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Meow: Vienna's 1st cat cafe opens

Thursday - 5/3/2012, 5:24pm  ET

VIENNA (AP) - Would you like a cat with your coffee? If so, Vienna's newest coffee house is the place to go.

Five cats roam freely in "Cafe Neko," ready to be stroked and cuddled _ and when they are tired of all the attention, they can disappear into their own space or climb high above the tables, out of reach of the guests.

"Cafe Neko" opened Thursday. Owner Alexander Thuer tells the Austria Press Agency that the idea to combine coffee with cats comes from his Japanese wife, Takako Ishimitsu, who says such establishments are common in Asia _ but rare in Europe.

But not all guests are welcome. Dogs, which have entry to most Viennese coffee houses, have to stay outside.


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