We sat down at a small table, ordered coffee, and waited for the cat experience to begin. It became clear that these fickle cats were only ready to dole out lazy affection in exchange for shredded chicken.
Some cats avoided ground-level perils by resting on perches above arms’ reach. Here they could nap undisturbed, totally unaware that they’re the centerpiece of a business and deserve a fair share of the shop’s profits. But since they’re cats, they probably wouldn’t know how to spend the money anyway, so it doesn’t matter to them
My favorite cat of the lot was this big grey cat with white paws. It was the friendliest, and the most aggressive when it came to snatching chicken from our fingers. One of the assistants told me that she wasn’t surprised that this was my favorite cat; it has a long-standing preference for foreigners over Chinese locals. Turns out my favorite cat is a big fat racist.
Some of the cats were so ugly that it was hard to look at them without laughing. Staring into the eyes of a bored cat with a flat face, I wondered about the feline social hierarchy—whether this one was ever bullied for being so weird looking, or whether it had ever tried to escape.
If you’re interested in visiting a cat cafe in Shanghai, check out Tommy之家名猫馆. Overall, it’s a fun and relaxing experience if you like cats. A cup of coffee costs about 30 RMB and cat treats and food cost about 20 RMB.
March 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Love your site and your blog is very useful. I’ve been in Zhuhai but got a job in Fuzhou so going there shortly
All the best
March 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm
I was just wondering if people bring their cats there to socialize or are there cats owned by the cat cafe for customers to enjoy?
Keep up the good work.
March 22, 2015 at 10:41 am
Curious you just posted this. I just recently found out about cat cafes for the first time a couple weeks ago and forgot my camera the first time.
April 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm
Love your blog! I stumbled into it reserching about Thailand (I traveled to Bangkok and Phuket). I am from Perú and living in Madrid for a year and I could relate so much to a lot of what you write about living abroad !(eventhough I know Asia is totally different from Europe )
June 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm
Wow I have never heard of a cat café before! It’s a very interesting idea and makes me wonder if there are any dog or guinea pig cafés in the world.
I have been keeping up with your blog and videos now for a couple of months and just wanted to leave a comment to thank you! I plan to someday travel around the world teaching,
I wish you all the best in your future adventures!