Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, London's first 'cat cafe', is a hit with feline fans in east London. Tara Cleary reports.
REPORTER: It's not hard to guess who's the cat's whiskers in this café. Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London opened its doors on March 1st and is already fully booked until the end of June. Customers pay five pounds, around $8 U.S. dollars, to stroke and cuddle the resident felines for up to two hours.
CHARLOTTE ALLMANT, CUSTOMER: "I absolutely adore cats. So when I heard that this cat cafe was happening I was so excited so I got it as a Christmas present."
CHRISTY MCCORMICK, CUSTOMER: "I thought that it would be really, really cool to just hang out with loads and loads of cats which it totally is."
REPORTER: Co-owner Anna Kogan says her cat-loving clients come from all walks of life.
ANNA KOGAN, CO-OWNER OF LADY DINAH'S CAT EMPORIUM: "The idea is that you can come, have a peaceful lunch, high tea and be surrounded by cats. Occasionally you'll catch them in a very wild mood and if you're lucky one of them will fall asleep on your lap."
REPORTER: The café has 11 cats and Kogan says they're not hard to find.
ANNA KOGAN, CO-OWNER OF LADY DINAH'S CAT EMPORIUM: "We didn't really have to look for cats because unfortunately in UK and most countries there is plenty of unwanted animals and all these cats would have ended up in shelters."
REPORTER: Britons share more than 3.8 million online photos and videos of cats every day. And even though customers are wild about these animals, sometimes the cats just want to chill.
1. If something is the cat's whiskers, it's the best thing, person, idea, etc. • He thinks he's the cat's whiskers (= he has a high opinion of himself).
2. To hang out with someone is to spend time relaxing or enjoying oneself. • Musicians like to hang out with their own kind.
3. A walk of life is a person’s occupation or position within society. • The courses attracted people from all walks of life.
4. If you are wild about something, you are very enthusiastic or excited about it. • I’m not wild about their music.