The Three C's: Cats, Coffee, and Cuteness

The Three C's: Cats, Coffee, and Cuteness

All you need to know about the cat cafe
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Cats. Coffee. Cuteness. What more could you want?

If you've never heard of the Cat Cafe, you're missing out. Originating in Taiwan back in 1998, the cat cafe has been a booming industry in the East, particularly Japan, for several decades now. The premise is essentially exactly as it sounds, patrons pay a set fee (usually hourly) to hang out with cats and drink coffee served by the staff. It's all the fun of having the cat without the litterbox--what could be better than that?

For years now the cat cafe has been a staple attraction in Japan, but those of us who can't hop on a jet to Tokyo will be happy to hear that the cat cafe has finally found it's way to the states!

However, cat cafes are more than just a fun attraction, many are also a sanctuary for shelter cats who may otherwise not get a chance at a happy home.

Cat cafes opening across the country are offering the chance for their patrons to adopt the kitties they came to cuddle with. Many cat cafes are partnering with local shelters in order to find good homes for shelter cats that might not otherwise get a chance at happy home life.

Older cats, for example, are often better adjusted to social settings and make great cat cafe residents. While these older kitties might get passed up on for a younger kitten in a shelter, cat cafes give them the chance to really flaunt their stuff in bigger spaces filled with toys and people.

Eater provides a list of 24 Cat Cafes open and established in the US, but new ones are popping up in cities across the country all the time. In fact, you may or may not know that Richmond also has its very own cat cafe! Central Purrk (partnered with Zoomies) is home to a cycling coalition of kitties all looking for furever homes, and the coffee isn't half bad either! Unlike some other cat cafes, the cafe section of Central Purrk is open to the public without reservation, so if you'd like to support the cause without getting your paws dirty, it's a lovely place to sit down and enjoy a croissant and free wifi. Plus, if you find yourself hankering for some kitty love, it's all too easy to pick up your coffee and pop next door to hang out with the local fuzzballs!

A Zoomies kitty who doesn't quite know how the couch works yet.

In a shameless act of adoration for a place I myself frequent as often as possible, I highly recommend Cental Purrk as a place to relax and distress after a hard day's work. Or, if you're like me, mooch off the wifi and get some work done as well! If you're interested in checking out Central Purrk and Zoomies, visit their FAQ page for a more compurrhensive explanation of their inner workings.

My most recent cat cafe adventure!

While there are some controversy surrounding cat cafes and the stress it could place on the animals, a good cat cafe makes sure that their kitties have plenty of time to relax away from human interaction. Most cat cafes have back areas inaccessible to customers where cats who have had enough attention for the day can recuperate, others have two separate groups of kitties who cycle out in order to relieve each other of their cafe duties.

If your town or city has a cat cafe, consider stopping in for a visit, drinking some coffee, and giving some love to the residents. Who knows, maybe you'll end up bringing home your favorite kitty cafe staff member!

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If You Still Don't Have These 8 Things In Your College Room, You're Doing It Wrong

Take it from a senior living in a residence hall, I know what I'm talking about.

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If this is your first semester or if this is your last, there are some things every college student should have in their room. Granted, some things are more of a convenience than a necessity, but, come on, you only live once, right?

1. Bluetooth speaker

Whether it's jamming to some study tunes, kicking it back with some chill beats on a Saturday night, or trying to block out the noise roommates down the hall, a Bluetooth speaker is a key piece of every good residence hall experience. You'll thank me later.

2. String lights

The easiest way to turn those glum room walls into your personal paradise is to hang string lights all around! If you are feeling particularly creative, adding some lights and print-out photos to an open wall creates the cutest memory board. Make sure to hang these below the sprinkler system if your hall has them!

3. Cute pillow(s)

Nothing makes your mostly-unmade bed look better than a cute throw pillow. Who cares if your comforter is crooked and falling off your mattress — you've got adorable pillows! Plus, they can be great to lay on when studying or watching movies in bed.

4. A fuzzy blanket

Nothing screams "college" like cuddling up in a soft blanket and procrastinating your homework. Whether it's for watching movies, wrapping up in while studying for that 8 AM exam, or just unwinding after a long day, a fuzzy blanket makes everything better.

5. Essential oil diffuser

Most residence halls don't allow candles or wax melters, but essential oil diffusers can be even better for you and for making your room smell great. You can even use certain oils when you aren't feeling well to help you get better sooner!

6. Reusable water bottle

Now, this is more of a college tip in general, but it is still extremely important. I find that when I buy a new reusable water bottle, I drink more water. Stay hydrated and reduce your eco-footprint by skipping the single-use plastic bottles.

7. Closet organizers

One of the hardest parts about moving into a college room is the closet space (or lack thereof). Go for practical. An over-the-door shoe rack, hanging cubby, multi shirt hanger, or jewelry pouch can maximize your space without forcing you to get rid of half your wardrobe.

8. Power Strip

I'm not talking about dinky little extension cords, no no, I'm talking power stips. These babies have saved me every semester of my college career. Many residence halls require them since they have surge protectors. Turn one outlet into five or more (some even have USB ports).

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Before You Cosmetically Tailor Your Dog, Make Sure You Do It for The Right Reasons

Do your research first.

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I have worked with a lot of dogs at a summer job as a dog daycare attendant, and I got to experience all the different versions of different breeds, but I didn't realize how much we tailor our dogs to make them look how we want. In some cases, it's just unnecessary for the animal.

What really led me down the rabbit hole of how many different breeds we dock tails, crop ears, and remove dew claws is the Doberman Pinscher. With this breed, all of the above is done. Dobermans are known for their fierce look, but mainly because of their pointy ears.

But do you know there is a process to get the ears to stand up after cropping?

After undergoing surgery, which and lead to painful results if not properly performed, the ears must be taped. That's right, taped up with foam blocks to keep the ears erect. This process can last weeks, and even up to a year according to petcarerx.com. This process seems tedious, and something I personally won't go through one day because I do want to own this breed one day, but it depends on how you go about it. Selecting the right vet that will perform this is crucial. Otherwise, it could go wrong.

In the same article, it does describe the benefits of ear cropping, such as being able to hear more acutely and hygiene, but it comes down to whether or not you are going to show the dog. Owners want their dogs to win, so in order for them to win, and win big, they have to abide by certain standards.

In some cases it is beneficial, and dogs don't experience a lot of pain if it's done at an early age. As if certain breeds like Dobermans aren't huge and intimidating on their own, I don't think cropping is necessary in most cases. It could go wrong, and be even more costly, to owner and dog.

Now I am not saying showing your dog is wrong; I think it can be a fun sport for both owners and pets. It's just the idea behind tailoring a breed physically, by removing what they are born with. Spaying and neutering I understand, but cosmetic surgeries I have a hard time understanding, but the more I read, the more it depends on the breed and preference of the owner.

It's kind of like people in a way, all of us tailoring our looks to conform to a certain standard. Instead of putting our pets through it, love the body they are in, a lesson we could all use, but if you feel it could benefit the dog in some way because some parts dogs don't even need, like dew claws, which could be a nuisance rather than benefit.

Just treat your dog right, and do what you feel is safe and right for them. I know there has been a lot of controversy on this topic, and I'm on the fence when it comes to it sometimes, but there is evidence that it can be helpful, and harmful. Depending on your case and dog, do what you think is best for man's best friend.

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