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Decatur to get a cat cafe?

The Happy Tabby Cat Cafe could open somewhere in Atlanta this year. Image from twitter.com/happytabbycafe

The Happy Tabby Cat Cafe could open somewhere in Atlanta this year. Image from twitter.com/happytabbycafe

Downtown Decatur is one potential location for a cat cafe, according to a Creative Loafing article.

Atlanta native April Hill told the publication she wants to open the region’s first cat cafe in either downtown Decatur or Poncey-Highland this year. There is already a website and Facebook page up for the Happy Tabby Cat Cafe which says “Atlanta Summer 2016.”

Creative Loafing reports, “The wifi-enabled space will retail pre-packaged foods along with standard coffeeshop beverages.”

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Hill said she wants a cafe that could hold between 15 and 20 cats that are up for adoption. Hill told Creative Loafing she’s “educating herself on health code and legalese” and is planning to launch a Kickstarter to help cover the costs

Creative Loafing linked to this article which says cat cafes first began in Taiwan and quickly became popular with tourists.

A pop-up cat cafe temporarily opened in New York a few years ago. It featured cats up for adoption and had long lines of people waiting to snuggle with a kitty, according to this local CBS news report.

If this seems like your idea of paradise, then you may want to plan a trip to the ultimate cat lovers destination — Cat Island, a tiny fishing village off of Japan’s west coast, where cats outnumber humans.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.


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