Story by Abigale Racine
We have delightful, ground-breaking news for cat-enthusiasts, the Happy Cat Cafe is set to open in the Grand Rapids area this upcoming fall.
Wait, what? What does this en-tail? Don’t get hairy, but in a press release, it is described as, “mix of a coffeehouse and a animal shelter. The cafe fosters cats from local shelters that live free-roaming in the cafe. Patrons can buy specialty coffee and pastry while renting time in the cat space to enjoy the happy cats’ company. They can even adopt one of the cats and bring it home.”
Is this heaven on earth? I do think it is. The two greatest loves of my love are being combined under one roof: espresso and cats. Considering that there is a humanitarian element involved makes everything better.
The Happy Cat Cafe’s intent is to build a strong sense of community, while taking the welfare of the cats into consideration, acting as a foster and placing them into loving homes.Visitors are allowed to stay at the cafe for five hours at a time, and there will be cat toys available to utilize.
The trend of cat cafes begun in late 2014, originating in Taiwan. It became a popular trend, particularly in Japan, and the Happy Cat Cafe will be the first of its kind here in the Michigan.
How does this not violate some sort of health code, you may be wondering? According to the release, “the cafe will have a airtight, glass wall between the cafe area and cat area. There will be two separate entrances or a double door system to keep cats from escaping and cat fur from getting in the cafe area. Patrons will enter the cat-free, cafe area, purchase a beverage or food item, then walk through a double door into the cat area.”
So, there you have it, a cafe that will fulfill all your studying and therapeutic needs.
Next fall, when you are having cat withdrawals within the forested walls of Aquinas or need some sort of comfort during finals week, visit the Happy Cat Cafe and get your animal fix. Now, just try to resist adopting a little critter and sneaking it into your residence building. Meow.
Abigale Racine is a senior at studying English with a focus in journalism. She is the Culture Editor of The Saint and does some freelance work on the side when she isn’t slaving away, making Frappuccino’s for a living.