It was my birthday at the weekend so as a birthday treat I went to Manchester's cat cafe with a couple of friends. I had a great time. I'll admit that when cat cafes first became popular in this country I was a bit unsure whether they were a good idea and concerned about cat welfare. However, I have heard positive feedback from those who have visited other cafés so have been keen to visit my local cafe since it opened last year. It was wonderful with lots of cat trees, shelves, beds and places to hide at all levels plus a ceiling high walkway which goes around most of the cafe. There's also a cat flap leading to a private area so the cats don't have to be in the cafe if they dont want to. There are also rules such as not picking up cats, not bothering them when they're sleeping and not using flash photography. There is always someone on the floor keeping an eye on things and making sure the cats are ok. I was pleased to see they where enforced when necessary. Children under 10 are not allowed in during normal opening times but there was a child not much more than that who was waving a toy at a cat in a bed who was trying to sleep. He wasn't touching the cat but his parent was making only a half hearted attempt to dissuade him so a member of staff went over and politely asked him to leave the cat alone. When we got there we had to go to the reception area and they went through the rules as well as giving us a card with them on. We had to sign to say that we agreed to abide by them. My friends had to either take their shoes off or wear shoe covers. I was on my mobility scooter and there was no problem taking that in - it was fully accessible. We then went through another door into a short corridor with another door at the end. These are security doors and one can only be opened when the other was shut. I will definitely go again. Enough waffle - here are some pics.