If you’re ever in the Odaiba district of Tokyo, Japan, be sure to check out “Cats Livin,” a combination Kitty Boutique, Cat Cafe and Feline Theme Park.
As one of Japan’s first Cat Cafes, Cats Livin offers anyone in need of purr therapy the opportunity to snuggle up with one of dozens of resident pussycats. Toys are available to lure the cats to play, and if they get too rambunctious and draw blood, the staff is available to dispense bandages and anti-bacterial ointment.
Clients have a choice of different “zones,” each as authentic as a classic Star Trek set. One area features fake stone walls, plastic greenery and bird cages, some with faux birds. Another zone is all kitchy retro Americana that takes you back to the 60s.
Not all of the Cats Livin cats are available for human contact. A few furry felines are on display in glass showcases… look, but don’t touch.
Cats who mingle with the clients work four-hour shifts. When their shifts are over, they are moved to the back and replaced with fresh cats.
Cats Livin is not just a cat cafe, however. It’s also a store that would come close to putting any Hello Kitty emporium to shame. Every imaginable cat-themed product is displayed for sale, including cat saute pans and a complete cat tea service.
It’s a must-see stop if you’re in Tokyo. The nearest train station is Odaiba Kaihin Koen on the Yurikamome Line. For more information, call (03) 3599-2828