This seems to be a variation on the cat café. It certainly seems to have been inspired by the cat café but it is not going to work. The idea is that people can go to the cinema and watch a film with a cat on their lap which they can pet etc..
This is the brainchild of Paula Siedlecka, 25, and William Piper, 24, who say it will provide therapy to people suffering from mental health problems, serious illness or learning difficulties.
This is pie in the sky as far as I am concerned but I don’t wish to pour scorn on the idea (but I am!). I just want to be realistic. Or am I being too negative and cynical?
There are several issues from the outset. The first is that you have to select rescue cats who are dedicated lap cats and of course highly socialised. Not all cats are lap cats. Even then they are asking cats to go onto the lap of a stranger, in the dark, and stay there for quite a long time. This I find very unlikely to happen.
Also, as mentioned, it will be dark in the cinema. We can’t expect cats to be in the dark all the time. That would be cruel. Further, as it is dark in a cinema, it would stimulate the cat’s desire to hunt as cats are crepuscular. They hunt in the dark and at dusk and dawn. A hunting cat is not going to want to sit on someone’s lap but it will keep the mice population down and rats away. Great.
If a cinemagoer wanted to find a cat to place on their lap, how are they doing to do it in the dark? Perhaps they’ll have a room off the auditorium where the cats are and visitors can carry a cat back to their seat and place the cat on their lap. This won’t work. Cats don’t like to be ‘told what to do’. We all know that even people who don’t care for a cat. Cats are independent-minded creatures. That’s one of their attractions.
Also cinemas have no windows. Even if the cats are kept in another room it is likely to be windowless. This is unacceptable from a cat welfare point of view.
Finally, if cats are wandering around a cinema in the dark you are liable to trip over one and break your neck.
Source: London Evening Standard.