By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
Cat cafés have become popular around the world, and many are popping up in the US. Besides just caffeinated beverages, these cafés offer furry felines for you to snuggle and play with.
And cat cafés aren’t just for entertainment. Many cat cafés actively support cat rescues by bringing rescue cats into the café. This helps make room at the rescues for more felines and provides the cats at the cafés greater visibility for adoption.
When visiting a cat café, you’re also helping the kitties by providing them with socialization and playtime. And if you fall in love with one, you can even adopt them and take them home.
All cat cafés must conform to local health codes; if the café sells food and drink, it most likely is separated by glass so you can watch the kitties while grabbing a bite to eat. Others don’t sell food or drink, but allow you to bring your own.
Many cat cafés also offer special events, such as yoga classes with cats, and allow you to book the café for a special event, such as a shower or party. Check with each café for hours and special events.
Here are five fun cat cafés around the country to add to your vacation itinerary:
By Kathy Blumenstock
If you’d rather be on the go than sit and stay, then you might be looking for an extroverted, active dog breed to match your extroverted personality. There are plenty of friendly dog breeds who’d happily share your adventures with tail-wagging enthusiasm.
Dr. Mary Burch, DVM, director of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program, emphasizes that there are many things to think about when adding a dog to your household. “Some of the main factors to consider are activity level (in the house), exercise needs, size, coat (how much grooming), trainability or suitability for a particular sport, and compatibility with children or other pets,” she says.
Vivian Leven, certified dog trainer/behavior consultant and owner of Positive Dog Solutions in Washington, DC, adds that for an extrovert, “Dog ownership can provide the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and socialize on a regular basis, through dog sports, other dog-related activities, regular walks or dog parks.”
Here are some friendly dog breeds that can make great companions for extroverts, but keep in mind that every dog is unique.
By Kathy Blumenstock
Canine companions come in many varieties, including those breeds of dogs that share a touch of chill. If you like to come home and unwind with a little peace and quiet, then one of the calmer dog breeds might be a better fit for your introverted lifestyle.
Dr. Leslie Sinn, veterinary behaviorist and certified professional trainer of Behavior Solutions for Pets in Leesburg, Virginia, emphasizes that although “you can use a breed as a guideline, the variation is so huge, you need to interact with the dog. And you need to ask why the dog appeals to you.” You need to find out if a specific dog is right for you before beginning “a long-term commitment to a living thing that is going to be part of your life for 10 or 12 years.”
If you are more of an introvert, your dog can provide companionship while you are at home but can also offer a means for connecting with others while out and about. Vivian Leven, certified dog trainer/behavior consultant and owner of Positive Dog Solutions in Washington, DC, adds that “For an introvert, meeting people through their dog can provide a more comfortable way of engaging where there is an immediate common interest, so the interaction becomes natural.”
Here are some dog breeds that might do well living with an introvert: