You don’t have to be a crazy cat lady to appreciate the adorable cuddliness of a cute kitten. And tourism boards the world over have taken note.
The popularity of cat cafés has been rising over the past few years. Finally, they have been popping up in America. While you wait for your hometown to create its own ode to all things feline, you might want to look into visiting one of these purr-fect places around the world.
1.) Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, CA
Cat Town Oakland
The first cat cafe to open in America, you have to make a reservation before getting a seat with these cuties. Cat Town Oakland Cat Town Oakland
2.) Tashirojima, Japan, AKA Cat Island
The mostly retired residents of this island off the coast of Japan love the wild cats so much, they’ve banned all dogs from the area. When on Earth Kotaku
3.) Ernest Hemingway’s House in Key West, Florida
The legendary writer was gifted a 6-toed cat during his lifetime who he grew quite attached too, and now his old house his home to over 50 6-toed cats. Hemingway Home Hemingway Home
4.) Kuching, Malaysia, AKA Cat City
The town’s name translates literally to “cat,” so the residents embraced the motif with strange statues and historic artifacts. Wikipedia Wikipedia
5.) Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
In 1745, Peter the Great’s daughter demanded mousing cats be placed in the historic museum to protect the precious items from rodents. The tradition has carried on ever since. Telegraph
6.) Kattenstoet, the Festival of the Cats in Ypres, Belgium
The festivities date back to the 1950s and, as you can see, residents get very into it. Telegraph