How many people have almost been killed by their cat? Whether it was intentional or unintentional, we can all remember a time where our lovely feline friends tried to kill us. Cats are cute, adorable, but natural born killers. Here are the top 5 ways cats have tried to kill us:
Tokyo, Japan is one of the largest cities in the world. With over 13.5 million of people, there are a handful of people that are crazy for cats, or in Japanese, nekos. My first day in Japan included a visit to my first cat cafe outside of the U.S.
I visited the Calico Cat Cafe in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. The cat cafe is situated on the 5th and 6th floors of a tall building in the center of Shinjuku. Upon entry, I had to pay my admission fee, place my shoes in a locker and use guest slippers, put my bags in another locker and wash my hands. As soon as I completed all the pre-entry requirements, I walked into a semi-bare room with a tv, some cat shelves and beds. At first, I was disappointed because I only saw a few cats, but to my dismay, there was a second floor! When I walked down to the 5th floor, not only did I see more people, but I also saw a ton of cats!
I found a spot in the middle of the room and waited for the cats to start greeting me. No cats. The kitties in Japanese cat cafes are much different than the ones in the US. I started thinking, “Maybe they don’t like me..” and then I saw one of the employees hand over a small container of food to a patron and a pack of kitties ran over to that lucky guest in seconds. Ah! These Japanese kitties were food motivated (aren’t they all though?) There were all sorts of cats. From Persian to tabby, there was even a few Abyssinian and two small munchkin cats. One of the Abyssinian who wore a red bandana around her neck was always in the patron’s lap when food was being given out. The red bandana signified that she had kidney disease and could not partake in any tasty treats. What a lush! She then moved over to another patron who was casually reading a book and started to bathe herself. Hilarious.
There were around 30+ cats at the cat cafe. Patrons had the option to buy food, deserts, drinks such as coffee, tea or beer and other snacks. I didn’t order anything because I ran out of cash (cash is king here in Japan), but my plan was to visit some cat cafes sometime during the remainder of my trip.
If you plan on visiting any cat cafes in Japan, here are some tips from my experience:
Cash is king here in Japan. Some places will probably accept credit card, but bring at least $50 to buy snacks, drinks and treats for the kitties. Entry fees vary on what time of day you arrive as well as if it’s during the week or weekend.
Bring Your Own Cat Toys and Treats
Best to ask before bringing, but I would recommend bringing your own fun toys and treats. The cats at the cafe see a ton of people and are sick and tired of their own toys, so new treats and toys will definitely make you the talk of the town.
Go during non-peak hours so that you can spend more time with the kitties. There were lots of people at this cafe when I went mid-day on a Sunday and the cats had a lot of people to choose from. Try to schedule your visits during the weekday around mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
Take Lots of Pictures
The cats do the funniest and cutest things when you aren’t near your phone or camera. Bring your camera and/or phone and plan on snapping a few pictures of them when they are their silliest.
If you plan to travel to Japan and/or Tokyo, make the time to spend a few hours at a cat cafe. It is well worth your time and money! Also, where else are you going to see munchkin cats?!
Anyone who has a cat can agree that there is no such thing as sleeping in. Forget about weekends and holidays, cats will wake you up when they want you up. Whether they want to play at 2AM or breakfast at 6, cats are natural alarm clocks. There are literally times where I forget to set my alarm, but I know that in my peaceful sleep, someone will wake me up at the right time.
I am definitely not a fan of waking up early or the loud sound of an alarm clock, but if I had the choice of waking up and hitting snooze, I would rather wake up to a cat sitting on top of my chest, crying into my face. Cats are literally the best and cutest alarm clocks.
Ah! Christmas is just around the corner and I am still shopping! I am so thankful for online shopping because it snowed over a foot at our home yesterday and the thought of getting out and shopping in sub zero temperatures did not sound like fun. If you are still struggling to finish your christmas shopping list, here are some great gifts for that cat lover (or cats) in your life!:
1. Kitty Plush Ornament – $5
This gift would be great on a cat-themed christmas tree. It’s handmade by Stacey of For Mew Shop on Etsy and $1 of the sales goes to the Humane Society of Nevada to help cats in need.
Made by Colorado company, Apollo Peak, this unique gift for cats is a wine that they can actually drink! The ingredients include organic catnip and beets. Cats who enjoy the ocassional wine will like this product. My cat Messi is more of a beer drinker, but I know my female cats would pour a glass!
Cat apparel is the new thing in town. Stylish bowties that fit on any cat collar and cute ties that kitties can wear when they go into their 9 to 5, Furry and Fancy makes these accessories from scratch. Their store is full of adorable cat bowties and we think this would be a great gift for that special kitty in your life.
We love Cheese & Olive cats. They are Abyssinian siblings who are Instagram celebrities. They have a slew of products in their shop that are not only creative, but hilarious and cute! The iPhone case is an awesome gift for the male cat lover in your life. Run! It’s Catzilla!
For any chef, this cat paw pizza cutter would be purfect in a cat lover’s kitchen. Very functional and unique, the pizza cutter can be found along with other cute cat-themed kitchen accessories at Karma Kiss’s website.