Felines welcome at Vienna cat café14/05/2012 - 19:02:17
A cat café has opened in Austria.
Customers can visit the restaurant - which is called Café Neko, meaning "Cat Café" in Japanese – and stroke the felines while they sip their liquid refreshments and indulge in calorific treats.
Vienna resident Takako Ishimitsu, who is originally from Japan, opened the café after three years of negotiations with city officials regarding hygiene issues.
She explained: "Showing unknown Japanese concepts is good for Austria. I had various ideas, and the cat cafe project was the least difficult to realize. And at the same time, I can do something good for the Vienna animal shelter which I have been supporting for years.
“Surprisingly, more than 99% the reactions are positive. One of our goals is to provide some happiness to people who cannot have cats on their own, because of their jobs or family members suffering from allergies."
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