One particular animal trend is taking the world by storm: petting cafés. With an increasing amount of landlords refusing pets in their properties but with rising evidence that the presence of animals reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mental well being, the cafés of furry residents are incredibly popular all over the world.
The first petting café in London with feline friends, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, was certainly the most demanded as it is was entirely sourced through a crowdfunding website and opened to a two month waiting list to get in! Lady Dinah’s is the cat café most committed to the well being of the cats in comparison to other pet cafés in London. They only take mixed-breed rescue cats or even those they find abandoned on their doorstep and have built up a genuine family of cats with diverse personalities. The cats are never split up and are allowed to live together as a family for as long as they are happy to do so. Their personalities are respected as they are not ever forced to play or take affection. Lady Dinah’s can be visited for tea and sweet treats or sandwiches on any particular day you are able to get a booking but they are also exceedingly popular for their high teas and available to hire out entirely.
Yokohama Subtropical Tea Japan also lets you pet animals while you sip your tea— except no resident there is furry. This petting café has a wide range of up to thirty different reptiles, the most popular of which being lizards and turtles. Though the reptiles are in a non-natural environment to be observed, the tortoise family at the back of the café can roam free behind a fence where customers tend to pet them.
Also in Japan, are a number of rabbit petting cafés, the most popular of which beingUsagi Café Ohisama (meaning ‘rabbit sun café) where plenty of people are going for some light refreshments and time with the rabbits. Many visitors say their fascination with the petting café is due to wanting a pet of their own but the compact housing and strict renting regulations prevent them so they spend a lot of time returning to the petting cafés regularly.
If you’re more of a dog person then don’t worry. Though there are no dog cafés in England yet, not since the Sausage Dog Café and House of Hounds plans fell through but you can certainly crowdfund some others in the hope that you, too, can pop out for some petting in your local area to get your fix of animals!