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A cat café is open­ing its doors to pro­vide Cal­gar­i­ans and vis­i­tors with some in­dul­gent fuzz ther­apy. Lo­cated in the city’s Kens­ing­ton neigh­bour­hood, Re­gal Cat Café (page 58) is the city’s first to give vis­i­tors the chance to spend time with cats, while en­joy­ing a cof­fee or some cud­dles.

The highly In­sta­gram-wor­thy Kitty King­dom is sep­a­rated from the café by large glass win­dows, so those warm­ing up to the idea of cat snug­gles, or any­one with al­ler­gies, can have their space. Cat lovers can make reser­va­tions to visit the Kitty King­dom ($10 for 45 min­utes) or drop by the café for some kitty-in­spired cof­fee and mac­arons.

The con­cept of cat cafés blos­somed in Ja­pan and their pop­u­lar­ity is on the rise, with cafés pop­ping up in Europe, Aus­tralia, and many parts of North Amer­ica.

“The world is fall­ing in love with cat cafes and now Calgary can too,” says co-owner Tia Wieler.

The café will be home to up to 12 cats and the fe­lines are adopt­able for those who can’t get enough. Don’t have a reser­va­tion? The café has daily drop in spots for walk-in traf­fic and vis­i­tors.

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