Cat Cafes, Popular Japan Hangouts (Video)

Cat Cafes are popular hangouts for animal loving workers in Japan who want to spend a stress free evening playing with dozens of cats that call the specialty coffee shops home. A change to Japan’s Animal Protection Law threatens the future of these kitty retreats.

The new animal welfare law is designed to put an end to Japan’s late-night pet shops that sell kittens and puppies all night long, but the cafes are being incorporated into the new restrictions as well. The amendment is designed to protect young animals and allow them to rest at night.

The law puts a curfew on Cat Cafes forcing them to close at 8p.m. instead of 10p.m.

Cafe owners say the situation is different for the cats at their shops. The felines sleep all day and come to life in the evenings when customers arrive for playtime.  They worry about how they will provide for their animals if business falls off.

Below is a video proivided by uzoouk of a typical Cat Cafe in Tokyo.  Do you think it exploits the cats that live there?


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Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Heather O.
Heather Osborne3 years ago

Anyone who has lived with cats, been around them enough, know that they do most of their running around at night. For those who haven't, think of when the neighbourhood stray gets into your trash, at night.

I can understand for the stores, but these cats are in their own home, with people visiting them when they are most active.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

i like this idea.. the cats are happy. the people are happy. they are fed and taken care of and loved...

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

Interesting concept--it sounds great for people and animals--but I would need to know more. If it were a home for strays and it was open to the public for playtime, it doesn't seem bad, but it's a thin line. 8pm does sound strict--why not til 10 still? Cats are nocturnal creatures and they'll sleep at least 18 hours a day no matter the time.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla4 years ago

I have never heard of this before! What a great idea :)
I would love to have one of those here :)

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes4 years ago

I think this is a great idea. The cats are in a safe place and are being taken care of. They are NOT being abused, this is the MOST important thing!!

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

SeattleAnn S. we may be fighting with people who side with others who don't wan the blind to have guide dogs.

1) guide dogs are breed. you can adopt a perflecty smart adult dog from a shelter and teach it(gender netural?) everything they need to know, to help a blind person not need an assistant living with them 24/7.

2) a blind person canot see if the dog is sick

3) they get shuffled around homes to much and don't get to be forever with their family

4) for some reason PETA thinks the dogs are always in a harness

5) and never get to be a real dog, play with other dogs and romp in the grass.

6) PETA also thinks the dogs live in a cage when not working.

all of them are lunitic ideas, and the last of them are out of ignorance.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.4 years ago

What a dumb rule for the cat cafes. The cats there are not forced to stay in small cages all day; they are free to run around the entire cafe and play freely. Also, from the many articles I've seen about these cat cafes, it's clear the Japanese are kind to the cats and do not try to force them to do things they don't want. They have a mutually beneficial fun and relaxing relationship, so why infringe on the therapy provided by these special cafes?

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

The people and cats benefit from these cafes. I don't see what's the problem and it's true that cats sleep all day and are more active at night.