source： editor：zhang wenni
located in the office building at xiaozhai in xi'an city, this small cat cafe has been sending out a positive vibe. with a cup of coffee and a cat, you may spend a peaceful and comforting afternoon.
young visitors called the owner "cat uncle" for the theme of this shop, and he has developed a deep bond with the cats here.
the cafe opens 8 hours a day from 1 pm to 9 pm, and cat uncle makes all his meals in the kitchen of the cafe. he also sleeps at the cafe at night. cat uncle does not ask for too much in life, yet he cherishes cats the most.
"i used to have depression, yet the cats helped me get through."
the core concept of "petting cats": "petting" is a therapy, and cats are the mediation medicine for one's self-therapy.
cat uncle is over 60 years old, and he takes the cats as his children, for he has never been married. he lives and sleeps with the cats at the cafe because he feels homeless. the cats here offer him company, and he thus feels like going home.
before opening this cafe, cat uncle used to have depression and was treated by 4-5 psychologists. he also took medicine for a while to recover. since the cafe opened, young people kept coming by, and he was happy to chat with everyone. the cats healed cat uncle, and the cafe became a place for spiritual healing. now uncle cat hardly takes any medicine, for there is no need.
"life comes with pressure, and everyone has worries and pressure. life is also bitter-sweet."
for young people nowadays, all they want is "relaxation". life in a big modern city is hard, yet it is necessary to find ways to relax when the anxiety explodes. "petting cats" has now become a "life saver" for young people to remove anxiety and escape from reality.
while under heavy pressure from work and study, young people may consider taking their laptops and loaded books to the cat cafe. in this small world, negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness and guilt can be largely relieved, and one becomes more positive, happy, and filled with hope, satisfaction and vitality.
"i feel happy because of meeting you, not for the business."
every visitor here is looking for company. for cat uncle, he may just open a store, yet the store makes up his life.
cat uncle never considered this place a coffee shop or a pet store. he runs his life here and thus sends warmth to the people coming around via these fluffy creatures.
there are far more ways in life to pursue comfort, relaxation and company. to cope with reality, one has to change themself. cat cafes may bring joy at the moment, yet people shall still go out to explore the world. read a book, climb the mountain, or the river, learn to make a dish, watch a play, join an adventure... these are all the options for us to find happiness and hope.