The South’s first Cat Cafe has chosen World Cat Day - Friday 17th February - as their first official day of operation as a fully-fledged cat cafe.

Customers are encouraged to book a space at Pause on the website www.pausecatcafe.com where they can choose slots of an hour or more to spend time with the cafe’s six cats and enjoy freshly prepared food and drink in a relaxed setting.

The cafe will be the South’s first cat cafe, with the closest cafe of its type in London.  Bournemouth residents are already excited about spending time with cats, the cafe reports enquiries at least daily from people wanting to visit. “Finally, we can tell them a date!” says cafe founder, Jaya Da Costa. Converting the building to a kitty paradise has taken almost 4-months, and now that it’s complete, we need to give our feline companions time to acclimatise to their new environment and to each other.  We’re settling them in gently.”

Bookings are available in a minimum of one-hour slots, at a cost of £5 per person per hour and there will be a limit on how many customers are allowed in the venue at one time, giving an intimate experience with the furry bundles of joy.

Initially, the cafe will only be open upstairs; this is to make sure all the cats are comfortable and Pause can observe their behaviour around customers. This also means for the first few weeks customers will have an even more unforgettable experience, enjoying a more intimate and tranquil setting.

The long awaited opening comes after months of refurbishing a letting agents on Old Christchurch Road, transforming the space into a kitty-haven. Some key changes include; two cat only rooms featuring micro-chipped private bedrooms for each cat, a double door entry system and the addition of an accessible toilet.

The cats are looked after full-time by trained veterinary nurses. The cafe was partly funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign, the results of which can be seen in the special touches around the cafe; the cat wheel, the abundance of cat grass, the array of cat games and of course the cats themselves.  Their home wouldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support of the public.

All bookings are done via the cafe’s website and can be made in a minimum of one hour slots. The cafe is available for private hire, which can also be booked via the website.

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