What do you do when you’re an animal obsessive with a severe commitment phobia? You could foster a pet. (Still a little too much commitment.) You could borrow a friend’s pet. (My coworkers have frowned upon me disappearing with their fur-children for hours on end.) Some have even suggested getting a reptile. (Sorry, you can’t cuddle a lizard. Not interested.) So, when a colleague told me about a local cat cafe, I knew it was a safe way to satiate my cute aggression without the lifelong responsibility.
Mochas & Meows (3265 Falls Parkway Suite V, Branson; 417-289-2280) is a cat cafe—an idea that combines a coffee shop with an indoor cat playground. The concept originated in Asia and has migrated to coastal cities before appearing in Branson. And before you freak out about the health hazards, the cafe portion is separated from the cat lounge by a massive picture window, several doors and a very thick wall.