The Cat Cafés
Britain’s high streets have changed dramatically in recent years. The independent retailer has become a rare breed meaning that much of the unique character of our shopping districts has sadly gone. Café culture is the new black and a trip into town is now more about coffee and cakes than shopping and if you like cats then some Cafés offer the perfect snacking experience.
A Visit to a Cat Café involves enjoying your coffee or tea in the company of several cats. The idea originated in Japan over ten years ago and now cat cafés are becoming extremely popular in the UK. They promote the rescue and rehoming of cats and the therapeutic benefits of spending time with the animals.
London’s First Cat Café
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium was the first venue of its kind to open in London and was conceived to cater for people who live in flats where pets are not allowed. Visitors can spend time with cats whilst indulging in afternoon tea, a snack or a light meal. Customers are given 90 minutes in the café to relax in the company of the feline residents but must not pick them up or disturb them if they are sleeping. The concept has certainly captured people’s imagination and so it is necessary to book your visit, often several weeks in advance.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is located in Shoreditch, less than a mile from Liverpool Street Station. If you find that it is booked up then you might have more luck at London Cat Village, also in Shoreditch, which offers a similar experience.
If you live in the East Midlands then you are also in luck. Kitty Café Nottingham offers shelter to rescue cats and cats with medical issues. You can enjoy a pizza or a cup of coffee whilst meeting the feline residents. If you fall in love with a particular moggy then the café runs an adoption programme.
Mog on the Tyne
The brilliantly named Mog on the Tyne is unsurprisingly located in Newcastle and offers locally sourced food to munch on while you meet some new furry friends. As with the other cat Cafés, the welfare of the cats is the paramount concern and so the animals are carefully monitored and have places to escape to when they tire of people.
Maison de Moggy
Cat lovers north of the border are also catered for. Maison de Moggy is located near Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. It serves teas, coffees, cakes and snacks in a beautifully designed café which provides an excellent environment for both the customers and the feline residents.
The Cat Café Manchester
Recently the victim of an arson attack, the Cat Café Manchester is still open for business. A fire was started outside the entrance of the venue but thankfully no harm came to the cats. The exterior of the building sustained serious damage but you can still visit and spend time with the gorgeous felines. You can learn more about different breeds and the needy cats each have their own social media accounts.
Cat Cafés have proved to be so popular that more establishments are sure to follow. If you appreciate cats then a cat cafe is the perfect places to relax and enjoy your coffee – if you can get in!