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OMG OMG OMG YOU GUYZ!!! They are opening a cat cafe in London!
Apparently this is a Thing in Japan, along with bunny cafes. The concept is simple: it's a regular cafe, with coffee and pastries and things, but inside are a bunch of friendly cats who will come up and interact with the guests. Anyway, recognizing a niche (because apparently a lot of people in London live in apartments and can't have pets - any Londoners want to comment on whether or not that's accurate?), entrepreneur Lauren Pears started a fundraiser on Indiegogo, was successful, and is now opening one herself :) According to the Indiegogo site, the cats are all adopted (presumably from shelters), and some of the start-up costs include appropriate medical care for the cats, a cat play area, and adequate time for the cats to settle in and get comfortable before being inundated with people, so it definitely sounds like it's a good deal for the animals at least.
The responses I've seen so far have been fairly polarized - either this is the BEST THING EVAR, OMG or the idea of cats shedding in your coffee and poking their noses into your éclairs strikes you as fairly gross. (Oddly, from what I've seen, allergies do not necessarily affect which side you fall on - several of my friends with cat allergies have responded with enthusiastic variations on IT WOULD BE WORTH IT!!!)
Personally, I have two cats at home. One is madly in love with my husband; the other is madly in love with my roommate. Both ignore me. So I get all the cat hair in my food, etc., without all the affection - so yeah, I'd totally be there if this opened anywhere near me!
Open Thread! Would you go to a cat cafe if there were one in your area? Why or why not? Are you a cat person, a dog person, an iguana person, a person person, etc.? What "cat-friendly" features would a cafe like this have to have for you to be confident the cats were happy with the arrangement? Are there any businesses in your area that have "kitty greeters"?
Monday Reminder! While I have fun coming up with pretty pictures and/or interesting “prompt” questions for open threads, you aren’t limited to those! These threads are open - go wild, talk about whatever moves you! (Just remember that this is still a safe space, please!)