I love cats! Who doesn’t? *^* They’re so fluffy and amusing and damn annoying xD
Some of you may not have experienced this before, so I’m sharing my experience in a neko café with you^^
I went a couple of times to a neko café in Takadanobaba. It’s near school of course, you can reach it in a 10-15 minutes’ walk! The place is really small, like 2 japanese rooms, and the price for 1 hour is 800 yen. I was told before that spending that much for 1 hour is too much, that it’s not worth it etc, but it must be considered that you have free soft drinks (there’s an authomatic machine) for all the time you decide to stay there, so if you drink something like 2 drinks you are repaid of the money you spent and you get to cuddle some really cuuuute nyanko.
All the cats have a name, there are many usual customers who come to cuddle their favourite ones (there’s actually a ranking, like in host clubs! xDD), I think it’s probably people living alone in apartments that don’t allow pets, so they “adopt” one or more of the cats in the neko café and end up going there many times. There are also people wanting to relax, like after a long day of work, once there was a girl who had brought a blanket and a book and was reading calmly on the sofa with a cat on her lap^^
As for the rules, I think they are more or less strict depending on the café. In general you take off your shoes before entering the rooms (you can ask for slippers), there are lockers in which to put your bag and jacket. Before touching the cats you will be asked to wash and disinfect your hands. It’s good custom to not disturb cats if they’re sleeping (some light caress is ok) and in general you shouldn’t forcedly approach them (for example following them and trying to catch them at all costs even if they’re visibly running away from you xD), in some café you can just cuddle them but not pick them up (the café I went into was fine with that). There are many toys to make the pets play and sometimes the owner dresses them up with little hats, ribbons and such xD Once you go away the staff will give you one of those rolls for pet hair removal, they really think about everything!
Many café have a free point card, if you reach a certain number of visits you get little prizes such as little bags with treats for the cats (so that they’ll submerge you with their fluffiness <- in order to steal food from you, of course) and such :3
And now….ready for the ultimate cuteness?? Here we go!
Here a tip for a funny day in Takadanobaba: go to Big Box department store, reach the game center and play some ufo catcher and games, do a purikura with your friends as a memento of the day; go to karaoke with free-time formula the whole afternoon, I usually go to the utahiroba near the neko café, the whole afternoon till 20 pm with non-stop softdrinks included is just 980 yen (sometimes they do promotions for students at 780 yen, check the notice at the entrance!) and you can also eat french fries, takoyaki and such for a ridiculous price; spend 1 hour at the neko café to relax with cute kitties :3