Cat cafes first took off in Japan 10 years ago and this is the first to set up shop in the capital city. Cat cafes became incredibly popular in Japanese cities because many single people live in small high-rises where they can’t keep pets – the cafes were a chance for feline company
Lady Dinah’s currently has eleven cats in residence, all of which were given to the establishments by people leaving the country who couldn’t take their pets with them.
While space is dominated by a cafe setting, there is also a great deal of room employed purely for people to play with cats, and to let the cats play themselves with toys. The café was established with money raised through a crowd-funding campaign on the internet, where the owner Lauren Pears racked up a massive £109,000 in donations to get it up and running.
Cat welfare in the emporium is paramount, with staff on hand who have been trained by in cat care by animal behaviorists, and the resident felines getting regular breaks away from people. It sounds a fabulously quirky venue but the set-up was not easy as the owner had to contend with figuring out how to maintain health and safety standards in a cafe serving food that is riddled with almost a dozen cats. The answer is they don’t cook food but serve an afternoon tea with yummy scones and cakes. Not to forget two floors of roaming friendly content cats.
We feel sure if you love cats when you walk out of the door of Lady Dinah’s you will be grinning like a cheshire cat yourself.