A Taste of the Bristol Cat Cafe

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Which is your favorite?

One of the first things we did upon entering the vibrant city of Bristol was hit up their cat cafe, You and Meow. We’re obviously a little obsessed with cats, as we dote on ours back at home and let those abroad dictate where we travel next. (Not to mention, we have a dedicated Instagram account for crocheted duplicates of our kitties at home who travel the world with us!)

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We’ve been to cat cafes in Japan, where the idea originated, and we frequented our own in our home city before we left. We simply love the concept, as it’s a great way to restock on some feline healing during our travels. Since then, we’ve had no problem getting our daily purrs from the many strays in Croatia, Kotor, and Istanbul, but we’d be hard-pressed to pass up the opportunity for a cat cafe all the same.

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We timed our visit perfectly (purrfectly?), as we had the wonderful opportunity to feed the kitties their afternoon snack, instantly becoming their best friends. And the entire establishment is pleasantly cat-themed, from pictures of each resident feline (and their specialty) to cat-stamped toilet seats.

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We, of course, had to sip on a cat-decorated catpuccino while exercising a kitty with a fishing toy on a cat wheel. Hilarity ensued!

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Cat Cafes in Japan

A sensation only just now gracing our United States shorelines, cat cafes have been widely popular in Japan for many years.  The world’s first cafe actually opened in Taiwan in 1998, but the concept was quickly adopted by the feline-loving, pet-deprived, Japanese culture.  Because of its popularity, the idea is commonly attributed to the latter (After all, they even have entire islands dedicated to the fuzz balls (a must on our return bucket list)! Continue reading “Cat Cafes in Japan”