There is a cat café in Canada Small Things, in Sudbury, Ont., which is a book and gift shop designed mostly to match up homeless cats and new owners. And the cat cafés of Tokyo specialize in designer purebreds, cats with labels and attitude.
The planned hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. might adjust if the cats don’t like them, she told the Star. Staff will have a “quick chat” with children who have no experience with cats so that a wagging tail isn’t mistaken for friendliness. Cats, which will have their own living space, will be socialized first at the Mayhew shelter and undergo regular health inspections.
“It’s one of the reasons why I’d like to open a cat café. It would be nice to have one again.”
Pears has a spot in the Shoreditch district in east London she’s hoping to use for the café; it’s in a tech-heavy part of the city and near the Google campus. In fact, she’s hoping Google will be one of the angel investors that will augment her fundraising through the Indiegogo crowdsource site.
The local councils have approved of the idea in principle and Pears knows the food safety inspector requirements. If they meet their Indiegogo goal of $ 172,000 by Feb. 15 and find a spot to rent, they hope to be open in April or May.