A cat cafe

April 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

News.com.au reports:

WOULD you like some kitten with your coffee?

Feline company is exactly what one of London’s newest cafes is offering — and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up.

“People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can’t,” said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium last month in an area east of the city’s financial district.

“There’s not many places in London you can just curl up with a book and chill out with a cat or two on your lap,” she said on Friday. “I think that’s what our success is down to.” …

The cozy English tea room, named after Alice’s cat in Alice in Wonderland, charges customers 5 pounds ($9) for two hours of kitty company. Coffee and afternoon tea — sandwiches, cakes and scones — are on the menu at an additional cost.

Lady Dinah’s opened on March 1, and is fully booked until the end of June.

Ms Pears raised more than 109,000 pounds through a crowd-funding campaign to get the cafe up and running. Despite more than a year of planning permission delays and figuring out how to maintain health and safety standards, she says the hard work has been worth it.

The 11 resident kitties were donated by people leaving the country who could no longer look after them. Kitty welfare is paramount: the get regular breaks away from people, and staff have been trained by animal behaviourists to care for them.

That’s a great idea. No surprise they are booked up for three months. I love in an apartment block that bans pets, and miss not having a cat. I’d definitely go to a cafe with cats.

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25 Responses to “A cat cafe”

  1. Ricardo (54 comments) says:

    Do you LIVE in that apartment block as well?

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  2. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Get Garreth Morgan to invest.

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  3. ShawnLH (4,998 comments) says:

    Better yet, lock him in the cafe and tell the cats who he is! :)

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  4. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    How fucking wet!

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  5. Maggy Wassilieff (390 comments) says:

    Been cat cafes in Tokyo for yonks…
    http://accidentalepicurean.com/2009/07/neko-jalala-cat-cafe-akihabara-tokyo/

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  6. dog_eat_dog (780 comments) says:

    Beware – this is a consequence of ‘livable cities': you can cycle everywhere but lifestyle choices like keeping an animal are secondary to the cause.

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  7. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I love in an apartment block

    Thank you for sharing that! :-)

    Pets are great companions, at times, better companions than humans.

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  8. lolitasbrother (685 comments) says:

    sweet jesus how absurd

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  9. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    The next thing would be a S&M cat cafe where Grumpy Cat takes swipes at you.

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  10. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    I’d definitely go to a cafe with cats.

    DPF, no offence, but…

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  11. lolitasbrother (685 comments) says:

    the most ridiculous article you ever wrote Farrar,
    will it take me Farrar to change this crap,
    your Nat weak, front here, we are ready,

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  12. kowtow (8,439 comments) says:

    I’d go to a cat cafe.

    As long as they serve them well done with a spicy sauce……yum yum.

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  13. cha (4,010 comments) says:

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  14. cha (4,010 comments) says:

    Or Mombasa.

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  15. nasska (11,468 comments) says:

    I’ve got half a dozen working dogs who could probably handle a large cat each.

    Make mine a Nescafe & a sandwich. :)

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  16. Manolo (13,746 comments) says:

    The banality of “some” modern city life.

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  17. KathyS (17 comments) says:

    There’s some seriously weird people who comment on your blog, David…. They come out from under their rocks on a Saturday night.

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  18. Viking2 (11,467 comments) says:

    Interesting eh

    After all everyone knows that cats have SLAVES.

    By implication that mean cats are into bondage et al.

    DPF are you really sure that’s the sort of parlour you would go to?

    Kinda rules out the gay thing suggested.

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  19. nasska (11,468 comments) says:

    Don’t know about kinky kitties V2 but we’ve got sheep into BDSM. :)

    Ref: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zesmra0dh96s81b/sheep.in.bondage.jpgmid.jpg

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  20. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    So this really is about cats?

    Damn here I was thinking that now that DPF has told us where he ‘loves’, we might be in for the big reveal of ‘how and who’ he loves.

    And all you lot are worried about are the pussies – honestly you sound like a pack of males!

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  21. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Nonsense KathyS. I hardly ever comment on Saturday nights! :)

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  22. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    If it was a penthouse apartment it would have come with a pet, so one could love where one lives.

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  23. jams (48 comments) says:

    Have just been in Japan and the cat cafe’s were pretty good, but we also went and found an Owl Cafe in Osaka.

    Yes, patting half a dozen owls was as awesome as you’d expect.

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  24. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    An owl cafe, must have been a hoot !

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  25. ChardonnayGuy (1,206 comments) says:

    Oh please, my cat Bebert is spoilt enough already. He’s just coerced us into buying him some more batteries for his rainbow glow collar and is proudly showing it off to his feline and canine accomplices in crime in our neighbourhood. I shudder to think how he’d behave in a cat cafe. There is a reason that cats have no concept of vanity… :)

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