Bournemouth’s Cat Cafe now open

Pause Cat Cafe

The South’s first cafe is open to the public where you can get food and drink whilst enjoying the company of furry felines

The Pause Cat Cafe has stirred up much anticipation, gaining attention through a crowdfunding page and its unique quality as the tenth cat cafe in the UK.

Bookings have been available since late January and yesterday was the grand opening to the public.

Customers will be able to book slots for £5 an hour to spend time with the 12 rescue cats, the first of which arrived in early December and are called Clifford, Liquorice and Bear.

The funds will cover the cost of caring for the cats who have been badly treated or were homeless but who now can enjoy the toys and napping areas in the cafe.

It has been a long journey for the founder, Jaya Da Costa, who set up a crowdfunding page in November to help her with the £25,000 she needed to launch the cafe on Old Christchurch Road.

Following a three-month long battle, and partly thanks to the efforts of BU and AUB students who held a Cats-themed flash mob in the town square, it is finally up and running.

It also gives you the chance to enjoy locally-sourced vegan and vegetarian food, including falafel and chickpea burgers.

Their ethos is promoting kindness through animal welfare and on their website they invite you to experience the serenity of being surrounded by cats which they say enhances your mood and relieves stress.

Jaya Da Costa, said:

Some of the cats have been through traumatic experiences. We think we’re providing a nice environment for the cats but we also have back up homes for any cats that would probably do better in a family environment

Cat cafes originally started in Japan in the 90’s but the craze has since spread around the globe.