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Feline Cafés Give Customers Their Pet Fix

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If you’re a cat person but you can’t have pets, cat cafés are coming to the rescue! Along with caffeine and a pastry, London is now seeing its first cat café, and customers are flocking to the location.

Though it’s a first in London, the concept has been around for about a decade in Japan. Many people can’t have cats due to rental rules or small spaces, so they go to a café that provides feline companionship. The cats also serve as pet therapy.

Lauren Pears, owner of London’s Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, says:

People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can’t. There’s not many places in London you can just curl up with a book and chill out with a cat or two on your lap. I think that’s what our success is down to.

So how much will it cost you to chill out with a feline friend? It’s only $8.29 for two hours with a pet, and the establishment offers coffee, tea, and food on their menu.

Dog lovers need not fear because London will be getting a dog café later this year called House of Hounds, and it sounds like cat cafés are making their way to the US by the end of the year.

Would you visit a cat or dog café?


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