Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­

SYD­NEY al­ready has the de­light­ful Cafe Bones cater­ing for dogs and their hu­man own­ers and now Mel­bourne looks set to have its very own cat cafe.

Cat cafes al­ready ex­ist in Europe and Ja­pan and a cam­paign was re­cently launched to raise funds for the fi rst cat cafe Down Un­der.

Once es­tab­lished, the Mel­bourne cafe will show­case about eight cats from a lo­cal shel­ter to raise aware­ness of shel­ter an­i­mals.

The goal will be to fi nd lov­ing homes for the cats.

Health and safety laws pro­hibit the pres­ence of cats in the ac­tual cafe area so cus­tomers will be able to ob­serve the cats through a glass wall and go into a sep­a­rate area to play with the an­i­mals.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Cat Cafe Mel­bourne project, go to indiegogo. com.

Closer to home, cat lovers are in­vited to en­joy an ex­hi­bi­tion of quirky cat draw­ings at the Inka Gallery at Sala­manca Place.

Artist Felicity Ed­wards’ ex­hi­bi­tion Meow is on un­til Fe­bru­ary 5.

Fe­line stars Xena and Marvin are the in­spi­ra­tion for the draw­ings. Two years ago, the two cats were part of a strug­gling feral fam­ily but are now de­sexed and liv­ing in the lux­ury of warm beds and comfy chairs.

For more de­tails visit Inka or email fe­lic­i­tyed­wards@big­

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