Voices from Russia

Friday, 28 October 2011

RIA-Novosti Presents… “Cat Republic” in St Petersburg: First Cat Café in Russia

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Cat Republic in St Petersburg is Russia’s first café where guests can play with cats whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

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The café has won well-deserved popularity with children and adults in the two months since it opened not far from St Isaac Square in downtown St Petersburg.

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Cat Republic currently has eight feline residents.

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Four of them came from the State Hermitage Museum, where they used to hunt mice. The other four are purebreds acquired from breeders.

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The main rule of the cat café is that you shouldn’t insist on any interaction that the cat isn’t willing to engage in, because the citizens of the “republic” are free cats.

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On their first visit, every guest’s height is measured “in cats” with a “cat-meter” and their age is recalculated in “cat years”.

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Adults visit the café in the evenings; during the day, it’s the local children’s favourite haunt.

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This cat café in St. Petersburg isn’t only unique in Russia… possibly, in all of Europe. There are similar cafés in Japan, and they’re very popular.

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Cat Republic’s won popularity as a major city attraction and it’s already a part of the city’s “urban mythology”.

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22 October 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20111022/167896495.html

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