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