Swedes love their pets – cats, dogs, furry rodents, you name it. And, while dogs are often seen on public transport and increasingly welcome in offices, it’s a rare day indeed when you’ll see someone bring their cat to work – and even rarer to see an animal in a restaurant or café. The Cat Corner is about to change all that.
A German schooled in the UK and now married to a Swede, Dirk Lüders is a self-described pet person and is set to open Sweden’s very first cat café. Yet is there really a need for a cat café? Apparently yes.
According the The Cat Corner’s Facebook page, the idea is to create a space for catless humans and humanless cats to meet, hangout, and enjoy each other’s company, while also raising awareness around the estimated 150,000 homeless cats in Sweden. Lüders says he hopes to encourage the adoption of cats from no-kill shelters in both Sweden and across the globe.
Lüders got the idea from a friend who had set up a cat café in Oldham, northern England, and realised the concept would work in Sweden as well. In Stockholm the acceptance of the presence of pets in restaurants is slow-going, and there are no cafés or restaurants where pets are an integral part of the concept.
For the bargain price of 115 Swedish kronor per hour, visitors are welcome to spend as much time as they want with the cats, while helping themselves to unlimited coffee and tea. There will also be a selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes, as well as salads for sale, and partnerships with various like-minded enterprises are planned.