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‘Can I have a catppuccino, please?’ Moggies and mochas at cafe

After the success of venture in Sweden, company is bidding to bring the idea to Fitzrovia

09 August, 2019 — By Briony Pickford

‘The business will work with local cat shelters to reduce cat homelessness and provide an opportunity for people who visit the café to actually adopt the cats’, the proposal states

A CAT café offering hot drinks and “animal-assisted therapy” sessions could be coming to Great Paw-land Street.

Java Whiskers Ltd is looking to open up a home for cats in former Fitzrovia offices following success in Stockholm, Sweden.

Cat lovers book a time slot ahead of their visit when they can have a coffee and a sandwich while interacting with the cats that live in the building.

A planning application to take over three floors of 105 Great Portland Street has been submitted to Westminster Council.

According to the application: “It is now well documented that spending time and interacting with animals reduces loneliness and stress, decreases anxiety, reduces blood pressure, and generally improves an individual’s mental health conditions.

“It allows visitors to relax and enjoy leisure time with the cats, which responds to the growing trend of animal assisted therapy for mental health and wellbeing purposes”.”

It added: “The café has two primary objectives: to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its visitors and to reduce the rate of cat homelessness.”

The applications says the business will work with local cat shelters to reduce cat homeless­ness and provide an opportunity for people who visit the café to actually adopt the cats.

However, you can’t just order a latte, pick your cat and leave; the adoption process requires a description of your home life and then asks you to attend an interview from which they will decide if you are a good fit for the cat.

The café’s design includes elevated shelves and walkways as well as “quiet time” and escape spaces.

The basement floor of the building will be converted into a “private cat room” where they will be fed and a quarantine room to provide for cats with special needs.

The ground floor will provide a cat lounge, reception and shop.

The application says that the café “…is complementary to the existing retail and other main town centre uses along Great Portland Street, and is reflective of the diversifica­tion and innovation that is occurring throughout Westminster’s town centres and high streets”.

There have not yet been any objections or comments on the application, which was submitted two weeks ago.

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