Cat lovers, now you can rent a cat!
What do you do if you want a pet to play with but don’t have the time or space to keep one of your own? Well if you happen to live in (or are visiting) Tokyo, Japan, you can head over to the Nekobukuro and rent one. For 600 yen (or about $5.84) you can play in a cat-centric wonderland where felines let you pet them, play with them, and snap pictures of them as they lounge about.
Located in the Ikebukuro Tokyu Hands store (a large Japanese departmental store), up to 20 cats are available to interact with at a time. Even if you don’t want to physically mingle with the kitties, wandering into the Nekobukuro and looking around can be an adventure. Here everything is built with the cat ’employees’ in mind, with floor to ceiling cat towers, scratching posts, ramps that lead up to shelves at the tops of walls, and cat toys littering the floor everywhere.
And after your hour is up, you can leave the cats behind, having experienced the joys of pet ownership without having to deal with the not-so-fun stuff, like cleaning the litterboxes. 🙂