I’m sorry. To all the cats that I had obliviously commented on how their eyes creeped me out, or how they all looked unfriendly, and how I would always prefer dogs over cats: please accept my sincere apology.
My decision to visit Kawaii Kitty Café was initially out of pure curiosity. It costed $10/hour per person to visit the cat room. Yes, even though it is a kitty café, if you are allergic to animal fur or anything, you can still enjoy the café since the two areas are separate. I remember I was lamenting on how “expensive” it was to see the cats and I wouldn’t even spend the whole 60 minutes in there anyway. Well, guess what, I ran over time.
Just a head up, the room smells a bit funky for the first 5 minutes. Not because it was unhygienic or anything. You know, it’s just cats’ odor. And when there are six or seven cats in the room, inevitably the smell is recognizable. We were lucky enough that the owner of the shop happened to be there too. He introduced us to the cats and informed us about their personalities so we could know what to expect. On the wall hung a chalkboard with their names on it. Some were a bit sassy while some would just be all lovey dovey. Bagel was the feisty one. She scratched me couple of times when I tried to approached her. But eventually, well, they all gave up when you presented the treats…
Teamed up with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the café also functions as a temporary and safe living environment for the kitties, until they find a new home. People at Kawaii Kitty Café takes the adoption process very seriously. Treating every cat as their own family members, they want to ensure that once sent away, every cat can live a long and happy life. As much as I don’t want to acknowledge it, but discrimination does happen, consiously or unconsciouly . Cats that are either handicapped or old aren’t usually the top choices for adoption. Kawaii Kitty Café offers great opportunities where customers can interact with the cats, on a more sublime emotional level.
An hour playing with them was truly a peaceful and well spent hour. I walked out with this earnest desire to take one home with me, but I knew I couldn’t. I mean, heck, I can barely take care of myself...(lol) But for whoever else is ready, please pay a visit to Kawaii Kitty Cafe. Coffee date is so boring, but cats and coffee date isn't ;)
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