It’s no secret that people love cat’s. Ever since the launch of the internet, and definitely since viral videos became a thing, it has been incredibly clear that there is almost nothing people love more. Just like the Egyptians, who revered cats as Gods, many modern day pet owners go the extra mile when it comes to their pets, especially cats. People take their pets to massage therapists, have birthday parties, and buy expensive jewelry for their pets, so it’s no wonder that cat cafe’s have become an emerging trend.
Crumbs and Whiskers, DC’s first cat cafe launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised $12,000 of their $15,000 goal in one day. Cat cafe’s are a trend that started in Tiwian and quickly spread to Japan and other parts of Asia. Instead of being a place where cats get pampered and are given a fancy meal, they are normal coffee or tea shops with lots of cats, where people can play with cats. For many people who love cats but can’t have them it’s a fun way to spend a few hours with cats.
The people behind the Washington DC based Crumb’s and Whisker’s also hope that it will help provide a solution to the overcrowding of pet shelters and help encourage people to adopt cats. Jason Halpern agrees that cat cafes are much more positive and uplifting places to visit than most pet shelters and they are also more positive environments for the cats.