A recent article in the Independent tells of Lauren Pears’ attempt to bring Japan’s cat café phenomenon to the shores of the United Kingdom with the help of crowd-funding.
Getting off to a fantastic start, the cat café proposition has already received thousands of pounds in pledges that range from five pounds through to five hundred, all from eager punters who are excited by the prospect of petting their favourite puss whilst enjoying a hot beverage at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.
This exclusive establishment is set to have 15 cheeky mousers available for plenty of lap warming, cuddles, strokes and scratches, all whilst enjoying your favourite coffee in the heart of the hustle and bustle of London city centre. Founder Lauren Pears believes a cat café will add an important addition to the working population leading busy lives, saying “I think Brits will take to it. Lots of people live in small flats or their working lives make it impractical to keep pets.”
There is thought to be around 40 cat cafes in Tokyo alone, and although this trend is yet to truly come alive in Europe, Austria opened its first cat café (Café Neko) last July, soon followed by Cats Republic in St Petersburg.
Allaying any concerns on food hygiene and safety, the Food Standards Agency confirm that the risk of any cat-related health problems can be kept to a bare minimum by keeping cats well away from food preparation areas using reasonable precaution. Cats will also be thoroughly vaccinated and receive a veterinary check for peace of mind for punters.
Although Tokyo establishments tend to charge a door fee then followed by an hourly fee for the length of time you choose to stay, Pears instead will scrap the hourly fee to create a much more relaxed atmosphere inside.
With Pears and her Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium creation waiting in the wings to enliven the streets of London, the crowd funding process still has a long way to go. With a target of £108,000 to raise by the 15th of February, every donation helps. To pledge your allegiance to this cute kitty cause, visit the indiegogo page here.
What do you think? Could Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium spark a revolution of cat cafes across the UK? Let us know – we’d be straight there!