiin a special article on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the first cat cafeteria.

The place established a rule of behavior between cats; if one of them got along badly with the one sitting at another tablewas put in a glass room together with its owner, in order to avoid problems.

Given the success achieved in Taiwan for dedicating an exclusive space for cats and all the fans of this species, in 2005 it was inaugurated Neko no Jikan (Cat Time) in the region of osaka and a year later he opened the store Neko no Mise (Cat Store) in Machida in Tokyo Prefecture.

It is expected that in Tokyo alone there are about 50 Neko Cafesand according to a survey carried out by the Nikkei Trendy NET portal, almost three quarters of the people who go to these places do not have a pet.

Going to these places is a great help, income from consumption represents a large part of the money dedicated to treating and caring for rescued cats (REUTERS / Rula Rouhana)
Going to these places is a great help, income from consumption represents a large part of the money dedicated to treating and caring for rescued cats (REUTERS / Rula Rouhana)

Businesses that have settled in Latin America aim to make people aware about the importance of caring for these animals, which is why they are usually adoption points for the cats they rescue.

In the Mexico City is located “Catfecito”, initiative of the association “La Casa del Gato Gazzu”, which seeks to “help, protect and find a home for cats and animals in street situations”, according to the description on its official Facebook page.

The sale of their products such as feline-themed beers, coffees or cakes are the biggest income they have to help the animals they rescue.

In Santiago de Chile the first cat café in the southern region of the continent was inaugurated, “Dali’s World”, this place also has the same objective of caring for and finding a new family for these pets.

“‘The World of Dalí offers a space for humans and cats to connect with each visit and to create bonds that even allow them to live the rest of their lives together,” they specify on their website.

cat cafe Buenos Aires defines itself as a “very special little place” where you can drink coffee and do cat therapy, which seeks to combat stress, anxiety and people’s low mood.

These establishments have a reservation system to be able to live the “cat experience”, due to the small space in which they are located; Just by attending to consume a few products you are helping street cats have a safe place to live.

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