How is this cat cafe different from others around the world .ie. Japan?
This cat cafe was inspired by the Asian cat cafes. The owner Lauren spend numerous years over in Japan and decided that London needed an equally good cat cafe! I have been to cat cafes in Japan, HK and Thailand and the base idea is pretty much the same. What I do find is that this cat cafe is one of the TOP ones in regards to looking after their animals and ensuring that they have enough places to hide and plenty of toys to play with. Their staff also makes sure that the cats don’t get mistreated by customers which can easily happen if you don’t have enough staff to keep an eye on things. We have been to a not so good cat cafe in Japan before there only one member of staff was looking after the cats… So this one is much better organised. 🙂
Do the cats seem happy? They seem relaxed.
I wonder if any have reacted badly with some customers?
How clean is the cafe?
It is very clean. Of course there are cat toys around the whole place and you may find cat hair on the floor haha. But the staff constantly cleans the tables to ensure that they are clean and you can eat on them.
If you’re eating, can a cat jump up on the table or beg?
Is the food is good?
Do the cats only get dry kibble to eat?
Do you wash your hands before and after petting the cats?
Are there brushes for grooming?
What kinds of toys?
Does a vet visit or are the cats taken to a clinic?
Must admit that I don’t know if the vet comes in or if they take them to a vet! I do know that all of them are insured and well taken care of. Was discussing with one of them the other day about their care and she was saying that the vet instructed them to keep an eye on the weight of one of their kitties hehe.
Do you think the cat cafe is viable business model?
I strongly believe it is! If you look around the world cat cafes are generally booked out many days in advance or you have to queue for a long time to get in. People also love the idea of petting and seeing cats while enjoying a nice cup of tea or a slice of cake. This is especially good for people that can’t have a cat due to the lack of space or even those with allergies and that therefore can’t have a cat for long periods of times around.
Might there be a franchise?
An interesting question. In a way I think there could be, but the danger is that it could turn into a chain and lose their individual charm. If someone was to start up a franchise I think it would be important for each place to be unique and that the people working there genuinely want to work there. One of the things that is important for me when going to a cat cafe is being able to tell that the people working there LOVE cats and CARE for them!