A Japanese woman has come up with a novel idea to increase the chances of finding a forever home for cats condemned for their colour
Black cats are considered to be unlucky for no fault of theirs. The owner of Nekobiyaka, a cat café in Japan, decided enough was enough. The owner, identified only as Yagi, decided to run a café dedicated exclusively to black cats.
Nekobiyaka has become somewhat of a tourist attraction because of its unique black felines. Yagi wanted to increase the cats’ chances of being adopted. As is the case with most places around the world, the rate of adoption for black cats in Japan is significantly lower than that of cats of other colours. At Nekobiyaka, patrons get to interact with black kitties and realise for themselves that the superstitions surrounding them are nothing but unfortunate myths.
A total of 321 black cats have ‘graduated’ from the café as of April this year. Every time, one black cat got adopted, Yagi brought another from an animal shelter to take its place. There are always at least 10 cats in the café, each wearing a different-coloured collar around their neck, to help visitors tell them apart. There is even a cat menu that lists their names and collar colours.
The admission price is 1,000 yen (R690) for the first hour, and 500 yen (R345) for every 30 minutes after that. Patrons can call for beverages and read from a wide range of manga and magazines, most of them cat-themed.
No. of cats who have ‘graduated’ from Nekobiyaka
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