Not only will you be able to buy good quality coffee beans, and drink tasty tea and cakes, you’ll also be able to play with cats.
Once the café is open, there will be between 10 and 15 cats that will roam freely around the café for you to stroke, cuddle and play with while you relax.
Cat lover and entrepreneur, Lauren Pears is the brains behind Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. After her idea was featured in the Independent, she managed to collect donations from the public totalling £100,000.
The idea may be unique here, but in Japan cat cafes have been popular for years. The reason being – in Tokyo, many estate agents ban pets, so visiting a cat café is a good compromise.
Some sociologists have also come to the conclusion that cats can provide comfort in societies with an ageing population and fewer children.
Although, many of us in Britain are allowed to keep pets in our homes, some estate agents aren’t happy accommodating cats. Many young people also find it hard to commit financially. So, seeing as we’re a nation of cat lovers, I’m sure Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium will be a huge success.
So, where will all the cats come from? They will be rescue cats from the Mayhew Animal Home located in north-west London in Kensal Green.
Some critics have argued that the cats would be better off in a home with a solid family rather than a changing group of people; however, surely not all cats find good homes straight away, and they’d be far better off in the cat café than a rescue centre.
Pears responded to the criticism by saying that she was going to recruit volunteers who would be able to look after the cats during the night.