Diatribe: How Clean Can A Cat Café Really Be?
We enjoy having friends over for dinner. Planning a Saturday evening meal gives me something to look forward to throughout the week and it’s always fun to use the “good china”. One couple has hosted us at their house but we haven’t been able to reciprocate because one of them has allergies.
And we have a cat.
Many people are extremely allergic to animal dander, particularly that of housecats, and certainly don’t want to eat around the animals. But a new establishment in Bethnal Green, east of London, is counting on animal lovers across the capital to embrace Britain’s first ever ‘cat café’ where customers can enjoy a cup of coffee in the company of several felines.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors yesterday morning to only a handful of waiting customers hoping to enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees while stroking eleven resident cats and kittens named Adamska, Artemis, Biscuit, Carbonelle, Donnie, Indiana, Loki, Mue, Petra, Romeo and Wookie.
Cat cafes are very popular in Taiwan, China and Japan, with more than one hundred operating in Tokyo, for example, where many landlords don’t allow pets.
“If something exists you can probably get it in London, but there’s one thing that lots of people living in London can’t have … a kitty.” – Lauren Pears, self-confessed ‘crazy cat lady’ and owner of Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.
This seems to me like eating lunch in a pet store. I can close my eyes and imagine that it smells more like cats that sandwiches and that the animals are spoiled and lazy. I’m not allergic to cats but I don’t want them near my food. I’m surprised that there aren’t health codes that keep this many animals out of London’s restaurants. How clean can a cat café really be?
The café is decorated in a vintage Victorian theme and is supposed to fill a void for which coffee-loving cat loving Londoners will pay a premium. Customers can also buy a selection of gifts and souvenirs to remember their visit.
I’m thinking they might want to buy them fast because Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium might not be around for very long.
Would you enjoy a “cat café”?
UPDATE 03/06/14 – Cat Café Opens To Two-Month Waiting List!
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