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UK's first cat cafe to open in London

Published: 12:41PM Monday February 25, 2013 Source: ONE News

The UK's first cat cafe will open in London soon, British newspaper The Independent has reported.

Entrepreneur Lauren Pears says the cafe, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, will feature 10 to 15 cats, which customers will be able to play with while they sip their coffee or tea.

"London is one of the biggest, liveliest and most diverse cities in the world. If something exists you can probably get it there. But there's one thing that lots of people living in London can't have - a kitty," Pears said in a video on crowd-funding website Indiegogo.

Pears says the conditions that make cat cafes so popular in Tokyo are all applicable to London as well: small apartments, landlords that don't allow pets and long working hours.

Her video prompted the public to donate 100,000 pounds for the venue for the cafe and Pears says she is looking at prospective sites now.

There will be a cover charge to enter the Cat Emporium, which Pears says will help prevent the cats from getting too stressed.

"That way, people can stay as long as they like without feeling like they're against the clock, which works for the cats because it takes cats a little time to get used to people," she told The Independent.

Pears says she has already received hundreds of job applications from people wanting to work in her cafe.

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