“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” — Terry Pratchett
In Japan, pets are the new kids. As the nation rapidly edge toward zero population growth (1950 fertility rate = 3.65; 2009 = 1.21), cat and dog obsession is reaching strange heights – even for the Japanese. The latest example is the increasing number of cat cafes. According to the GlobalPost, one magazine listed 39 such establishments, up from 1 just two years ago.
At one of these, Calico, “customers pay to sip tea and stroke one of the 20-odd resident cats, representing 17 different breeds.” An hour of doing a cat’s bidding costs about $9.
Customers at Calico are given a set of rules when they enter:
- wear your cat-access pass around your neck at all times
- no one under 5th grade may enter
- cats too young to be held have scarves around their necks
- do not hold or stroke a cat if it resists you
- never wake a napping cat
- bringing cat nip or cat food to the cafe is strictly forbidden.
Oddly, nothing about trying to bathe them.
Well, I guess if you live in a place where you can’t have pets…OK, it sounds nuts no matter how you look at it.
We just adopted a dog from a wonderful privately run animal shelter. They entice volunteers to come and walk and/or play with the animals by pointing out that if they aren’t allowed pets where they are volunteering can be satisfying. Maybe they should start charging for the privilege?
can we just stop pretending that we’re in charge? Let’s start there.
>>>can we just stop pretending that we’re in charge? Let’s start there.>>
In charge of what?
The cats help earn money for the cafe’s that gave them a home..
No money=no afford to take in homeless cats.
Seems like a win/win to me.