I love cats. Cats are super trendy right now, appearing on clothing and bags everywhere. As a cat lover, I’m loving it! Before it became trendy, I was a huge cat lover. How can you not like a cute ball of fur like that? I still remember begging my Mom for a cat when I was in middle school… my Mom let me keep a kitten from a friend of mine, but in the end she decided that she didn’t have the time to take care of a cat, too. I came home one day and she had taken my cat to the humane society. 🙁
Well, tenish years later I was an adult so I got my own cat! My husband bought me a kitten from the humane society right after we got married. He was so tiny then… now he’s a fatty. Haha! Being in Japan makes me miss my cat so much. I don’t get my daily snuggles every day anymore! When I saw a cat cafe in Okayama called Pfft! Cats Cafe, I knew I had to hit it up.
Pfft! Cats Cafe was the first cat cafe that I ever went to. I’m so glad I did, because it was a great experience! Since then, I’ve been to several cat cafes in Korea and Pfft! Cats Cafe was definitely the best of them all. Cafes that have animals in them are an awesome idea, but they can go wrong so easily if certain factors are overlooked.
There were a few people inside of the cat area, but they left shortly after I arrived so I got the whole cafe to myself! When you first enter, you place your order and have a chance to browse several shelves full of cat related merchandise. It was a little expensive, but everything was very cute!
The woman working at the shop was so friendly when I arrived. Although there was a language barrier, she was so kind and helped me understand how to use the cafe regardless. At this cafe, you pay by the amount of time you want to stay there. The minimum amount is 60 minutes at 1200 yen. You can also stay for 90 and 120 minutes for 1500 and 1750 yen. This price includes one drink from the drink menu. The menu is entirely in Japanese, which was a little difficult but I had google translated it in advance before I went so it wasn’t that bad. The woman working there translated a few things for me too. They also have dessert that you can buy as well for an extra charge.
After you place your order, you take off your shoes and change into a pair of slippers that they provide. You are given a badge and allowed to enter into the cat area. Pfft! Cats Cafe is extremely clean and organized. When you first enter the cat area, you have a small hallway that leads to a larger room where most of the cats are chilling. There are several sofas and chairs to sit on, as well as a bookshelf full of books related to cats, mostly in English! There are many toys available as well. A cute signboard has pictures of all the cats alongside a short biography of each cat. They refer to their cats as “staff”. How adorable is that?!
The actual cafe area is a smaller room at the end of the hallway. Drinks and food aren’t allowed into the cat area, so you should sit inside of the smaller room to enjoy what you have ordered. No worries though, the room is almost entirely glass, so you can watch the cats in the other room while you drink. This room is really cosy and has a lot of cute cat merchandise for you to flip through. Very kitschy feeling! You could tell that the owner really loves their cats because they had scrapbooks and postcards with pictures that they had taken of them since they had come to Pfft! Cats Cafe. There is also a notebook where customers can leave notes about their experience at the cafe. There were a lot of cute drawings inside of the cats.
The food and drink were kind of expensive, but it tasted good. Chocolate cake is always a winner for me! I got the grapefruit juice and it helped cut the sweetness of the cake a lot. I didn’t plan it that way, but I got lucky. I think I spent about twelve dollars total. I really felt no discomfort at all about my food because everything was kept so clean. One of my pet peeves with cat cafes is when they don’t clean well enough. Cat pee is no joke… it smells horrible. Who can enjoy a cafe when it smells that badly? There was nothing like that at Pfft! Cats Cafe… everything was clean and the cats looked happy and well cared for.
The cats were friendly and playful, the atmosphere was good and the food was tasty! What more can you ask for in a cat cafe? I got my cat fix and I couldn’t have been happier. I would definitely recommend Pfft! Cats Cafe to anyone visiting Okayama who wants to play with some cute cats. If you aren’t in Japan, you can always browse the Pfft! Cats Cafe blog where they post pictures of the cats. 😉
To get to Pfft! Cats Cafe, go out of Okayama Station and walk straight down the main street in front of the station until you reach a four way intersection. Turn right here and walk until you reach the first stoplight. There will be a curry restaurant on the corner. Take a left here, and walk straight until you find Pfft! Cats Cafe on your right.
Q: Have you ever visited a cat cafe? How was it?