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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Cat Cafe, Jun 18, 2018.


  1. Cat Cafe

    Cat Cafe PetForums Newbie

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    What do you think about Cat Cafes? Have you ever visited one and which one was it? How would you describe your experience there?
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Hate the concept tbh
     
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    Babyshoes PetForums Senior

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    I can see the attraction for the general public, but knowing what I do now about cats, I'm not convinced it's a great life for them.

    That said, I think the ones which act as rehoming centres for rescues are a probably better than a bunch of sterile enclosures, and gives the cats a chance to interact with potential adopters in a slightly more natural, relaxed environment.
     
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    The one in Newcastle was brilliant, the cats were all very happy and I believe it has led to numerous adoptions
     
  5. Orla

    Orla PetForums Senior

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    The one near me also operates as a rehoming centre. The kitties are well looked after, well socialised, have an amazing area to run around and play in, and can get out of the way of guests easily if they want to. There are also a lot of strict rules about visitors not picking up the cats, etc. I think if it helps kitties become more confident with people and find new homes then it is a good thing as long as the welfare of the animals come first.
     
  6. Ceiling Kitty

    Ceiling Kitty Hides away from much through humour...

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    Not a fan. I don't like the idea of keeping unrelated cats from different social groups in an enclosed space together.
     
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    I see the opinions vary, but either way thank you for sharing it, keep it coming :)
     
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    Living in a remote area I don't encounter such things, but have mixed thoughts based purely on reading up on them. Yes, anything that helps with rehoming could be good but always the risk of a spur of the moment decision rather than the long debate it should be, but it all seems a bit shallow to me, pop in and have a coffee and ooh and aah at the dear little kitties, then go off and forget about them. Bit like lunch in the zoo? As I said I really don't know much about them sp please correct me if I have the wrong impression
     
  9. Shrike

    Shrike Brooke's faithful manservant

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    They started out in Japan as so many people there live in flats where pets are not allowed. So it was a way for cat lovers to get some interaction with cats and help the cats too. It spread to major cities like London and Amsterdam where the same would be true. Though now they seem to be more general - there is one here in Nottingham for example. So long as the cats have plenty of places to escape to and are well cared for I don't see a problem.
     
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    urbantigers PetForums VIP

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    I’ve been to the Manchester one and loved it. They are mostly pedigrees and they attempt to choose social breeds that enjoy human companionship and generally get on with other cats. The cafe was very spacious with lots of places for the cats to get away from other cats or people, including off ‘show’. None of the cats seemed stressed to me. I think it’s important there are plenty of trained staff who can see if a cat does not cope well and recognise that maybe it’s not the right environment for that individual. When I went there was an adorable Siamese kitten who was having a ball and loving the attention. The number of people allowed in at any one time was carefully controlled which I think is important.

    I used to be opposed to the idea in general but I think they can work if done right and they choose the right cats.
     
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    Just to add - we were given strict instructions on the way in not approach sleeping cats and staff did intervene when one family started waving toys at a cat trying to get 40 winks
     
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    Can’t see any problem with them as long as they are well thought out and run properly the welfare of the cats should always be paramount.
     
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  14. Cat Cafe

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    Actually they started out in Taiwan, world's first cat café "Cat Flower Garden is located in Taipei ;) Then cat cafes spreaded out to Japan next I believe.
     
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    The one near me opened recently and it works as a rehoming point. It's run by a family with years of experience in cat rescue and it's quite strict about visiting the cat enclosure, which is actually really well set up. It has lots of climbing options, a real tree, hidey holes, windows and perches and lots of toys. I hate the idea of a cat living there long term, but as a temporary option to give people the opportunity to meet potential adoptees it's good. Nothing beats a real home though!
     
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    Not exactly, because these cats can be adopted in most cases
     
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    I went to one a few times where I am in Eastern Europe. It served two purpose, to introduce cats to potential adopters and to allow people who love cats but for whatever reason do not currently have one to visit with cats.

    The cats all were adoptable and had come from local shelters. I imagine they picked social cats.
    The cats had a cat flap into the back of the building for toileting and if they wanted to get away from the cafe area.
    There was a nice long window seat, that allowed for sunbathing. Lots of baskets, places to climb etc.

    As a visitor it was nice to see the kitty's but make sure you provide good coffee, tea etc and snacks. I was a bit disappointed in the fare but seeing cats when I did not have one was great.
    Post rules on a board in the entrance way.
     
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    anachronism PetForums VIP

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    One opened not so long ago in my city and I thought about going but the wondered why I would pay for the privilege of trying to have tea and cake with cats about when I can do it at home :D
     
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    Never been to one. I think it has to be managed very well so cats are only out for a short time period.

    It would be ideal to rehome the oldies but must be not at the health and well being of the mogs
     
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    Personally I feel it’s a way forward to rehoming rescue cats. You wouldn’t feel committed to adopting by just enjoying their company and them yours but I ferl the idea of cat cafes is just an extension to a rescue centre! These cats will enjoy human company for hours of every day instead of being penned up in a rescue with the odd visitor and the volunteers for company. Rescues do the most fantastic work but sadly have very limited resources. If this might prove to be a way forward and take the pressure off rescue centres then I’m all for it. selecting the right cats is key.
     
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