Cuppa with fe­lines: Pet café trend cat-ching on in Yan­gon

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Yan­gon, Myan­mar - It may be rain­ing cats and dogs in Myan­mar, but in Yan­gon two cof­fee shops are of­fer­ing an­i­mal lovers a chance to es­cape the mon­soon as the global pet café craze sweeps into the rapidly chang­ing city.

In­side Yan­gon’s Cat­puchino Café dozens of fe­lines lounge around the room, some peek­ing out of bas­kets while oth­ers sit perched on fluffy stools or lie purring in the arms of ador­ing vis­i­tors.

On one cush­ion, a hair­less sph­ynx wear­ing a pink jumper sits re­gally sur­vey­ing the scene through half-closed eyes.

“I used to have cats at home when I was young,” said 23 year old cus­tomer Arr Pouk as he teased four mog­gies with a feather on a stick. “I love them.” The trend is the lat­est in­ter­na­tional fad to sail into Myan­mar since the end of junta rule in 2011.

Pearl, the founder of the cat café, opened the new fe­linethemed cof­fee shop a few weeks ago to give vis­i­tors a place to de­stress from the pres­sures of their busy ur­ban lives.

In to­tal she has 27 an­i­mals of ten dif­fer­ent breeds, in­clud­ing the short-legged Munchkin Cat, the fluffy Maine Coon and a gi­ant tabby Amer­i­can Shorthair.

"When I used to get stressed at school or work, I would play with cats for 15 or 30 min­utes and the stress would be gone," Pearl told AFP. "Get­ting love from cats is hard, so when you get love from cats it's worth more.”

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