In our second week in Thailand a friend from Japan told us about the odd cafes they have in Japan. One odd type was a Maid Cafe where the servers are dressed as maids and you can pay $5 per game to play games with them. Another was a Cat Cafe, where you pay a premium for your drinks but the cafe is filled with cats that you can pet.
Six weeks into living in Thailand we walked by a cat cafe and, needless to say, we stopped for coffee. It was weirder than we expected it to be.
The Cat Cafe is Real
That’s right, for between $3-6 a drink, you can have coffee AND pet cats. This is the sort of giant leap Neil Armstrong was talking about decades ago. Starbucks heard about it and tried it in the US but had to shut it down when the PETA filed a “discriminatory hiring” lawsuit; apparently they were only using pretty cats.
Here in Asia, where you can hire whichever cat suits you, there’s hardly any reason to go to a normal cafe anymore.
Our experience was so odd that it seemed the only way to capture the experience was to take our pictures and turn them into a set of MIMEs:
If you’re thinking that you wouldn’t know what to do, don’t worry. There’s a half dozen girls who work there whose job is to help you play with the cats. They’ll provide you with toys, switch in the more energetic cats when some get tired, keep them hopped on cat-knip, and if all else fails they will pull out a laser pointer. Is there any cat whose mind isn’t blown by the untouchable red dot?
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