“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ― Jean Cocteau

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

York is set to open up its first cat cafe, and we can't wait

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Well, it's fair to say that the world isn't really lacking on cat cafes, recent years has seen them become the next big thing, and we're not complaining about it.
The most recent of cities to follow the hype is, of course, York. The quirky, fun city, that we're honestly surprised hasn't adopted a cat cafe sooner.

It has been eagerly awaited, with many, just like us, questioning what took the unique city so long to catch on. Named The Cat Whiskers, it will be located in a three-story, Grade II listed building, sitting on Goodramgate.

If you're not aware of what a cat cafe is, it's exactly (if not better) than what you thought. At cat cafes, you enjoy all the benefits of eating at a cafe, with one little twist; there are cats freely swanning around. We couldn't think of anything better, to be honest.

What this means is, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a bite to eat, while stroking multiple different cats. Humans love it, cats love it, and it supports local business.

So, who is behind the much-anticipated cat cafe in York? Her name is Lily Cole, and she expects her creation to be open for business in mid-April. So, the waiting is very nearly over. She said: "Cat caf├ęs started in Japan. I visited ones in this country purely for pleasure.

I thought one would be perfect for York. It’s the perfect city for one, with all the tourists, locals and students."

She has planned to create a cat cafe for years, searching for the right premises since 2016. It has been her passion, despite her day-job being in a police control room. She stated that she wants the cat cafe to become a safe haven and a place that people can escape from the general wear and tears of life. 

"We deal with a lot of mental health issues. The job, and the pressures of the job, have certainly affected me sometimes.

I’ve always found a great comfort in having my cats at home. You can come home, relax and sit with a purring cat next to you.

It’s all about relaxing, unwinding and that feeling of calmness.

I’m aiming for a very calm and relaxing environment, very peaceful, and people can just spend time enjoying their company."

As for the cats, you don't have to worry about them. If they need time away from the public, they have their own room that they can retreat to. We all have unsociable days. It will cost about £7 an hour to enjoy the luxury of a cat cafe, as well as the price of refreshments. 

Her priority will be the cat's welfare, stating that no children under the age of 10 will be allowed in, and a limited amount of visitors at once. 

In case you weren't already sold; Lily is working with Cats Rescue and Welfare Trust. This gives cats a chance to live in a loving home, and people to enjoy their company. 

We're super excited to see the opening of The Cat's Whiskers, will you be visiting? 

If you want more information on the opening of this delightful cafe, make sure to check out the full interview on YorkMix.


1 comment:

  1. If I find myself in the area, I would def like to visit this cafe! It sounds awesome!


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