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Paying for Petting Time in Japan's Cat Cafés [video]
Time Video ^

Posted on 01/13/2013 2:00:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

In Osaka, Japan, where many apartment dwellers aren't allowed to keep pets, cat fanciers spend time with their favorite felines at the Cats' Time Café

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Kawaii!!!

[Thanks to Gefn for the link!]

1 posted on 01/13/2013 2:00:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/13/2013 2:03:05 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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3 posted on 01/13/2013 2:04:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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4 posted on 01/13/2013 2:05:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My catz so want to be involved in this scam.

/johnny

5 posted on 01/13/2013 2:07:34 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very nice! I’m not a cat fanatic but I would like to have one, except that I travel a lot and it’s hard to make arrangements for kitty. It’s nice to see how this entrepreneurial Japanese cat lady has managed to find a niche. (Beautiful cats, too...does she audition them?)


6 posted on 01/13/2013 2:09:02 PM PST by livius
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To: Slings and Arrows

I love this concept, and I wish it would catch on here in America. The result would be more cats with a place to live, and more people with lower blood pressure. Win-win. :)


7 posted on 01/13/2013 2:11:45 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Slings and Arrows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzgxQd83vFk


8 posted on 01/13/2013 2:28:53 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Slings and Arrows

Brings to mind Angie Dickinson on Johnny Carson oh so many years ago.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 2:35:29 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Slings and Arrows

If they were a tad younger, I would want very badly to play with their...kitty.

Ahem.


10 posted on 01/13/2013 2:45:19 PM PST by gaijin
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To: CatherineofAragon

We Americans should appreciate how fortunate we are—more spacious housing AND we get to have our own cats!

(Though I think they’d be a nice addition to any cafe...)


11 posted on 01/13/2013 2:49:30 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Very, very true.


12 posted on 01/13/2013 2:50:42 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Bender2

So what would one name such a place?

The Heavy Petting Cafe

Rent a Pussycat Emporium

StarKatz

etc ... etc...


13 posted on 01/13/2013 2:50:49 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

I believe the Pussycat Lounge has already been used.


14 posted on 01/13/2013 2:54:23 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: SpaceBar

Addictive, aren’t they?


15 posted on 01/13/2013 3:10:39 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I failed to put the title of that youtube for those who hate clicking random links. It’s Sheldon Cooper and his cats from The Big Bang Theory.


16 posted on 01/13/2013 3:13:04 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar; Slings and Arrows

The Soft Kitteh lounge works for me.


17 posted on 01/13/2013 4:16:00 PM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: livius
I saw that a LOT of the cats featured in her cafe were Maine Coons, and very nice specimens they were, too. They are known for their gentle and loving nature, as well as their gigantic size and beautiful luxuriant coat. GOOOOOO Coons!

(Guess what kind of cat I have...)

18 posted on 01/13/2013 4:16:37 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pussy Galore


19 posted on 01/13/2013 4:27:00 PM PST by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: livius
My wife now has five.

Want one?

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

20 posted on 01/13/2013 4:29:14 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Slings and Arrows

They tried this with different animals in Japan. The Croc Time Cafe just didn’t work out. They never could get any repeat business.


21 posted on 01/13/2013 4:29:14 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: CatherineofAragon

It looks to be cheaper than drugs or therapy anyway.


22 posted on 01/13/2013 4:31:15 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Another kind of cat house.


23 posted on 01/13/2013 4:35:00 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m fortunate to have my own little guy right here...plopped on my lap as I surf the net.


24 posted on 01/13/2013 4:39:41 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

As soon as you get rid of that damn cat - was it Angie Dickinson or Jane Fonda?......


25 posted on 01/13/2013 4:42:57 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: DFG

Check please!


26 posted on 01/13/2013 4:52:32 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Was it Zsa Zsa?


27 posted on 01/13/2013 5:23:11 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Slings and Arrows

We spent a couple months in Guangzhou China, back in the late 90’s (hubby’s job assignment and since it was extended time, the company sent us too.)

They had cat cafes too, only they served cats as the food. In the local market there were cats and dogs for sale, and in front of restaurants, you could see cats in a cage, or skinned cats hanging. advertising the restaurant’s specialty.

In the Guangzhou zoo they had a cage with a wolf in it, and in the next cage was a German Shepherd We decided they had to lock him up to keep him from being eaten.


28 posted on 01/13/2013 5:31:04 PM PST by memyselfandi59
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To: GraceG

LOL ! This can be so misconstrued !

Actually this is a cool concept though but hard telling if it would catch on. One advantage is people can enjoycats without having to deal with the maintenance such as shots, litter box cleaning and having to find someone to take care of it when leaving town.

> So what would one name such a place?

> The Heavy Petting Cafe

> Rent a Pussycat Emporium


29 posted on 01/13/2013 5:35:39 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: 9YearLurker

We use to have many businesses with a cat mascot. Lots of fun to go buy some item & stop to pet the cat. Now the county health department is involved & has banned the cats. More like Amerikka than America, I’m afraid...


30 posted on 01/13/2013 5:51:51 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Slings and Arrows

31 posted on 01/13/2013 5:54:34 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Twotone

You’re right—and it’s a shame.


32 posted on 01/13/2013 5:59:52 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: SpaceBar

I enjoy that show. Not sure why I don’t watch it more often.

Sheldon Cooper is possibly the most socially inept sitcom character ever. But at least he likes kitties. :)


33 posted on 01/13/2013 6:17:28 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: livius
True story. When my family lived in Japan, my daughter wanted a cat in the worst way, but it was forbidden where we lived. A friend told her about a cat that lived in a local park. Nobody owned it, but all the cat lovers in the neighborhood looked after it and brought it food. One even took care of its shots. I didn't believe my daughter until she took me to the park one day. She called the cat and it came running to her. Very nice tempered feline. It lived under the tool shed in the park by night and interacted with the public by day.

Fast forward to today and she married a young man who also loves cats. They recently adopted one for my grandson, age 22 months. Who allows him to play pretty rough without any retaliation except walking away when it gets to be too much.

Most of the time, they are the best of pals.

34 posted on 01/13/2013 6:29:04 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: livius
True story. When my family lived in Japan, my daughter wanted a cat in the worst way, but it was forbidden where we lived. A friend told her about a cat that lived in a local park. Nobody owned it, but all the cat lovers in the neighborhood looked after it and brought it food. One even took care of its shots. I didn't believe my daughter until she took me to the park one day. She called the cat and it came running to her. Very nice tempered feline. It lived under the tool shed in the park by night and interacted with the public by day.

Fast forward to today and she married a young man who also loves cats. They recently adopted one for my grandson, age 22 months, who allows him to play pretty rough without any retaliation except walking away when it gets to be too much.

Most of the time, they are the best of pals.

35 posted on 01/13/2013 6:30:19 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

I heard it was Raquel Welch. Can’t remember if I was in junior high or high school when it happened, but the boys laughed about it for days.


36 posted on 01/13/2013 6:33:17 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BenLurkin

Fortunate indeed.


37 posted on 01/13/2013 8:14:54 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We had two cats we’d picked up in the paddies when we lived in Japan. Named them Chip and Dale and took care of them lovingly for almost four years then we were to be shipped back stateside. We had to adopt them out because of the costs to get them back to the US (E-4’s in the military back in the late 1950’s were way below the poverty level). Living in the rice paddies post WWII Japan was quite the experience too. The Japanese were not as honorable as we would like to believe...they’d rob we military dependents blind at every turn.


38 posted on 01/13/2013 8:53:20 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Might have been Zsa Zsa or Angie - I always remembeed it as Hanoi Jane, but it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, my memory dims - this week a local PBS station repeated an old “American Masters” two hour show on Carson - I waited with great hopes for the entire time, but while they showed some of his “risque” stuff (to one woman guest “I always go for any opening I can find”) they never did show the pussycat bit - guess the censors caught up with it, but it really was one of the funniest lines of a consistently funny show......


39 posted on 01/13/2013 8:56:27 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Slings and Arrows

What a pleasant place. Domo arigato!


40 posted on 01/13/2013 10:37:57 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

Dou itashimashite.


41 posted on 01/13/2013 11:28:29 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Viking2002
I've had five for some time. the soon to be ex brought in two and then we acquired three more over the years. When she moved out last summer. she asked me if it was ok for me to keep the cats. I replied " no problem, they've treated me better than you have". That was received with a stony silence...

CC

42 posted on 01/15/2013 3:33:22 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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