Cat cafes catch on, helping people connect with animals in cities

07/11/2013 | NBC News

Cat cafes first cropped up in Japan and have spread to Vienna, London and now Paris, where a planned cafe is welcomed by some and worrying others. While some wonder whether cats will thrive in such a setting, the owner said interactions between humans and cats will be strictly on feline terms, and she says she is working closely with a veterinarian. The idea behind the concept is to promote the human-animal bond in an urban setting where pet ownership may be difficult. Former AVMA President Dr. Gregory Hammer says the benefits of that connection are clear. "The human-animal bond has been well-documented, and I do believe the ability to pet and interact with purring cats is a stress reducer," Dr. Hammer said.

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