As I’ve said before in my 10 ‘fun’ facts about me post, I really like cats. It was my Birthday the other week and one of my good friends/housemates got me a trip to the Cat Cafe in Manchester with my boyfriend as a present. I was so excited.
So basically my friend booked it for us online, so that was an hour pre paid which was £12 per person. The good thing was that all drinks were included and you could have as many as you wanted, and they had a really good variety. You could also buy cakes and cookies etc for a little bit extra, and if you wanted to stay longer they just added £1 per 5 minutes onto your bill.
So the experience started off with us entering the reception-type area where we were given a little card that said how long we could stay for (unless we wanted to pay extra which was fine).
We were then told the rules which are:
- You cannot wake a cat if it is sleeping.
- You also are not allowed to pick cats up or feed them any food that is not provided by Cat Café.
- Do not use flash photography.
- High heeled shoes are prohibited (even with shoe covers).
- Entry to children under the age of 10 is not allowed.
- Only 2 people can play with a cat at a time.
We were also told to put shoe covers on or to take our shoes off (we took ours off).
After we put or shoes in the lockers provided we went through a door where the actual cats were. I’m not going to lie, I expected a lot more cats to be walking around however I agree with the fact that they allow the cats to go wherever they want and whenever.
They had sofas placed around the cafe along with small tables and floor cushions, and just normal tables and chairs which made the vibe very relaxed and almost like a living room in your own home.
In my opinion you could tell that the cats were used to being stroked and played with so they weren’t overly loving and as I said there weren’t many cats walking around meaning there weren’t many to actually stroke with the 2 people per cat rule.
The staff were really nice and you could tell they cared about the cats which was nice to see.
All in all I really enjoyed the experience as it was a nice day therefore it was relaxing, the only downside was that I adore cats and there just weren’t many to stroke or get to know, and when there was you couldn’t anyway because they were asleep and you’re not allowed to disturb them.
I would definitely go just to experience it and I think it was such a good present idea, I just feel like because it was raved about so much that my expectations were higher. I definitely think people should check it out especially for the price with drinks included, and if you have no other way to get some cat loving like me as I’m at uni and don’t see my cat very often then it’s a good way to cheer yourself up a bit.
Let me know what your thoughts are if you’ve been to a cat cafe before!