YOUR Guide to: make the most out of your study abroad experience by travelling, learning, and living
DISCLAIMER: No, this is not about sick pets (fortunately).
Let’s be real, everyone talks about how to cope with homesickness while you’re abroad. I know I certainly miss my friends in California, dad jokes that are so horrible they’re hilarious, and the classic, always much-needed mom hug.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PETS??!
I mean, if you’re anything like me, being based over 5,000 miles from your dogs, cats, bunnies, and maybe even fish really starts to take its toll. Other than keeping an album on my iPhone dedicated specifically to my dogs (for the record, I do indeed have such an album with literally hundreds of pictures of my dogs), here are some ~necessary~ tips to coping with pet-sickness abroad.
CAT AND DOG CAFES – THEY DO EXIST <33
- Maison de Moggy: Missing your feline friends? Maison de Moggy, based centrally in Grassmarket, is my go-to whenever I need a pick-me-up – the 11 feline residents are perfect for both de-stressing during exam season or simply a day which you’re missing your pets a little bit more. A couple of my favourite residents include the adorable hairless, sweater-wearing Sphynx named Elodie and the stoic British Short Hair, Sebastian.
Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe: SCOTLAND’S FIRST DOG CAFE WHAAA! As their motto advertises, what’s better than ‘life’s simple pleasures – cake and dogs’?? Honestly don’t have an answer to that question. Although it is a bit pricier than Maison de Moggy, nearly an hour with the wee doggie stars is 10000% worth a tenner. [Caution: may cause extreme happiness]
- Purrple Cat Café: It’s punny AND cat-friendly! Although I haven’t been here (yet), there’s something to say about Glasgow’s FIRST cat café. For only £5 you can book a table for tea with the adorable Purrple cats.
- Cat Lounge: Ireland’s first cat lounge opened up only a few months ago so yes, that means you can go visit its resident KITTENS!! For those students based in Ireland missing your furry, feline friends, Cat Lounge Dublin is purrrfect for you.
- Pupp: Although this cafe doesn’t have resident dogs like the Chihuahua Café in Edinburgh, it’s a place where you can almost always go to have dinner with some canine diners! Similar to Lazy Dog in California, Pupp in Dublin offers a Doggy Menu for those who wish to come in and dine with their hungry pups.
CAT CAFES IN ENGLAND