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You’ve cat to be kitten me right meow: Cat cafe comes to Greensboro

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A warm cup of coffee sits in your hand as you look through a window in the café. You stare at the clear door eagerly, waiting for your chance to step through and experience what you see behind it. After a quick rundown of the rules, you push the door open, revealing the part of the day for which you’ve truly been waiting: lots of cats.

This seemingly novel experience has come to Greensboro with the opening of the Crooked Tail Cat Café on Nov. 3, 2017. Cat cafés, which are relatively new to the United States, began in 1998 with the Cat Flower Garden in Taipei, Taiwan. The practice became increasingly popular, later spreading to several other continents, including North America, Europe, and other parts of Asia.

“We’re absolutely crazy about cats,” the café said in a statement from their website. “The Crooked Tail Cat Cafe is a place where you can come hang out with your favorite felines and grab some food and drink.”

Once you make your way into the room that houses the cats, you’ll find a charming area with cat-themed décor, ranging from cartoon posters of cats to cat-centric card games and coloring books. There are several places for both the humans and cats to relax, and there is no shortage of toys or places to climb—for the cats, of course.

“I thought [the décor] was very clever and cute,” senior Emma Montgomery said after her first visit to the café.

However, the most important part of the room, without a doubt, are the felines that fill it. Cats of all ages wander around the room, playing with the customers and resting on all the furniture, all friendly and ready to be loved.

These cats come exclusively from the Red Dog Farm Club, with which the café is partnered. This means that all of the cats are up for adoption, with many already having been adopted by the eager customers that meet them. Part of the café’s mission is to help cats find their “furever homes.”

“We believe in giving back to the animals that need our help,” the café wrote in their statement. “This is why a portion of our proceeds go towards helping a cat in need.”

Many first-time customers have questions as to how the cafe can have food served in the same place as they have the cats due to health regulations, but the owners have found a way around this issue by serving pre-made food and making drinks in a completely separate room. The cats can’t go where the drinks are made, but the drinks can come into the room with the cats.

The café provides an opportunity for those who can’t have cats or just really enjoy being surrounded by multiple felines to receive the therapeutic benefits they provide. A reservation for an hour cat time can be made online for $10 a person.

“I had a great time,” Montgomery said. “I would go back again because, overall, it just has a chill vibe.”

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