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Prague has become a popular travel destination and is known for its beautiful architecture, often drawing comparisons to Paris.
So it’s not surprising that the city’s cat cafes are just as attractive. Residents (and visitors!) in Prague are awfully lucky because they not only have an abundance of feline emporiums to choose from, but they are gorgeous to boot.
The Neighbor’s Cat visited all four of Prague’s cat cafes in September, 2017.
The space that Kocici Kavarna occupies is dreamy and makes it a pleasure to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the world go by.
The presence of cats is simply a cherry on top of this picture perfect sundae.
The location, across the Vitava River a few blocks south of Old Town, is an easy 15 minute walk from the Charles Bridge. When I walked in, I was struck by how light and airy the front room was, accented with autumn decor. I placed my order for a latte at the handsome bar which was filled with tempting cakes. Unable to resist, I added a cat cupcake to my tab.
In contrast to the front, I headed for the dark and atmospheric back room, where all the cats seemed to be, selected a cute little table and had a seat. With the antique decor and candlelight, it felt like the perfect place to spill a few secrets. There were several other visitors as well, and each had a kitty companion at their side.
There are ten cats in residence at Kocici Kavarna and I found them to be endearing and friendly, but especially Sweetheart, a cuddly long-haired ginger who quickly found his way onto my lap and into my heart.
My only criticism is that I caught the tiniest whiff of cat box every so often.
Overall, my visit to this cat cafe was lovely in all aspects. The cats, the environment, the food/drink and service were all top notch, making a visit to Kocici Kavarna a wonderfully satisfying and highly recommended break when in Prague.
Prague’s oldest cat cafe is yet another beautiful place to sip coffee while enjoying the presence of furry felines.
Located in the Zizkov neighborhood, a short distance from the main train station and Jiriho Podebrad metro stop, I felt right at home at Kockafe Freya as soon as I stepped inside. The set up is stylish and cozy, with just enough space between tables to feel communal, yet private for conversation.
I was coffee-ed out by the time I arrived at 4 pm and being a Friday afternoon, decided to order a white wine and some nibbles for the super low price of 80 crowns ($3.65 USD). As I listened to indie music, the cafe’s seven cats (all rescues) curiously and quietly roamed the room switching places for their next nap, which is when I noticed the adorable merchandise featuring these kitty celebrities.
During my hour-long visit, a mix of tourists and regular customers filled the cafe, and we received great service from the friendly manager who clearly adores the cats and enjoys running this lovingly crafted space.
Kockafe Freya has a hip and relaxing vibe that I found irresistible and strongly recommend a visit when in Prague.
Kavarna Kocici (not to be confused with Kocici Kavarna!) is another lovely place to enjoy a latte in the company of cats. Adjacent to the Old Town (between Florenc and Krizikova metro stops) I stepped into this bright and cheerful cat cafe after a pleasant walk through the Karlin neighborhood. There are two levels- the basement is cozy and atmospheric, I decided to sit upstairs where most of the cats were hanging out.
There are nine felines living at the cafe and while they are social and enjoy sitting near you, are not as keen on being petted. I hung out with Skorice, who sat in a nearby window and came around to sniff me every so often. The menu contains the bios of all the kitties, so you can learn their names and personalities. I suspect as a regular, you would make feline friends in no time!
I ordered a latte for 65 crowns ($2.96) which was high quality and nicely presented. The cafe also serves a variety of cocktails and food- sandwiches, soups and cakes. In speaking with manager Zuzka, she stated they had been open for three years and were shifting to an eco-sensitive concept with decomposable cups and vegan/raw food.
With friendly cats and staff, excellent food/drink and a relaxing cafe environment, a stop at Kavarna Kocici will most certainly be a highlight when visiting Prague.
CAT CAFE PRAGUE
Located in New Town, just adjacent to the tourist mecca of Old Town, the vibe of Cat Cafe Prague is definitely ‘make yourself at home’.
Spacious, with plenty of cozy couches, adorable felines and an all-you-can-drink coffee bar, you might be tempted to stay all day, but remember you are paying an hourly rate of 99 crowns ($4.51 USD).
I was greeted in English by the friendly host, who explained the rules, including replacing shoes for slippers and hand washing, something that is common in Japan, but rarely implemented in western cat cafes.
He also provided a quick tour of the facility, showing me the cat room, video game room, lounge and kitchen area where I was told I could help myself to as much coffee, tea and snacks as I liked. He noted there are eight cats, all rescues, including two small kittens. The cafe tries to select cats that are fairly social and will adapt well to the environment.
With cat on the brain, I started in the ‘cat room’ so-named for the plethora of toys and cat equipment it contained. I focused my attention on a playful young kitten that never tired of chasing a string and diving through a nylon tunnel.
Next, I moved to the colorful and comfortable lounge where I made eye contact with a cat whose name I later learned was Kenzo. I sat still on the couch until he hopped up on the armrest next to me and proceeded to nuzzle my neck until I thought I would die from kitty-induced euphoria. It was one of my best cat moments in a cat cafe.
I didn’t spend any time in the video game room with its big screen and Playstation set up, but I liked the dark and atmospheric space.
Between photographs, sipping coffee and playing with cats, my hour went by very quickly. The beverage and snack bar was not something I had seen before. It was a nice touch, although everything was fairly basic.
Cat Cafe Prague isn’t as pretty as the other three cat cafes in town, but with a clean, cozy space, friendly staff, and the prospect of getting some kitty love from Kenzo, I recommend popping in when in Prague.
With the colder times of the year it’s time to provide you all with another one of our christmas gift guides!
We hope you’ll enjoy our suggestions and do let us know which one is your favourite in the comments.
Gifts for Cats:
1. The Fowndry
You like important landmarks around the world? You want to give your cat a chance to experience them as well? These super cute cat houses are just the thing for this!
This adorable christmas themed fish toy is available from your local Sainsbury’s supermarket in the UK! As you can see Rennie enjoyed his little present a lot. 🙂
3. Cheshire & Wain London
Those of you that have been following us for a while probably already know that we are huge fans of Cheshire & Wain London! So of course their latest range, the Cheshire & Wain X Choupette’s Diary Collar had to be featured in our Christmas Gift guide! Two of ours have featured some of their collars before as you can see on Oliver and Nubia.
4. Find Me A Gift
Is your cat going to be the next famous DJ?!? Find out with this fantastic DJ cat scratch deck from Find Me A Gift!
This bowl is another fun idea from Find Me A Gift. And we certainly know the feeling of this… whenever the bowl is empty Rennie will MEOW for more. 😉
annabeljames the place for luxurious but affordable gifts doesn’t just do gifts for humans! We found these lovely gifts for cats on their site. Such as this super cute storage tin.
6. Pet Angel
Looking for a fabulous brush for your feline companion? We were very impressed with the Pet Angel from Tangle Angel and will be posting a full review on it next month.
Looking for a christmas dinner for your kitties? Canagan is another great range of food that is grain free and caters for our carnivore friends.
Looking for something useful for your cat that will also make your life easier?!? PetSafe has just the thing for you with their automatic litter box! The ScoopFree uses crystal litter replacement trays so all you need to do is take one out, seal it up and put the next one in!
Of course PetSafe also has a variety of cool cat toys of which we’ve reviewed some already and have more coming up over the next few months. 🙂
9. Feline Cuisine
Of course no gift guide for cats is complete without at least one food recommendation and this time we have a bunch for you! This new Feline Cuisine range is exclusively available at Tesco and we can’t wait to try it out with our own three connoisseurs.
10. Katzenworld Shop
Of course we had to include our own Blog Shop christmas range, not just because it’s our own shop but because the toys from 4cats are simply that good!
11. Home Bargain
Of course we totally understand that some of you might be looking for something a little cheaper and that’s no problem as we’ve got some ideas from Home Bargain for you to cover that!
At time of writing the prices in store were:
Advent calendar – £1.29
Cat ornament bauble – 99p
Christmas stocking – £1.99
Gifts for Humans:
buyagift is a wonderful place to find gift vouchers and more for your friends and families! And of course they’ve got things that us cat lovers will enjoy too. Such as this feed the Tigers experience.
We recently received a voucher from a friend for an afternoon tea experience and meet the Tigers through their site and will be making use of this once it’s warmer again. But we certainly can’t wait for this and will report back to you on our own experience. In the meantime this has made it into the top of our gift ideas for humans thanks to the surprise present. 🙂
For all of their cat themed experiences simply click here.
2. Espensen Spirit
Back for a second year running are the amazingly cute bottles from Espensen Spirit a local flavoured gin and vodka maker in Bristol! Available in many unique flavours that are sure to delight the person you choose to receive these.
What’s even better donations from the sale of every drink will be made to different local charities, including the homeless charity Caring in Bristol (particularly close to Sam’s heart as she left home very young and slept rough/sofa-surfed), Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, the Racehorse Rehoming Centre and a local cancer charity.
Looking for a cute way to store your pens at work? Mustard has got you covered there! 🙂
They even have fairy lights and other amazingly cute cat items so do check out their full range of cat items.
4. Charles Clinkard
You are a crazy cat dad or mother? You want to get your children started early to ensure that they continue the legacy of loving cats? Charles Clinkard has an adorable lunchbox and backpack to achieve just that. 😀
5. Ginger Fox
This super cute and fun card game by Ginger Fox designed for the whole family can be purchased online and at John Lewis or Waterstones! We got one of these to try out and certainly LOVED it! 🙂 For those not in the UK Amazon is probably going to be the best location to get a copy of this.
6. Homesitters UK
While kind of more of a necessity we all want to know that our kitties are safe while we are away! If you’re planning to go away at Christmas but won’t be able to take your cat with you, give them the gift of someone to love them while you’re away via our friends over at Homesitters (UK).
I am sure like us you all take loads of photos of your cats as well. But how to display them so your visitors can see the cuteness of your cat(s)? This photo frame is the purrfect solution for this!
8. Parkinson’s UK
Looking for a gift that keeps you entertained at what could be a boring daytime job without your cat’s’ presence? This super cute 365 days calendar from the charity Parkinson’s UK is purrfect alternative to attempting to sneak your cat into the office.
We all know how much we love our cats but at the same time don’t we hate the dust they leave behind from their litterbox? iRobot is a perfect solution here as it can keep your house clean without any effort of your own. 😉
We actually got a chance to try out one of these and were very impressed – the detailed review on this will follow soon!
10. Ulster Weave
These lovely kitchen and dining items from Ulster Weavers come in two different designs. The Cats in Waiting and the Catwalk range. There are items from as little as £2 so there should be something for every budget!
Catfulness is an adorable book about the daily life of cats! It’s full with adorable illustrations will certainly make your life easier and more enjoyable as cats have so much they can teach us. 😉
The book is available through most book shops in various languages and of course via Amazon.
2. Claws, Confessions of a Cat Groomer
Claws, Confessions of a Cat Groomer by Anita Kelsey is one of our must reads this year! While a dedicated feature is coming soon we simply can’t wait until that point to recommend the book to you. 🙂
It’s a fun to read book that picks on some of her favorite grooming tales while showing readers how to do it right! 😉
3. A Million Christmas Cats
Looking for something relaxing to do while sitting at the fireplace or relaxing on the sofa? A Million Christmas Cats is the cats meow for this! Available through book shops as well as Amazon.
4. Amazon Fire 7 HD
You prefer to read your books via an e-reader? The new Amazon Fire 7 HD could come in handy here! We got one of these recently to be able to read our books for reviews on the go and of course you can even watch series and movies on there.
Plus Amazon has plenty of cat themed books, movies and series available via their shop and Amazon Video.
If you want to learn how to draw your cat you’ve found the book! Cattitude: Drawing Cats for Creative People by Lulu Mayo is fun and easy to follow.
We shall make sure to review some more these over the coming year!
For more ideas you can also browse our in house product reviews here. These are products that we have thoroughly tested and provided you with our own photos and recommendations.
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10 Ways to Help your Dog and Cat Become BFFs
by John Devlin
Cats and dogs don’t get along, right! The truth is; both natural predators they would prefer to avoid each other if possible but with more people than ever having multi-pet households what can we do to help these long-time enemies live in harmony.
The best way for dogs and cats to get along is by introducing them at a young age puppies and kittens under one year of age are more open and accepting of new situations and can pick up on body language more easily plus they will both be keener to play rather than fight. It is a good idea to let your young puppy or kitten meet other species at this time even if you don’t intend them to live together so they will not regard them as enemies in the future.
Prepare your home
If you are bringing a new dog or cat into your home which already has a pet it is essential to prepare a safe place for the cat to feel relaxed keep them in different rooms to start with perhaps separated by a baby gate so they can see each other and get used to one another’s scent without confrontation and always provide somewhere high for your cat to escape too, like a scratching post or cat tree, if things become too overwhelming for her. Cat food and litter trays can be attractive to dogs so it’s a good idea to feed your cat separately and keep the litter tray out of Fido’s reach.
Introduce them slowly
Do not bring a new kitten or puppy into the home and forcefully introduce them by holding the cat close to the dog, not only will this be a frightening experience for the kitty but you are likely to end up with arms full of scratches. Take it slow, let them get used to each other with a safety gate or crate separating them initially and if this is successful let them approach each other at their own pace with the dog preferably on a lead to start with, just in case the cat flees and he decides to give chase.
If you are adopting a new dog it is vital you know his background to be sure he can live and interact with cats without incident before introducing him in to your home and remember a cat’s natural instinct is to run if she feels threatened some breeds like Sighthounds and Terriers have an extremely high prey drive and are not the best choice for a multi-pet household unless socialized from an early age. Some breeds which are known to be good with cats include Pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cavapoos and Havanese. Cats tend to tolerate smaller dogs better as they are not so intimidated by size but some large breeds can also be gentle with kitties and these include Golden Retrievers and the Newfoundland. The same is true if you are adopting a cat, if they have been attacked by a dog in the past they may never be able to live with another canine.
Exercise the dog before introduction
A tired dog will not react to a situation the same as one which is full of energy, before introducing the two make sure your pooch has been on a long walk, that way he will be more relaxed and accepting of the situation. A dog which is full of beans will just get over-excited and will make the cat more fearful. Remember any negative incidents at the beginning of their relationship will just make the process longer so do everything you can to make these initial introductions go smoothly.
While cats are not the easiest animal to train it is possible and of course you should be training your dog from an early age, words like “leave it” “come” “sit” and “no” are useful commands and if your pooch will respond instantly so much the better. Dogs can generally do more damage to a cat so it is important to keep kitty safe at all times but on the other hand, do not let your puss beat up the dog either.
Use positive reinforcement
It is important to use positive reinforcement for both species once they are showing calm relaxed behavior give them a reward when the cat walks into the room where the dog is, say “here is kitty” reward the dog and vice versa this will give them a positive association with the other. Animals get jealous too, so it is vital to treat them equally don’t lavish affection on one while the other is present, it could lead to resentment.
Let the cat approach in its own time
Cats are naturally cautious creatures and do not do well when forced into situations they are unsure of, it may be a case that your two pets will tolerate each other but never be close buddies and if so it is important to accept this. Don’t try to speed things up by constantly pushing them together. Leaving them to establish their own boundaries is more likely to see them living in harmony together and sometime in the future you may be lucky and find them enjoying a nap together.
Separate them when not at home
Like us humans, even if your four-legged friends become good pals they will not necessarily get on 24/7 especially in the beginning, so it is essential to keep them apart when you are not there to prevent unwanted scuffles and potential tragedy. A cat will attack a dog when backed into a corner and most dogs will react which could result in a fight and if you are not there to intervene the consequences can be dire.
Watch out for signs of strife, if your cat is constantly hiding, a young puppy or kitten is always annoying an older animal, or your dog is exhibiting stressful behaviors like constantly licking his paws or panting excessively, there may be an underlying issue. It is essential to look out for signs that the two may not be getting on as well as you think so you can work on making them both happy.
So, there you have it dogs and cats can get along and live together in perfect harmony but it takes time and patience, depending on the animals age, personality and breed they may be able to live together peacefully but it is also important to remember that some will never get along and you may have to resign yourself to living in a one species home. That being said, if you are successful, cats and dogs can become good friends and some develop an extremely strong bond, so good luck and let’s hope your pets don’t end up fighting like …. well you know!
Owner – Dogsbarn.com
Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!