One of the biggest crazes to hit the food world last year was the introduction of the Cat Cafe. Yes, believe it or not, today you can enjoy a cup of tea or cake surrounded by the beautiful, furry cat. If you’re animal lovers like the GB team, then spending time around cute little animals has to be one of the best ways to relax. Last month, Liverpool announced that it was to have its very own cat cafe opening in early 2018 in the city centre, following in the paws of neighbouring city, Manchester. We thought we’d take a look at why these Cat Cafes have become so popular and an insight into their everyday life…
How it works...
You and drink, surrounded by cats. It’s a simple as that. The cats live in the cafe and are looked after by a team of extremely attentive staff who are on hand throughout your visit. You'll experience shapes, sizes, colours and temperaments during your visit and you’re sure to make some feline friends in no time at all.
Where are the cats from?
Cats come from a variety of places - with the majority of them coming from rescue centres who the cat cafes work with. Although those cats that may have been mistreated might not be allowed into the cafe as it might not be the right environment for them, given the circumstances. All cats who live there are ones who are affectionate, well socialised and need a lot of attention.
The business model
There’s two ways in which the cat cafe operate; one is pay by hour, where you can eat and drink as much as you like all for a specific cost. The other is to simply pay for the items that you purchase - there’s no time limit, so you can stay as long as you like with your furry companions. The money made is put back into looking after the premises and the cats, and any profit is generally spent on re-homing any cat and bringing them into the cafe.
If you’re visiting, you must abide by the rules which include no waking up cats that are sleeping, no feeding them, no picking thems, up, washing hands before touching the cats, not using flash photography and no access to those under the age of 10.
If you’d love to visit, check out the Manchester Cat Cafe here. Let us know what you think of the cat cafe over on Twitter #GBLOVES