The rise in Cat Cafes in the UK

The rise in Cat Cafes in the UK

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The world's first cat café, "Cat Flower Garden", opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. The Taiwanese cat café eventually became a tourist destination, attracting tourists from Japan as well as all over the globe.

Since then, Cat cafes have been on the rise all over the globe. The first Japanese cat café opened in Osaka in 2005, and now there are said to be nearly 40 in Tokyo alone.

There are now many cat cafes in the UK which is no surprise. Out of the 13.5 million people in the UK who have a pet, 24% of us own a cat – and it’s no secret that as a nation we love cats!


By visiting a cat cafe, you will get to enjoy your coffee and snacks, and then get the opportunity to interact with feline friends. The result is that you’ll experience happiness as you play and interact with the cats. Spending time with cats offers you several therapeutic benefits, for example, reducing anxiety and stress. 

Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium was the first Cat Cafe to open in the UK in 2014, after receiving £100,000 in Crowd-funded donations. Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium is a Teahouse that is also residence to 13 adopted cats. They serve afternoon tea with their rescue felines 6 days a week! You can find Lady Dinahs in London!  

For more information and to book, visit


Recently, Megan Fletcher, our Edition Cat Journalist visited 'Maison De Moggy', Scotlands First Cat Cafe and the one and only cat cafe in Edinburgh! Megan went down to see how our feline friends were welcoming city goers during the pandemic. You can watch the interview on our social media channels.

Maison De Moggy offers a cosy, homely café experience where customers can relax in feline company whilst enjoying the purrfect cuppa!

They have 12 cats have been raised by their mum, Laura from kittens and the Maison is the fur family’s permanent home. They love the therapeutic qualities that cats can offer customers and the different personality traits displayed by the various breeds. 

Visit their website to find out more and to book.

CATS will soon be the talk of London’s West End again – but Andrew Lloyd Webber will be playing no part in its success. Java Whiskers cat café is set to make its debut on October 31st, six months after its original launch plans had to be shelved due to the pandemic. Java Whiskers already have a Cat Cafe in Stockholm. 

Java Whiskers want to create a great environment for both the cats and humans that is calm and comfortable but also very healing. The café has two primary objectives: to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its visitors and to reduce the rate of cat homelessness.

Tobias Larsson (one of three Java Whiskers owners) said:  “We do feel our unique concept of service will be of even greater importance now. The holistic mental wellbeing benefits of spending time with cats has been widely documented. So we are delighted we can offer this service to our guests very soon.

And we’ve gone above and beyond to make our café COVID-friendly and taken every possible safety measure to give you that peace of mind when you visit us!”

You can find Java Whiskers in Marylebone, London. Visit their website for more details and to book.

There is some controversy around Cat Cafes… are they good for the cats welfare?

In the UK, the RSPCA and Cats Protection both have their concerns with large numbers of cats living together. 

In many cat cafes, there are “human-free” areas for the cats to go and have some time themselves and chill out and if you know cats, you know that if they don’t want to be stroked or around people they will walk away.

It is best to keep a clear and open mind, read reviews of any particular cat cafe you are going to be visiting and judge for yourself.

If you fancy a cuppa and some cuddles - Visit one of the above Cat Cafes if they are near you or you are ever in the area. If not check out if there is a cat cafe near you. 

Cat Cuddles, Coffee and Cake - The team here at Edition Cat can't think of a better combination!

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