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Kyoto Entrepreneur Turned 13 Stray Kittens Into A Popular Business
Business Insider ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | Amanda Macias

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.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: caf; catcafe; japan; kittyping
You never know what works...

A lot of cute cat pictures (cats in the café) at the link.

1 posted on 12/13/2013 6:47:17 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Slings and Arrows

kittyping


2 posted on 12/13/2013 6:47:32 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Website of the Cat Café:

http://www.nekokaigi.com/english/top.html


3 posted on 12/13/2013 6:49:50 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

My old apartment in Kyoto had strays living outside. I never fed them but they’d beg for food every time I stepped outside.


4 posted on 12/13/2013 6:49:51 AM PST by struggle
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To: Innovative

The poor in Japan aren’t even allowed a cat in their small apartments.


5 posted on 12/13/2013 6:51:24 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Innovative

Kitten Fried Rice?

Meow Goo GaiPan?


6 posted on 12/13/2013 6:51:25 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Innovative
I doubt our health departments would allow them in the US.
7 posted on 12/13/2013 6:56:16 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

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.


8 posted on 12/13/2013 6:56:39 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Innovative
Whatever happened to the bookstore cat? There were a couple independent bookstores with cats around here. One went out of business and the other was swallowed by Booksamillion and now there are no more cats.

Maybe Amazon.com could by out icanhascheezburger.com to have the internet version of that.

9 posted on 12/13/2013 6:58:10 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

(This so calls for a link to “Cat in the Kettle” but I can’t do it from here)


10 posted on 12/13/2013 6:58:54 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

General Tso’s Kitten?

(They don’t think that’s funny, by the way.)


11 posted on 12/13/2013 7:12:33 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Innovative
From the actual website:

CLOSING NOTICE of NEW YEAR HORIDAYS

And Happy Horidays to you, too!
Deck the Harrs with boughs of Horry!

Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaaahh
Fa-ra-ra-rahhh
12 posted on 12/13/2013 7:21:48 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Innovative

Wonder what they pay the cat box cleaner.


13 posted on 12/13/2013 7:24:06 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: KarlInOhio

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.


14 posted on 12/13/2013 7:30:12 AM PST by ChocChipCookie ("Demons run when a good man goes to war.")
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To: goodnesswins
Wonder what they pay the cat box cleaner.

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.

Mr. niteowl77

15 posted on 12/13/2013 7:43:31 AM PST by niteowl77 (Establishment Republicans possess fewer guts than the last gnat that hit the windshield of your car.)
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To: Innovative

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.


16 posted on 12/13/2013 7:44:33 AM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Innovative

17 posted on 12/13/2013 8:00:21 AM PST by oblomov
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To: KarlInOhio

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”

http://www.hemingwayhome.com/cats/


18 posted on 12/13/2013 8:23:21 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

And an article from a year ago:

Hemingway’s famous cats still under government control, court says

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/13/nation/la-na-nn-ernest-hemingway-cats-20121211

“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.”


19 posted on 12/13/2013 8:27:40 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: thackney

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.


20 posted on 12/13/2013 8:31:59 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

21 posted on 12/13/2013 10:52:31 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: PLMerite

22 posted on 12/13/2013 11:39:20 AM PST by Danette
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To: struggle

How could you not feed them?


23 posted on 12/13/2013 12:18:04 PM PST by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: Innovative

So nice to see .....


24 posted on 12/13/2013 12:20:14 PM PST by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: John O

NO thanks...we don’t want misguided haters posting hurtful things....


25 posted on 12/13/2013 12:22:13 PM PST by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: Innovative

Entrepreneur Turned 13 Stray Kittens Into A Popular Business...Hell, they did that years ago in my town. It was called HOP PO Restaurant.


26 posted on 12/13/2013 12:23:08 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

THASS RACIST! You holny ord codgel!


27 posted on 12/13/2013 12:25:30 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

No, no, no, no, no! Not “ra-ra-ra”, “la-la-la”. Like this.

Stop, stop, stop, stop! Sing something erse.


28 posted on 12/13/2013 12:50:07 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Safetgiver

29 posted on 12/13/2013 12:51:47 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Fawn

>How could you not feed them?

My wife was pregnant with our first daughter and cats cause birth defects.


30 posted on 12/14/2013 11:18:16 AM PST by struggle
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To: struggle

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.


31 posted on 12/16/2013 1:12:56 PM PST by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: Fawn

I just don’t want stray cats near my pregnant wife, period.


32 posted on 12/16/2013 4:03:38 PM PST by struggle
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To: struggle

What does SHE want. lol


33 posted on 12/17/2013 11:22:51 AM PST by Fawn ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6)
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To: Fawn

The same.


34 posted on 12/17/2013 7:02:21 PM PST by struggle
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