The nation’s first cat cafe opened recently in New York City. The venture ran in a pop-up style, opening to the public for four days and allowing visitors to sup on java while petting cats (who were also up for adoption).
I went along to the cat cafe’s press launch. I had fun, but perhaps because of the pop-up nature of the spot I also left thinking that it could have been fancied up a little bit. Why not take the idea of a cat cafe and really go to town with the fantasy of it all?
Here then are seven ideas for themed cat cafes that need to happen right now!
Decorating the nation’s first cat cafe in New York City to look like a grubby corner bodega would have surely teased smiles out of passersby. After all, who doesn’t want to see cats snuggled up in boxes of candy or prowling along the top of a fridge stocked with Heineken and expired milk? This would never have happened under Bloomberg’s reign.
Also: Extra marks for ensuring all cat toys are those scarily real-looking imitation mice.
Indulge in your inner Lil BUB with a cat cafe set in a far-off otherworldly planet! The outer-space backdrop also offers the option for regular sci-fi makeovers, including special months based around Star Trek, Star Wars and Red Dwarf. Start knitting those astro kitty-suits now!
Friends references may seem dated these days, but a cat cafe styled after Central Perk would be a hit with tourists. Naming the cats after characters in the show would also be a must — can we get a Maine Coon with a Rachel haircut please?
A more timeless option would be the diner in Seinfeld, complete with lurid plastic-coated booths for the kitties to shred. After all, the self-centered-but-lovable quartet clearly stole their narcissistic view on life from the ancient book of feline philosophy.
I’m not exactly a fan of those reprobates who insist on bringing their mutts to bars — I’ve gone on record as advocating for a cat-friendly bar — so how about kitting out a cat cafe in the style of a divey boozer? The cats would love strutting along the bar itself, while those dark nooks and crannies offer multiple hiding and exploration places.
Despite pet food scientists insisting that cats don’t actually like fish that much, the consensus from all of the best childrens’ books is that cats love to eat fresh fish. So let’s sushi this cat cafe up!
A Yo! Sushi-style conveyor belt bringing out bespoke dishes of cat treats is a given, while the perimeter of the venue should be decorated with that fake plastic grass some sushi spots add to take-out orders. A protected Koi carp pond adds endless amusement for the in-house residents.
Alternatively, take the kitty cafe experience upscale by basing it on a high-end restaurant: Pristine white tablecloths, cucumber sandwiches and cats dolled up in fake waiter’s outfits.
Warning: Feline licking of the plates is not acceptable in this establishment.
Channel the ideal of the Kitten Bowl with a cat cafe themed around your favorite sports arena. A sideline selling kitty-sized replica jerseys will ensure the venture stays self-sufficient.
What kind of cat cafe would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.