Here’s a good video from Seeker Stories covering the basics of the animal cafes in Japan. I personally have only been to an owl cafe and a maid cafe, but the rabbit ones and reptile ones sound fun too!
It’s interesting how in Japan (and other parts of Asia), they can make a business out of collecting animals and pets. Some people may see it as inhumane, but in all honesty, these animals are treated with love from their respective owners, and they get plenty of food. On top of that, Japanese people are also generally more respectable and gentle than people in America or other parts of Asia. Also, these cafes are not open for the whole day, 7 days a week like you would think. That would just be too cruel. They actually have weird hours to accommodate the animals’ natural habit, eating & sleeping schedule, and just so they don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of visitors.
From my limited personal experience, the owners of these cafes are very knowledgeable about their animals. They treat them better than they would other humans. And like the video mentioned, a lot of these people live alone, so these animals really play a bigger role than just being a spectacle.
Anyhow, it’s still a weird concept I know.