Norfolk to host first pop up cat cafe

PUBLISHED: 13:05 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 12 October 2018

Teddy the therapy cat. Pictured with owners Caroline Graham and her daughter Paris Miller. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Teddy the therapy cat. Pictured with owners Caroline Graham and her daughter Paris Miller. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Cat lovers will be treated to bundles of affection and cuddles from Teddy, the therapy cat, as the UK’s first pop up cat cafe launches in Caister next week.

Teddy the therapy cat will take centre stage at the cafe at King George V pavilion in Caister. Picture: ANTONY KELLYTeddy the therapy cat will take centre stage at the cafe at King George V pavilion in Caister. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Furry friend Teddy is the first qualified therapy cat in Norfolk and will be roaming around the King George V pavilion on Thursday in search of friendly faces to play with.

Teddy the 11-month-old cat has been carefully raised by owner Caroline Graham to offer calming companionship for elderly people, children with special needs and people living with dementia.

Miss Graham and her feline friend have been visiting people’s homes for a number of years to provide comfort and affection to a number of people in need.

Miss Graham can’t wait to launch the UK’s first pop up cafe, Darling Darlings cat lounge, in her home village of Caister.

She said: “It is great that we’ve been able to find a place where people can come to grab a coffee and a piece of cake whilst enjoying the company of Teddy.

“He’s very calming. He will sit on your lap, give you cuddles and you can also play with him. You see people’s faces light up when they see him.”

Teddy has made such an impression on people that some will be travelling from as far as Cornwall to meet up with their favourite four-legged friend on Thursday.

The grand opening will take place from 12pm to 4pm with visitors being treated to hot drinks and treats as well as various children’s activities for the youngsters to enjoy.

Miss Graham will run the cat lounge on a weekly basis but hopes to be able to grow the project to become a more regular activity.

She said: “We want to see how many people we get and take it from there. If we have the demand we’ll look to expand it and I’m hoping we’ll be able to bring even more cat’s along to the cafe in the coming weeks.

“There’s going to be a really relaxed atmosphere and I’m sure people will love playing with Teddy. He’s so easy to get along with and the session provides people of all ages with a great opportunity to get away from everything.”

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