Blame the Japanese. In many Japanese cities, there isn’t much room for most people to own a cat so they visit special cat cafes where they can enjoy a drink and a snack while playing with the cafe’s cats. The popularity of cat cafes has grown throughout Japan and has spread to other countries including France, America, and now Italy.

Called Miagola Cafe or Cafe Meow, owner Andrew Levine says she wants to give a home to abandoned cats and encourage customers to become more respectful towards animals. “I wanted the cafe to launch with a message: we rescue cats in trouble,” she says.

Some experts even believe the sound of a cat’s purr and playing with the animals can relieve stress, which means a visit to your local cat cafe could be considered part of your health care plan.

To learn more about Italy’s cat cafe, click here.

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