Cat cafes originally started in Asia because most people wanted to own a cat but didn’t have the room or money to afford one. So they would visit cat cafes to play with the cats they wish they could have for themselves.
Now that cat cafes have swept the world from Asian to North America, Helsinki, Finland has gotten their first cat cafe. Pasi Nikkinen, 43, raised 4,500 euros with crowdsourcing and after investing about 30,000 euros from his own pocket, he opened his own cat café.
The café hosts about 25 customers at once and people can make reservations. “However, there are about five seats always available for walk-in customers,” he says.