Aby-a-Day – 7 Juli: My first visit to a cat cafe…in Paris! (Special Sunday(

As I mentioned yesterday, whilst we were in London, we took a daytrip last Tuesday to Paris.

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Our first stop was Le Café Des Chats, my first ever cat café!

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I know, I know…cat cafés are a thing…but this is the first one I’ve ever been to.

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They had laminated cards with photos and backstories of every cat. Those came in wicked handy.

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One cat, Simba, decided it was his job to manage the front desk.

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Simba was up there, managing, most of the time we were there.

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It was so adorable, how seriously he took his self-appointed job.

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Then there was Zan.

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Zan spent almost the entire time we were there (from the café’s opening at noon) up on his shelf on the wall.

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The café has an ingenious system of steps, bridges, and old furniture mounted to the wall to create a “cat superhighway” (™ Jackson Galaxy). Seems like it’s working.

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The resident cats clearly knew that they were in charge. The only rules were “don’t feed the cats” and “don’t wake a sleeping cat.”

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This is Salem, owning his chair.

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Here’s Alaska.

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According to his bio, he was born in the street to a neglected housecat. Not sure why he’s called Alaska…but it suits him.

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The table we sat at had books that patrons could read. This book, “Secrets of the Cat,” was one of them.

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It had a two-page spread dedicated to the “indefatigable players” – notably, the Abyssinian and the Singapura.

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Abys’ playfulness needs no explanation…

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…But the part about Singapuras is particularly adorable. It says, “The Singapura is an expert in clowneries.” Sounds about right.

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The café also has this brilliant poster featuring famous felines.

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And it really is complete. Look at #62: It’s Zunar J-9/5 aka Jake the Cat From Outer Space!

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Then there was this old print in the washroom. That “wild cat” looks a lot like an Aby, don’t you think?

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But the best part about the café was this lovely lady.

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Her name is Izmir.

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At first, she looks like a white longhair…but she isn’t. She’s a lilac Turkish Van; you can barely see it in photos, but her tail is lilac, not white. She also has one yellow eye and one blue one.

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Izmir was a very polite cat. She came up to me and sat on the table, waiting for permission before engaging.

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Then, a gentle headbutt.

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Then she decided to crawl onto my lap.

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She has the longest whiskers I have ever seen on a cat.

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She settled down and made herself comfortable. The leather couch was rather slidey, so I was half sitting, half lying on it when Izmir settled. It was a bit awkward.

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But how could I move? She was so comfy.

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And she was purring!

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She stayed on my lap, purring and kneading, for the longest time. I didn’t really get to interact with many of the other cats…but after almost a week of not having any kitties to cuddle, she really made my day.

6 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 7 Juli: My first visit to a cat cafe…in Paris! (Special Sunday(

  1. Truly wonderful story with great illustrations. Did think it might be a nice chance for Bjorn
    to pick up his Grimalkin…

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  2. What a wonderful café! It’s the kind of haven I wish our neighborhood had, a hangout with cats. Thank you for the closeups of the art as well as the intros to some of the cats. Izmir is lovely with great taste in companions.

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  3. That looks like an awesome cat cafe! My human hardly gets to visit any since whenever she is out of town, I am usually with her, and she rarely leaves me long enough to go to one.

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