Apr 25, 2016

    Cat cafe in Tokyo shut down over animal neglect


    A TOKYO "cat cafe" has been raided by health inspectors and ordered to close due to animal neglect, after complaints about nasty smells coming from the premises.

    The Neko no Te (cat's paw) cafe - one of many in Tokyo where guests can stroke the fluffy felines while sipping on a cappuccino - was visited by the authorities after the cooped-up kitties bred rapidly and began showing signs of illness, officials said on Friday.

    A spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health said the cafe had received several warnings over hygiene standards before. Its licence was revoked for 30 days.

    Inspectors who went to the cafe found more than 60 cats crammed into a confined space of just 320 sq ft - despite it having applied to keep just 10 of the animals - after they bred due to a lack of cages.

    The inspectors also discovered more than 40 cats displaying cold symptoms and pointed out that there was insufficient space for them to exercise.

    As of last year, Tokyo had 58 registered cat cafes.