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Libertyshepirouette Wed 20-Dec-17 14:06:16

What do you think of cat cafes?One is opening near me in the new year.I love cats but wonder if the cats would be happy.

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TheSecondOfHerName Wed 20-Dec-17 14:32:27

I haven't been to one but have read about them. Coexisting with multiple other cats in the same territory? Having a constant stream of strangers entering that territory? It makes me wonder how the cats cope with it. Perhaps they only use particularly chilled, laid-back cats.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 20-Dec-17 14:50:37

If you love cats, look up local cat shelters and see if any of them need volunteers. At the NAWT shelter near me, volunteers come in regularly to sit with the cats and give them attention.

Toddlerteaplease Wed 20-Dec-17 15:20:18

Do you live in Leeds op? If so, the one opening there is run by the same people as the one in Nottingham. I'm not over keen on the idea but the cats are very well cared for. It's expensive though. £5 just to get in, and you can only stay an hour. If I didn't have my own cats, I'd probably go there more often to get my fix.

onlyonaTuesday Wed 20-Dec-17 15:22:45

The one in Manchester is great.
It’s £12 for a hour but you get free drinks with that.
It’s lovely watching the cats.
There is always information on individual cats and things about the animal shelter.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 20-Dec-17 15:32:31

The RSPCA, Cats Protection and Celia Hammond have spoken out in opposition of the idea.

Libertyshepirouette Wed 20-Dec-17 16:31:11

I have cats myself.
I was interested in the cat cafe opening up as I can't resist stroking cats in the street,and the thought of a cat cafe appealed but only if the cats were happy.
Toddlerteaplease no I am not near Leeds.
The cat cafe is opening in Liverpool.It is going to be run by the Manchester cat cafe people.
I wonder how many cat cafes there are ?(off to Google)
I am just undecided if it's a good thing.

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Weedsnseeds1 Wed 20-Dec-17 16:41:04

We have this in our nearest city!

DaisyDando Wed 20-Dec-17 16:43:12

I’ve been to one in London and I liked it a lot. But I’m not sure it is the right thing.

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 20-Dec-17 16:47:32

I've looked at the website for the one in Manchester and they seem to have arrangements to help the cats feel comfortable:
-no children under 10
-no touching a cat who is sleeping
-cats have their own private space they can access at any time
-cats have a ceiling run they can access to get above it all

I still have my reservations about the concept though.

LivingInMidnight Wed 20-Dec-17 16:57:14

One opened near me fairly recently. I have reservations too. I've had many cats and I can't think of one that would have been ok with a constant stream of strangers.

Libertyshepirouette Wed 20-Dec-17 20:16:49

Thesecondofhername I think that's a good idea and I will look into it thanks.
Apparently in 2016 there were 9 cat cafes in the uk and more new ones opening.

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Toddlerteaplease Wed 20-Dec-17 21:41:44

My friend lives in Liverpool and got very offended when I suggested we should go to it. He wanted to know what was wrong with having coffee and cake at his house with his Cat!

tabulahrasa Thu 21-Dec-17 07:07:10

I've been to one, I describe it as paying to be ignored by other cats... I'm still going, but I can be ignored by my cat for free...

Welfare wise, there's no forcing the cats to do anything, it's very much a case of cats hanging about being cats and people watching them as if they don't feel like interacting they're all up in cat trees or high walkways or through in the space that the public can't access...

christmasrage Thu 21-Dec-17 07:22:15

They choose the cats from rescues that assess their temperaments, if I remember correctly. Presumably a mixture of ages, so there are some young skittish ones. I'd be interested in the turnover of cats, if anyone has been long enough to notice, and whether anyone keeps track. Do cats get turfed out for being too standoffish, or getting feisty with customers?

christmasrage Thu 21-Dec-17 07:24:08

The person who opened the one near me didn't have a cat herself, and had some odd finance history- though I didn't know her well enough to hear the details.

hesterton Thu 21-Dec-17 07:25:53

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christmasrage Thu 21-Dec-17 07:29:57

This suggests they are not so bad...

PinkSparklyPussyCat Thu 21-Dec-17 08:46:56

I've been to one in London and enjoyed it. The cats seemed relaxed, there were strict rules about what guests can and can't do and there are plenty of places for the cats to get out of the way - cubby holes and high places.

christmasrage Thu 21-Dec-17 09:05:18

Right, I'm going. New Year treat.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 21-Dec-17 09:40:50

I'd be interested in the turnover of cats

Hopefully minimal, as every time a new cat is introduced to the colony it's going to increase stress.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 21-Dec-17 09:41:55

I'm surprised rescues release their cats to cat cafes. It sounds a potentially very stressful position to put a cat in.

I think they mostly get them from breeders.

Ofthread Thu 21-Dec-17 09:45:40

Where I live there is a cat pub. Not an official cat pub but a pub with lots of cats in it. They are the most chilled out cats, they are gorgeous. They were all born there. They are not friendly cats but they tolerate stroking, they prefer to sit around in their boxes, they don’t sit on laps. I don’t think they are stressed at all.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 21-Dec-17 09:47:10

Although it sounds like a lovely idea to be able to adopt a cat from a cat café, it then means that another cat will be replacing it, causing upheaval for the current residents as they adjust to the newcomer.

TheSecondOfHerName Thu 21-Dec-17 09:48:57

Ofthread that sounds like a natural colony who happen to live in a pub, so the cats will be quite used to each other.

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