A big Parisian Bonjour to everybody!
So, last Friday, my Friend Val’s (who is a journalist for kids) and I went to an insolite place in Paris: the Cat’s Café. We arrived the day before the Grand Opening, but Margaux, the founder, was super nice and treated us like two Aristocat Duchesses.
Once arrived in this special café in le Marais, we met the lucky new tenants of the place: Crookshanks, Marguerite, Oreo and 9 of their feline buddies. It has been a few days since these 12 mischevious cats live here, with their owner Margaux Gandelon, who started the project. Inspired by the “Neko bars” in Japan (Neko means cat), she created this café where you can enjoy delicious organic treats while a cat is quietly sleeping on your laps or playing with your feet. True fact: it has been scientifically proved that a purring cat is relaxing. It is called the purring therapy! So, the cat’s café is a kind of spa-relaxing place both for the mouth and spirit. Wonderful isn’t it?
Though, while hanging out with the cats, it is important to respect some rules. “Clients have to wash their hands before petting the cats, explains Margaux. It is also forbidden to lift them, to wake them up, to feed them or to let them climb on tables”. Easy and obvious rules that won’t prevent you from enjoying a cosy moment with cats. We also noticed that it was easier to bond with the other clients of the café talking about cats and laughing about their capers.
Cats come from 3 shelters. “We chose them according to their ability to socialize, says Margaux. We needed them to get used to the place and to the clients. In the café, we have a place were they can hide and rest if they want to be quiet. And if we notice one cat has difficulties adapting, or if he becomes aggressive, we will find a host family for him where he will be happy”.
Anyways, if you are a cat-lover we recommend you to go spend a relaxing moment in this cosy café. Don’t forget to reserve, the place is really attractive!
Photos © V. Petit
The Cat’s Café aka “Le Café des Chats”, 16 rue Michel le Comte, 75003, Paris
Phone: 09 73 53 35 81
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