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The purrfect coffee shop

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 01:40

March 25 - Cafes catering to cat lovers open in Budapest, making for a perfect place to sip coffee and play with dozens of purring cats. Sharon Reich reports.

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Fancy a kitty with your coffee? If you do … head to Budapest where feline filled cafes are the latest trend. This Cat Café has 13 cats that you can play with - that is if they aren't too busy napping. Owner Krisztina Balotay was inspired to create a haven for cat lovers after seeing a report about these types of cafes in Japan. SOUNDBITE: Cat Café owner Krisztina Balotay saying (English): "Many people's lives are full of stress and for some reason they cannot keep cats at home. If they come into this place they can experience the sunny side of keeping cats, as we do the taking care of the cats. I think that people here can switch off from the grey everyday life and they can stroke and play with the cats and have a good time in their company." And Balotay says there is no reason to worry about cleanliness. Health and safety measures are in place - there is a separate cat-free kitchen and the animals get regular vet checks. Customers are asked to do their part too by washing their hands before and after playing with cats. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) CUSTOMER ZSOFIA SOS SAYING: "I am in town all day and when I get home in the evening I don't get enough time with my own cats so in between two classes and I sit in here to play with the cats, they cheer me up." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN TOURIST CATRINA VANGELIS SAYING: "So I'm sitting and reading and a cat has just been on my lap all afternoon and it's great. I travel a lot and I miss my pets, so it's comforting." After a long day, the Cat Cafe could just be the purrfect way to unwind .

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The purrfect coffee shop

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 01:40