Traditional Japanese Inn Offers ‘Rent-a-Cat’ Option for Customers Who Want Cuddles
There is a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) in Japan that offers customers the option to rent a kitty to accompany them during their stay.
The inn, called My Cat, which is also written very attractively in hiragana as まいきゃっと, maikyatto, is the purr-fect place for people who really love cats and would love to spend more time with them — unlike most cat cafes where they are only allowed to stay a few hours or so to play with felines.
Twitter user mituyasann recently shared her experience when she stayed at My Cat in Yugawara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.
“This Saturday I took a trip to Hakone to wash away all the fatigue I piled up working through April. I stayed in the best place ever – an inn in Yugawara that comes with a (rental) cat! I can’t keep one at home but I adore cats. I was in fountains of tears the whole time,” she wrote in her Twitter post, as translated by SoraNews24.
mituyasann’s experience has certainly made a lot of feline fans excited to give My Cat a try. Here are some of the comments that Japanese netizens wrote:
“Is this what they call…a utopia…?”
“Pick the one you like and take it to your hotel room, huh… That’s a loaded concept.”
“Makes me wonder if the cats have the option to politely decline or escape from clients! I hope they have procedures in place to protect the cats from bad customers. All that said, I still want to go.”
“I went to snoop recently and they do offer adoption programs for the cats. They won’t let you pick cats that are feeling depressed or sick, either. It seems like a healthier set-up than the cat cafes here in Tokyo.”
“I was worried about the kitties too, but the photos make it look like they’re doing fine. The customer is the real problem isn’t it? How do you pick a customer who won’t stress the cats out?”
For those who are curious and would like to visit the place, she posted some of the details you’d want to check out.
“Obviously this place is the best because you can stay with a cat there! But you can also just open a window and immediately look out on to the ocean, and even smell the sea-salt in the air. It’s a perfect location at this time of year.”