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

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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11 Signs You're An Australian Shepherd Owner

Because life is better with an Australian Shepherd.

There's no doubt that Australian Shepherds are one of a kind. People know them for their intelligence and agility, but Aussie owners know them for their sweetness and dorkiness. They are an incredibly loyal breed and want nothing more than to please their owners. If you are lucky enough to own an Aussie, never let them go. Here are 11 signs you own one of these amazing dogs:

1. You have a shadow that follows you around wherever you go.

You're attuned to the pitter-patter of paws hitting the floor behind you.

2. Your house is nicely decorated with their fur.

3. And so are your clothes.

4. You don't need a gym membership because trying to keep up with your Aussie is all the exercise you need.

5. You have the world's worst guard dog.

Because of their friendly nature, your Aussie greets guests with tons of kisses and body-wagging. You know they'd do the same with robbers, which is why you always double check the doors at night.

6. You know that all toys have to be checked (unstuffed) for security purposes.

Most toys last about .006 seconds -- if that.

7. You genuinely think that your dog is more attractive than you.

Because it's true...just look at them.

8. You love to show off all of the tricks they know.

Aussies are very intelligent and eager-to-please, making them quick learners!

9. You have the best nap time partner.

They may be full of energy, but sometimes they want nothing more than to snuggle up with their person.

10. Your pup patiently puts up with all of your shenanigans.

11. You know you have the most loving dog in the world.

OK, you may be a little biased, but it's hard not to be when you're the owner of an Aussie.
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Every Household Needs A Dog

Dog lovers have got it right.


Whether it's 101 Dalmatians or a St. Bernard named Beethoven, every household needs a dog. Forget cats, fish, and hamsters! They have their perks but nothing beats a dog. I mean look at that face!

Here are eight reasons dogs are a must:

1. They are great with kids


When trained properly, dogs make great playmates for kids. They give children the opportunity to develop and interact with the natural world around them.

2. They are protective


From the smallest pup to the largest dog, all dogs will protect your home from any danger. Whether it is from a lizard that crept in or a burglar, your dog will alarm you of any unwanted guests.

3. They make great companions


Dogs have a great intuition to tell if you are feeling down. They are readily there to offer comfort. Dogs also are always ready to celebrate with you. They jump even at the simple act of you coming home.

4. They love to cuddle


Cold nights watching Netflix just got 100 times better with your furry friend. They will even cover your eyes during the scary parts of the movie.

5. They make you laugh


Dogs have their own sense of humor that is incomparable to any other. With simply chasing their tails, you can be entertained for hours.

6. They bring you gifts


Dogs are generous by nature. They see your shoes on the ground, they will bring them to you. They see a cool stick, they'll want you to see it too.

7. They are loyal


I've never seen a service cat. But I sure have seen a service dog. Dogs are loyal and obedient. Once you fall for each other, they never leave your side.

8. They are adorable


Finally, dogs are just so darn cute! How can you say no to loving them!!

Dogs are the best! You can have other pets, but a dog is a must.

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