Paris opens up its first cat café
We brought you the news recently that London’s first cat café was soon going to open but it looks as though our neighbours down south have already beaten us to it. Paris’s first cat café opened up recently offers relaxation and tranquillity as well as a nice cup of coffee.
The new café has been named the Café Des Chats and has opened up in the Marais district. It is home to a dozen stray and abandoned cats that have been rescued across the city from a number of rescue centres.
The establishment has been started to attract Parisians who are unable to keep pets in cramped city apartments and although the idea seems crazy, the manager Margaux Gandelon says that there are real benefits to “purr therapy”.
She commented that "Purring produces vibrations which relieve arthritis and rheumatism, which lower your blood pressure and your heartbeat," She is hoping that those with arthritis and rheumatism problems will enjoy the feline companionship.
Already it has proved a huge hit and on the opened weekend there were huge queues along the pavement and bookings which last until November. Up to 300 potential customers were turned away over the weekend.
Gandelon has already stated that there will be strict rules and that any customers that cause the cats stress will be barred though she is a little more lenient with the animal residents. “Cats are cats” she commented.
One such resident is Habby who suffers from feline dwarfism and has a stunted tail and usually short paws. She spent two years with foster families but was never adopted until now.
Source: The Guardian