Hong Kong cat cafe! Chinese pet cats at Ah Meow, Causeway Bay theme restaurant.

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Did you know Hong Kong has cat cafes too? I visited Ah Meow Cat Cafe (阿貓地攤) in Causeway Bay. (Level 3, 2-6 Foo Ming St Po Ming Building, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong)

Watch my Huffington Post video to peek inside a bizarre Chinese cat cafe.

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The space is popular with youths. No wonder it’s located in the hip Causeway Bay district.

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Many Hong Kong residents are unable to have pets because they work long hours and live in small apartments. Cat cafes let them get a feline fix, while enjoying tea and snacks. This restaurant trend began in Japan, and is now popular in major Asian cities.

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This cafe is home to eleven cats, all of whom were adopted. They roam the space freely: Some duck into baskets, others climb onto the tables and whisk their tails in people’s faces. Not surprisingly, the squish-faced Scottish Folds and Exotic Shorthairs got the most attention.

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Chocolates are for humans, and meat-cakes are for cats!

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Even the rice has cat face on it. To learn more about decorating food to look kawaii, please see my book Cute Yummy Time.

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There aren’t any ground rules at Ah-Meow — simply walk in, and join the action. The tables are packed with young locals on dates. Many hold smart phones and take photos of (or with) the kitties.

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Near the entrance, there are racks of Hello Kitty stationery and other goods for sale. You can even put on a “vampire kitten” or fold-eared mask, as you can see in the video.

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Have you ever been to a cat cafe? What do you think of this bizarre Asian phenomenon?

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Nice view

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Scottish folds, with their round earless faces, are of course the most popular. I counted at least 3 of them there.

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Exotic shorthair kitties are also well-loved, thanks to that pushed in face.

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Bonus photo of a Kuromi cake, which I saw in a Hong Kong bakery.

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Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Here are photos inside a Japanese one.

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