Friday, December 5, 2014

Portland's first cat cafe opens soon

In January, Portland pet lovers will have a new haven; Purrington's Cat Lounge opens with various beverages - and cats up for adoption. Cat cafés are a big thing in Asia, and the USA has seen pop-up cat cafés in New York and California, but this is the first time for Portland.

Ten of the cats will live at the café, but all cats are up for adoption, and it costs $7 to visit with them for an hour.

The food service is in an area separate from the cats to adhere to the Oregon Food Code, but customers can take their drinks into the kitty lounge if they want to, or watch the felines through a glass divider.

The establishment is still under construction, but will be ready in time for the grand premiere.

The first cat café in the world started in Taiwan over a decade ago, and the concept spread over Asia. These establishments are particularly popular in Japan, where there is at least 150 cat cafés, giving people the opportunity to cure loneliness and relieve stress.

There are also cat cafés in Europe. Dinah's Cat Emporium in London had 20,000 people wanting to enter the 30-seat café when it opened.

What do you think? Is it a good idea? Would you visit a cat café?

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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