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The Proposed Cat Cafe, CatFe, May Have Found A Home In Little Tokyo

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The Calico Cat Cafe in Tokyo (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
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There's been talk about L.A. getting its very own cat cafe, but we are still experiencing a depressing lack of cat cafes. The good news is that one projected kitty cafe project, CatFe, may have selected a location, right in the heart of Little Tokyo. Carlos Wong has been trying to raise funds for CatFe for a while now, but he may be moving into a two-story spot near Mr. Pizza in the Japanese Village Plaza, Eater LA reports. An operational CatFe would source its kitties from local animal shelter No-Kill Los Angeles and serve boba drinks and light snacks. If you happened to fall in love with a cat, you could potentially adopt your new BFF right then and there.

Wong has previously attempted to raise funds for his cafe via Kickstarter, but did not reach his $350,000 goal. But now that he's reportedly in talks with a potential landlord, he's running around round of fundraising, including an appearance at the LA Feline Film Festival on September 21.

The LA Feline Film Festival is a partnership between Santa Monica pet product company Organikat and The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, who put on the first fest dedicated to online cat videos. Special guests include Lil Bub and SoCal legend Tara the Hero Cat.

I once had the distinct joy of checking out a cat cafe in Tokyo. It was the Calico Cat Cafe in Shinjuku, and for $10/hour, you could play with and pet their dozens of cats. And I did. And it was great.

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