France’s first “cat cafe” opens on Saturday in Paris with an in house troupe of nine rescue cats ready and waiting to be made a fuss of by cat-loving customers.
Already popular in Tokyo where there are dozens, cat cafes 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 Cafe 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.
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.
Not everyone, however, was convinced.