Introducing The Cat's Meow, Michigan’s First Cat Cafe, a Place Where Cats and Coffee Come Together...

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After losing her father to cancer, Miranda Bono, 23, decided to chase her dreams and launch a cat cafe in Ann Arbor, MI. See her story in the video for the Indiegogo Crowd Fundraiser on how she plans to bring the first one to the Michigan.

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The cafe will act as a sanctuary for the cats, giving them a large open space to roam and people to see everyday.

All across the country new cafe’s are causing a stir of emotion in cat people. People can now go somewhere and mingle with cats and other cat people. They can drink a cup of coffee, eat a pastry and read a book, with a side of kittens.

Cafe’s that are half coffee shop and half cat rescue center have been in cities like Denver, New York City, and Portland for quite some time. Is Ann Arbor the next city for the themed cafe? Owner, Miranda Bono, seems to think so and wants The Cat’s Meow Cat Cafe to be Michigan’s first. Bono expects the cafe to open in the next six months. She has partnered with Mason Jar Coffee Co. as the speciality coffee roaster.

The concept first originated in Taiwan, where the world’s first cat cafe opened in 1998. They continued to appear throughout Asia, where living spaces can be small and owning pets is difficult. Making its way through Europe, the trend finally made it to the U.S. in Oakland, California where the first one was launched.

Though the cafes are more than just a place to pet cats and drink coffee, they are a way to change the methods of rescue facilities by bringing the cats directly to the public. The Cat’s Meow's rescue partner Happy Hearts Feline Rescue sees it as an opportunity to free space in their current shelter, giving more cats a chance to be rescued.

The cafe will act as a sanctuary for the felines, giving them a large open space to roam and people to see everyday. They will have the chance to choose their owners by bonding with customers. Bono feels that the cafe will be a place for them to live that will feel more like a home, as they wait to be adopted.

So what does The Cat’s Meow need from the people of Michigan? A chance to help cats, by raising $35,000 in their Indiegogo Crowd Fundraiser. Bono plans to supplement the campaign with other funding sources to help open the doors.

Those interested in contributing can view their website and Indiegogo campaign to donate, click here to donate.

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