It is ironic or is that the wrong word. It is certainly a bit bizarre when a vandal or vandals daub across the shutters of London’s most famous cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, the words “Free the Cats”.
Somebody thinks that the cats at the cat café are prisoners. Or they believe that the cats are in a place similar to a cat shelter from whence they happen to have come (the cats at the café were selected from shelter cats). Perhaps the person who did this felt the cats were imprisoned and used. Anyway….
It’s ironic because before the cats were rescued and placed in a cat shelter they were free, free of a cat owner because for whatever reason they were unwanted or uncared for.
Therefore a cat who is free must be a feral or stray cat which is not the right state of affairs for a domestic cat. A domestic cat needs to live with a human who looks after him. That does not mean he is not free it just means that he is living with somebody by mutual agreement.
Let’s just say that the graffiti is misguided or do you agree with the sentiments expressed in the graffiti? What’s nice is that the owners of this well-known cat café, which was started off with a crowd funding campaign securing £109,000, have decided to try and find an aspiring artist with talent who can create a mural over the graffiti on the shutter which protects the frontage of this café.
That’s turning a negative into a positive which I like. If an artist comes forward and (s)he is selected, after he has created the work he’ll receive a years free VIP access to the Emporium.
Story from the Evening Standard.