The pet industry is enjoying a boom in Korea. Since we have become an aging society and the number of single households has skyrocketed, more and more people are raising pets as family members. Living with pets can definitely be an enjoyable experience, as doing so can make us healthier and happier. However, some people are unable to keep pets because of their long working hours, tight budgets, and cramped living spaces.
But these problems were partly solved by the opening of cat cafes. A cat cafe is a place where customers can watch and play with cats while drinking coffee or juice. The world’s first-ever cat cafe opened in Taipei in 1998. It soon attracted a huge number of people and became a famous tourist destination. Now we can see a lot of cat cafes all over the world. Interestingly, many aren’t just mere cat cafes anymore and have developed into so-called “small zoos.” You can meet a lot of animals in these cafes, including snakes, owls, meerkats, raccoons, chinchillas, and foxes.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Why is it that some people can't raise pets?
2. When and where did the first cat caf open?
3. What do people usually do in cat cafes?
1. Which animal do you like best?
2. Have you ever raised a pet?
3. Have you ever been to an animal cafe?