A few days ago, I shared the story of a cat cafe in Paris called Le Cafe des Chats. This is just one of many cat cafes that have opened up throughout the world. You can find one in such countries as Japan, Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. But there aren’t any in the United States.
One of the reasons for this is the challenge of complying with local health department laws on animals in food facilities. It is amusing to me that American humans are so afraid of allowing felines to be near the food they eat when they do so many things that are far more likely to expose them to hazardous germs. And Japan, where cat cafes originated, is known as a culture very fixated on being clean. But rules are rules. I cannot use the human’s bed as my litter box when I am annoyed at him, and humans must comply with rules as well.
The human wanted to see if he could open a cat cafe, and he sent a link with the story of the one in Paris to the humans who regulate places where food is served. This is what they said to him:
There is not currently any leeway in the California Retail Food Code that allows for any cats in a food facility. The code specifically prohibits, with a few exceptions, live animals in a food facility. You might potentially have some luck if you were looking at a food facility and potentially having an adjacent non-food facility that might have cats, but I can’t see that they would be allowed in the food facility itself.
Well, the human was not happy with this, but he thinks there is some hope. He sent another email, asking about whether three different designs would be something that works.
If they say it is possible, he will likely look to get funding to start the first American cat cafe! And he will work with the kind humans at the San Diego Humane Society to put cats in the cafe who need furever homes.
My paws are crossed. Can you cross your human paws, too?