Purr-fect spot

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FRANCE’S first “cat café” opened re­cently in Paris with an in-house troupe of nine res­cue cats ready and wait­ing to be made a fuss of by cat­lov­ing cus­tomers.

Al­ready pop­u­lar in Tokyo where there are dozens, cat cafés al­low cus­tomers who can­not have a pet at home to en­joy a cup of some­thing hot with a purring cat perched on their knees.

Mar­gaux Gan­de­lon, the woman be­hind the new Café des Chats in Paris’s trendy Marais dis­trict, says the cats were carefully se­lected for their so­cial skills and stresses that hy­giene and their wel­fare are her top pri­or­i­ties.

“My cats are free all day and all night,” she says.

Cindy En­gel from Stras­bourg vis­ited the cafe ahead of its open­ing for a pre­view.

The 31-year-old wel­comed the con­cept say­ing it en­cour­aged her to in­ter­act with other peo­ple rather than elec­tronic de­vices.

“The cats al­low us to not al­ways be con­nected to our mo­biles. What’s more, they cre­ate so­cial con­nec­tions,” she says.

“In­stead of typ­ing on our com­put­ers while drink­ing a cof­fee, we talk about cats to our neigh­bours,” she adds.

Not ev­ery­one, how­ever, is con­vinced.

“It’s a good ex­pe­ri­ence, but eat­ing with cats is not my thing,” says Ed­ward Chris­mars, adding that he was just there to please a friend.

“It’s all right to have them sit­ting on the sofa, that’s OK, but they can’t jump on the ta­ble or eat from my plate. It’s not hy­gienic!” he says. – AFP

at the café des chats in Paris, one can sip tea in the com­pany of cats. – aFP

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