Sharla’s Guide To Japan Cat Cafes

Sharla is a Canadian student studying in Japan. When she isn’t studying, she hangs out at cat cafes.

This is not a bad gig.

From VVV.



  1. Oh. My. GOSH!! I want to go to a cat cafe! I love the one with rescued cats. And the very demanding fellow who she first gave treats to cracked me up! This is soooo awesome! I need to visit Japan. 🙂

  2. Clairdelune says:

    It’s not fair!! I feel cheated because when I lived in Japan years ago there were no cat cafes.
    I love the impatient, grabby marmie cat, hilarious! Would LOVE to work in a cat café, even having to deal with a whole bunch of litter boxes would be more than compensated by having a whole mess of kitties to pet and play with. 😀

  3. I loved that marmie too! He’s all “Hey lady, I am not done yet!”.

    I want to go to there. NOW.

  4. Sharon Wilson says:

    Volunteer at Best Friends if it’s in your city! That’s exactly what I do! 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for sharing. the video is so well done I felt like I was right there.
    wish shelters in the U.S. would do that.

  6. Russell H. says:

    I see there may be a cat cafe opening in San Francisco this year:

  7. Story was ruined when they said they use pure breads instead of adopting cats who need homes. Clueless.

  8. Cindy, if you watch the whole video, other cafes have rescue cats that are also up for adoptions.

  9. lovely place and lovely cats – and these café the best things in life:)

  10. This is my little vid from the Calico Cat Café in Tokyo when I was there in 2010. I could have spent my whole week in Tokyo at cat cafés, but hey, I did want to see some other parts of Tokyo too. 😉

  11. In San Francisco, eh? Wouldn’t a bat cafe be just a perfect fit?

  12. I agree! Also, why don’t we do this in America? Think of how many more adoptions we could have and those waiting for homes would have a much better life whilst doing so!!!!

  13. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    I too agree. It is so not fair that we don’t do this in America.

  14. I would just LOVE it if they open a cat cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 😀

  15. Or do it in Canada 😀

  16. I would spend an entire week at cat cafes in Tokyo if I could 😀

  17. Whenever I see these, I can’t help but wonder about health codes. I’m glad that article about the SF endeavor discussed that point. I could also see getting around the regulations with something like the vending machine in the second cafe Sharla mentioned. I wonder if Japan and France have similar health codes and how these cafes work around them.

    P.S. – Never go to law school. It will ruin the cutest videos by making you wonder about silly things like health codes and liability.

  18. There will be one coming to Oakland, California, right across the bay from San Francisco, help support them!