Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Kittens and tea, what's not to love?! The rise of the cat cafe.


Something has been stirring in Britain's cafes and tea rooms of late, or should that be purring?! As something small, furry and cute has been lurking around every hidden corner, under the table and purring over your freshly baked slice of cake, yes, an army of cute furry kittens have been taking to our cafes and they're showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

The cat cafe is nothing new, in fact they've been around for a number of years now, with the first cat cafe opening it's doors in Taiwan back in 1998, but it's only recently invaded our shores, as thousands of keen kitten aficionados have let an army of purring kittens nest up in their cafes, creating a unique tourist attraction and afternoon tea experience.

Who wouldn't want to sip on their afternoon cuppa as a cute kitten purrs at your feet, the cat cafe is certainly a unique experience, allowing cats to nest in their cafe home in a peaceful, contained environment that cares for the cats, as well as allowing visitors to nest up inside alongside them.

The very first cat cafe in the UK certainly drew a lot of attention, with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign leading to the opening of Lady Dinah's cat emporium in London. A haven for the kittens for whom this unique cafe has become their home, as well as providing a unique dining experience for the visitors who can take in a spot of afternoon tea, or a cup of coffee amongst the kittens, its proved so popular that visitors have to book well in advance to secure a slot, so it's certainly something to plan alongside a trip to London.

After the success of Lady Dinah's it only seemed natural that several other cat cafes should pop up around the UK, with Nottingham's Kitty Cafe opening it's doors shortly thereafter, re-homing cats in a relaxing environment, whilst also providing a unique stop off for a cuppa. Alongside Scotland's Maison de Moggy, providing Edinburgh with a unique, kitten dining experience.

But it doesn't stop there, with crowdfunding campaigns cropping up to open cat cafes from Birmingham, to Llanduddno, with the most recent cat cafe opening soon in Newcastle, Mog on the Tyne, kittens it would seem have started to infiltrate our cafes, and quite frankly, we don't mind at all!

Of course, it's not just a fad, with each and every cat cafe the kittens are all safely integrated into each cafe, carefully looked after, and given regular rest days in-between all the visits, ensuring for plenty of happy kittens, as well as visitors.

It's certainly a unique experience, and one that's proving to be in popular demand, who knows where the next one will crop up!

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