While they let coffee out the bag, you can let a cat into yours

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While they let coffee out the bag, you can let a cat into yours

A Brazilian woman has started a cat café to rehome animals abandoned in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

Leonardo Benassatto

At the Gato Café in central Rio de Janeiro, coffee and tea are served with whiskers and a purr.

In its pink-walled interior, customers can purchase lattes dusted with cat silhouettes, accompanied by paw-shaped biscuits, while cats lounge lazily in an adjacent room.

Cat cafés were first popularised in Asia, where they originated in Taiwan in 1998. In addition to offering feline company, Gato Café, which opened in July 2020, simultaneously functions as an adoption site for abandoned cats rescued by an organisation called Bigodes do Bunker (Bunker Whiskers)...

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