When you’ve had a long day in the office, or a particularly stressful week, few things are likely to match the pleasure of that first glass of wine of an evening, or the soothing sounds of a cat’s purr as it stretches out on your lap. Imagine, then, that two of life’s greatest stress relievers had been combined into the ultimate R&R venture. Wine and Felines, one such concept, could soon be launching in Denver, and we’re big fans already.
Cat cafés are nothing new; indeed, they’ve spread around Asia and other parts of the world like wildfire since the idea was first launched in the late 1990s. However, Sana Hamelin, owner of the Denver Cat Company, has decided that cats and coffee need to be replaced by something better suited to those who really want to get out and about with friends during the evenings. The Denver Cat Company, a café that has helped to rehome almost 150 cats since it opened eighteen months ago, is now hoping to raise $60,000 by the start of July in order to fund such a project – with a view to opening early next year.
“Right now we have to find a space, raise some money, and hopefully launch in full force by next March,” Hamelin explained. Where does the idea of a cat bar come from? It has long been documented that interactions with animals can help to lower stress levels and release happy hormones, while relaxing in the company of our friends can have a similar effect. It is thought that the later opening hours of a bar, as opposed to the daytime hours of a café, will enable patrons to take full advantage of their new pet pals – with a view to adoption – while the beverages on offer will entice guests to stay a while.
The project has currently received 10% of its designated target. You can find its Kickstarter Campaign here.