August 27, 2015
The term “Cat Cafe” is now part of the Oxford Dictionary.
The Oxford University Press announced Wednesday the addition of Cat Cafe, defined as “a cafe or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises.”
A little backstory on cat cafes: The first-ever cat cafe popped up in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan and were popularized in Japan, allowing Japanese residents the opportunity to interact and play with cats. Due to smaller living space, apartment dwellers in Japan are generally not allowed to raise cats in their homes. There are a handful of Cat Cafes in America too, but they focus on adoption since pretty much anyone can adopt a cat in the States.