NEWS & FEATURES
Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
THE New Year is smiling fondly at cats as efforts to open cat cafes in the country gather steam.
At least two parties are on it.
Chito Aclon of Velvet Friends Cat Cafe is nearly complete with his line-up beautiful purebred cats sourced from around the globe and has already identified a location and concept for his dream project.
Anna Calvo of Cat Cafe Manila and her team are also busy stocking up on cash and cats to kickstart their theme cafe.
Extra bragging rights would go, of course, to the one who could actually open the first cat cafe in the country. But for Filipino cat fanciers, they are simply excited to visit these coffee-cum-pet shops which, depending on how successful they are, could give birth to more local cat cafes.
CAT CAFE FEVER
Taiwan opened the first cat cafe in the world in 1998 and, just like cats, this type of venture quickly multiplied!
In Asia, cats rule in their own cafes in Japan, Korea, Bangkok, Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the Philippines. There are more or less 40 cat cafes in Japan as of 2014.
There are also popular cat cafes today all throughout Europe, namely in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, Netherlands, Copenhagen, Prague, Finland and soon in Scotland.
Canada also got into the cat cafe bandwagon with the opening in 2014 of Café Chat L'Heureux in Montreal; Catfé in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Kitty Cat Cafe in Toronto.
In the United States, cat cafes also mushroomed from East Coast to West Coast.
Bahamas and Australia also caught the cat cafe fever.
Cats are arguably one of God's most beautiful creations. They are mysterious, graceful, sweet, independent, smart, perceptive and simply wonderful as pets. They are the best latest addition that makes sipping a cup of coffee even better, especially among those who love cats but for some reason could not keep them as house pets.
Cat cafes give patrons a chance to leisurely interact with cats, minus the attendant responsibilities that go with owning their own cats. And because of cat cafes, more people have become more appreciative of cats and cat welfare issues. Inside these cat havens, customers realize that the only thing better than a cat is a cat next to a warm beverage. – Alma J. Buelva
DOG lovers who lapped up the heartwarming news that Pope Francis assured a distraught boy that his dog can go to heaven should know that the Vatican issued a clarification that it was a wrong attribution to the current pope.
The mix-up has been attributed to journalists misinterpreting a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere delle Sera that quoted Pope Paul VI in 1978 as background to a story about Pope Francis.
Vatican’s deputy spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, told the Reuters news agency, that Pope Francis has not laid out yet his position on animals in detail, preferring to focus on global poverty.
But dog lovers still have reason to believe their dearly departed dogs still found their way to heaven. The Vatican said declarations by previous Pope still stand until they are overruled by new popes.
* Laika and Felicette, pioneer pet astronauts