Skip to comments.Kyoto Entrepreneur Turned 13 Stray Kittens Into A Popular Business
Posted on 12/13/2013 6:47:17 AM PST by Innovative
Cat cafes, where patrons pay to hang out with cats, have become huge in Japan and spread around the world since the first one opened in Taiwan in 1998. Adorable felines, after all, may be the one thing that Starbucks can't match.
Case in point is Cat Cafe Nekokaigi owner Mayuko Horii, who opened Kyoto's first cat cafe in 2008 with 13 stray kittens. The ancient Japanese city happens to be full of stray cats.
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A lot of cute cat pictures (cats in the café) at the link.
Website of the Cat Café:
My old apartment in Kyoto had strays living outside. I never fed them but they’d beg for food every time I stepped outside.
The poor in Japan aren’t even allowed a cat in their small apartments.
Kitten Fried Rice?
Meow Goo GaiPan?
As far as I have seen, the Japanese don’t eat cat or dog as a cuisine. Chinese and Koreans will.. with or without relish.
Maybe Amazon.com could by out icanhascheezburger.com to have the internet version of that.
(This so calls for a link to “Cat in the Kettle” but I can’t do it from here)
General Tso’s Kitten?
(They don’t think that’s funny, by the way.)
Wonder what they pay the cat box cleaner.
There’s a bookstore in Park City that has a cat or two that roam around. We didn’t see them the last time we were there in October, but we heard other customers ask about them and they were assured the cats were still there.
Probably not enough, unless the Japanese penchant for high-tech oddities has extended to cat waste handling.
My grandmother would have been agitated by having a cat around her kitchen or dining room, and the thought of multiple cats would have made her absolutely apoplectic. I am now so used to our own feline buddies having the run of the house that it wouldn't be an issue for me given a reasonable amount of maintenance.
Over the years, I've generally enjoyed going into businesses that have a "store cat" or "dog on the staff;" a lot of times they also happen to be businesses that are easy to deal with. I don't know if there is any causation going on there, but I offer that off-the-cuff observation anyway.
According to Frisky the wonder tigress, I’d better not even think about trying to make her twitch her long long long beautiful tail for strangers, or she’ll make me chase her under the dresser where I can’t reach her and laugh at me.
They still have cats at Hemingway’s home:
“The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. Cats normally have five front toes and four back toes. About half of the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait but they all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA, which means that the ones that have 4 and 5 toes can still mother or father six-toed kittens. Most cats have extra toes on their front feet and sometimes on their back feet as well. Sometimes it looks as if they are wearing mittens because they appear to have a thumb on their paw.
Ernest Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat, named Snowball. Key West is a small island and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related. The polydactyl cats are not a particular breed. The trait can appear in any breed, Calicos, Tabbies, Tortoise Shell. White, Black, etc. They vary in shapes, sizes, colors and personalities”
And an article from a year ago:
Hemingway’s famous cats still under government control, court says
“he federal government is the ultimate master of the roughly 40 cats, many with six toes, that lounge around the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has the power to regulate the cats, agreeing with a district court that the museum is an animal exhibitor and can be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act.”
Yep, that’s the case - they can’t be anywhere where food is served.
Around here, a bookstore is SUPPOSED to have a cat. Don’t know where that tradition came from, really.
However, if they serve coffee, they can’t have the cat.
One store resorted to a fake cat.
How could you not feed them?
So nice to see .....
NO thanks...we don’t want misguided haters posting hurtful things....
Entrepreneur Turned 13 Stray Kittens Into A Popular Business...Hell, they did that years ago in my town. It was called HOP PO Restaurant.
THASS RACIST! You holny ord codgel!
No, no, no, no, no! Not “ra-ra-ra”, “la-la-la”. Like this.
Stop, stop, stop, stop! Sing something erse.
>How could you not feed them?
My wife was pregnant with our first daughter and cats cause birth defects.
You know that’s not true. Toxoplasmosis can be found in undercooked meats or if you handle cat feces and put it in your mouth.
I just don’t want stray cats near my pregnant wife, period.
What does SHE want. lol