Asia and Japan in particular is loaded with cat cafes. However, one cat cafe has a unique twist. Instead of just being another place to enjoy a beverage in the company of some cats, this cat cafe is dedicated to raising awareness of Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV). That’s because all the cats in that particular cat cafe are FIV positive.
“Many people in Japan don’t know that cats can get [a virus related to] HIV too, but when they hear that they can, sometimes they feel a bit apprehensive,” Yuka Tokunaga, Neco Republic’s Tokyo branch manager, told me over the phone. “We want people to interact with our ‘apple cats’ like normal and understand that there’s nothing to fear.”