Here’s a recap of my March 2013 visit to Tom’s Cafe, a place filled with fat furry felines in Hongdae 😀
Get to know your kitties here, you’ll be spending a lot of time with each other 😉
I’m guessing this says ‘Don’t disturb the cat, if it doesn’t want attention’ and ‘Don’t pick up any cats’. I did see a girl trying to pick one up, and it was most displeased (the board drawing is a pretty accurate depiction of the cat’s annoyance!).
No official entry fee to the cafe, but you need to buy an (over-priced) drink. Which is fine, since you’ll be spending lots of quality feline time here. <And yes, that’s me, kinda bushed after one long day’s trek in Hongdae>
This is a mini-parlour of sorts with kitties reclining languidly on a mound of pillows as cute as themselves ^^ Loads of folks trying to pat and take pics of them. So you need to wait for a right opening to squeeze in like a seasoned ajumma in a crowded train.
The more energetic cats get to show off their athleticism to their adoring audience. What, no audience? Time to hop back down to the downy comforts of the pillow parlour.
Apparently cat cafes are a popular dating spot. It seems to be the standard practice for guys to try to lure a cat worthy of their date’s tastes. But foolish humans, you don’t choose the cat, the cat chooses you! <And no amount of toy-waving will bring them over!> 😛
For visitors coming in alone, never fear – it means more attention devoted to the feline goddess who deigns to smile on you that day
My favourite was this b~i~g kittie who was more fur than cat. It emerged suddenly from a pumpkin plastic cave, and rolled over to demand instant adoration by the masses. I made the mistake of patting its tummy (sorry, I’m actually a dog-person, my dogs love a good belly-rub). Captain Cuddles was most aggrieved and swiped a claw at me. Fortunately it missed, and the rest of its human servants quickly patted him in all the right places to make up for my misstep *___*
Seeing the happy visitors and well-kept cats in Tom’s Cafe, I had a thought that animal shelters can set up pet cafes to house and showcase cats or dogs to potential adopters. Having taken in two shelter dogs, I know the anxiety and indecision that lies in adopting an animal you’ve never seen before. The cafe would provide a sustainable income for the shelter. And people might be more open to the idea of adoption, having spent more time interacting with the animals in a comfortable setting.
Imagine this sweet kittie in your neighbourhood cat cafe. Wouldn’t you just want to offer him a loving home? 🙂
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