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Mog on the Tyne cat cafe in Newcastle primed for summer opening; Want a lapcat to stroke as you sip a latte? Newcastle's new Mog on the Tyne cat cafe aims to offers just that on Pudding Chare.

Byline: Coreena Ford

Feline fans' purr-fect place for a pot of tea has moved a paw pad closer to opening after its owner found a home for her furry friends in the heart of Newcastle.

Cat cafes have long been a popular pastime in Japan, where city dwellers don't have space to keep pets of their own.

And now Newcastle's very own moggy meeting place will open its doors later this summer in Pudding Chare, where owner Katie Jane Glazier is busy preparing for her first guests, of both the human and furry kind.

"The main thing is the cats' welfare and I've been in touch with lots of other cat cafes to get advice, and taken everything they've said on board," the a former Northumbria University fashion student, from St Peter's Basin, said.

"I don't think footfall is fantastic past the unit but that's why I like it -- it's a quiet street and this is going to be a destination place that people seek out.

"We can only have a maximum of 20 people in the cafe at any one time, and we'll be taking bookings soon on

"For the first month I'm looking to open from 9am to 9pm, to gauge when the most busy times will be and while we'll be taking bookings online we won't turn people away if they turn up and we're not full."

There are high hopes that Mog on the Tyne will prove just as popular with Geordie visitors as the cat cafes of Japan, London and New York, where there are long waiting lists for those wanting to take tea with tabby cats.

Young entrepreneur and cat lover Katie, who has raised private investment to top up the start-up funds needed to launch the business, is about to complete all the necessary pet care management qualifications and is raring to go.

She has also been liaising with vets and animal rescue charities who, once the cafe opens, will regularly visit the cats to make sure they remain fit, healthy and happy.

Menus are also being prepared to make sure guests return for the food and drinks as well as to unwind with a lap cat.

When it opens, Mog on the Tyne will become home to 10 rescued cats -- and there will even be the opportunity for cafe visitors to explore the possibility of rehoming furry residents.

Katie Jane, 28, is currently kitting out the Pudding Chare unit, which will have plenty of space over the two floors for the cats to roam about, with the hope of opening in the coming months.

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2015
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