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Combining Cats and Capitalism — 8 Comments

  1. I can’t wait for your interview. Now we need one in our area.. will have to do some work on that! I think that teaming up adoption with the cafes is a great idea, being sure of course that the adoptors are suitable to adopt these kitties.

  2. News: £109,510 ($140,000) through crowd funding has been raised as at 10th March 2013, according to her blog. Nice. Excellent. There is clearly a desire for a cat cafe in London. We await with some excitement and when it opens I’ll report back. I’ll try and get an interview with her.

  3. I agree that this is a win-win for cat and man both. As long as they population is kept healthy and the people aren’t hurting them. I worry about cats being overfed and such. This really could be a viable solution for cities around the world to help empty a few shelter cages. They could use the revenue to do TNR work and to provide medical treatment for poor cats/strays. I may be a bit high minded here, but: What if we required the Parliament and Congress’s of the world to include at least one cat for every 3 people in the session. Cats are bringers of peace and contentment.

    BTW: Great news. Our older nephews dog Pedro had to go live with one of the boys dads due to allergies. Now he’s back! He and their teenage-tuxie Panda are already buddies. My nephew said they are both too lazy to put up much of a fuss. 🙂 I missed the little guy. Pedro used to bite the toes on my than numb right foot (It’s better now) sending electrical shocks up my leg. It tickled so much! They finally had to pour some terrible tasting solution on my feet and he never did it again. I miss the little guy.

  4. Hi Michael,

    I like the adoption potential side of things. If that’s what it’s all about then I am 100% in favor.

    Dead opposed otherwise.

    If it’s not about the adoption potential then:

    It’s just another version of making money from “show cats”.

    Another phrase that comes to mind is animal exploitation.

    I’m not an animal rights purist for the sake of being a purist. Usually purists piss me off but this is something I’ve thought very hard about. I’m entirely against all forms of animal exploitation.

    It might seem like a good idea at first blush but if you give it some more thought, you might find that you are offended by the concept.

    Under the guise of providing a service for cat lovers, these folks are exploiting the cats just to make money. It’s not a labor of love for the cats.

    In fact, it’s not about the cats at all. Again, this is if it isn’t about adoption potential.

    All kinds of problems can happen to the cats in this situation – too many to list. But I will say that cats get freaked out easily and they could become neurotic over time if people keep coming in, creating noise and movement, then leaving. That goes double or more if children are allowed in.

    I hope the main motive isn’t for the humans.

    If it is about adoption and over time the adoption rate proves to be a success, then it may just be the best idea to come along in a long time. At least then it would benefit the cats more than anything else. Cats need a forever home.

    Does anyone know what the main motive is? I’d hate to pass judgement without knowing the number one reason for opening a cat cafe.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • I understand your view totally actually. Some part of me thinks it might still be good for the cat in general since having such places might make people take cats more seriously than before. It would, as you say, be awful to cause issues and problems for the cats who are there. At one point I was thinking no kids should be allowed. I am tempted to stick to that idea. If kids can make me nervous then I cant imagine how they are for a cat. As much as some would really love to spend time in there I think it’s better they not be allowed.

      If what the article says about adoption – which is that there should be a high turnover and cats being adopted – is true, then I thinks it’s actually a pretty darn good way of getting them adopted because people get to spend quality time with potential adoptees. Basically I can see enough plus points that I wouldn’t end it before it started but I am very aware of the point you make and I think at first sign of unhappy exploited cats it should be over with.

  5. Great – finally in London. You’d of thought they’d cotton on sooner in the worlds largest city but hey, there’s always a suprise. I’m sure more will come if it works out. East end? ‘Where’ in London is a big factor but I guess people like cats everywhere. I could see one in Covent Garden I suppose.

    There should be 2 or 3 doors to get in so nobody can escape into the awful outdoor streets of London. I can’t imagine a cat doing well out there. They really will have to match them up so no cat fights ensue but if they can do it in Japan and Austria and Australia then why not London. I’m sure there will be small issues with cats getting annoyed with each other but nothing beyond the norm. If it was a cafe with an anclosed outdoor space out back with tables and chairs and branches for cats to climb then people could even hang out in the summer. How nice! Also, I strongly hope the cats have plenty of safe quiet spots to go to and that they have an entire network up above everyone if they want to sit up in the rafters and watch. Then they will be happy no doubt. Lets hope there are adoptions.

    About insurance – surely once a person comes in through the first door into the cat decompression chamber they should be forced to sign a form saying they will be good and if they get hurt for any reason they have no possibility to sue the premises or whatever because there are some real nut jobs out there who would let their kid get scratched and then put the place out of business. A nice big legal doc protecting the cats and business before being let in with the cats I say!

    I will definitely visit this place next time I am in London – possibly at the very end of April or beginning of May. Michael, if you’d like to meet for a coffee there I’d be delighted.

    • You have covered the points nicely. I do hope they have an outdoor enclosure out the back. That is what I expect but I don’t know. Since the Olympic and even before that there is quite a lot of activity in the East End these days. “Regenerated” and “trendy” comes to mind 😉

      “Decompression chamber” (good term) – yes an absolute must for cat safety. Maybe they’ll put in a selection of cat teases and toys in the chamber so people can select one and move along. It will be interesting to see how it develops and we will see if people take to it.

      London is not England in its people. It is largely made up of “foreigners”. That may have an impact on the success of the cat cafe.

  6. I love the sound of this, it would make me want to move to London if I was younger.
    It will be interesting to read your thoughts about this cafe and how it’s doing, when you’ve checked it out Michael.
    I’d think only cat lovers would visit it and if anyone did find out they were allergic to cats then that’s good in that they wouldn’t then ever take home a cat only to have to take him back.

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