I have a joke about a cat.
Nah, just kitten.
What I do have, though, is breaking news for all those umming and ahhing about where to host their cat's birthday party later this year. Cat Cafe, spawned from the feline friendly and tourism mongering minds in Asia, has taken the world by the whiskers and paws and has popped up everywhere from New York, London and come July this year...Melbourne.
Yes you heard it here fur-st fur-rends. After a stint in Japan, Anita and Myles Loughran fell in love with the kitsch, catty concept, and couldn't resist the temptation to bring it back home to Melbourne. Harnessing the power of cat ladies/gents through Crowdfunding, the pair raised enough cash (and then some) to secure a palatial pussy paradise on Queen Street, only a hop, skip and a pounce from Queen Vic Market.
Not only does this mean sweet reprieve for those who find it hard to separate themselves from their Mittens, Muppet or Spaghetti (still the best name I've ever heard for a cat) due to caffeination requirements, the cats that will be joining you for your latte will be rescue cats from The Lost Dogs' Home and Geelong Animal Welfare Society, steering Cat Cafe away from pure novelty, and adding a layer of humanitarianism to the whole she-bang.
Keep in mind though, the difference between the original cat cafes in Japan and Melbourne's will be that, to satisfy health and safety regulations (can't have you choking on a hairball), the cats will be separated from customers through airlocks. So you won't actually be saving your seat for Bobo and Socks, but that doesn't mean you can't take them out and have a snuggle at your whim.
Cat Cafe opens this July on Queen Street, and we couldn't think of a better place to take someone for a brew; I wonder if they'll serve Mice Bubbles...
Main image credit: CNET.