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Britain’s first cat cafe has opened, and already has thousands of bookings!

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A staff member of 'Mog on the Tyne' cafe with one of their cats/Photo credit: mirror.co.uk
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Photo credit: mirror.co.uk

London: Britain’s feline lovers must have heaved a collective purr of contentment, now that they have finally got the country’s first cat cafe, where they can savour cat-themed drinks while watching or playing with the in-house moggies.
‘Mog on the Tyne’ has opened for the public in the heart of Newcastle, around 400 km from here, and the potential patrons have opened their hearts to the new watering hole.

The cafe took more than 1,000 bookings within two days of launching their website.

And not only the customers are excited but also the entrepreneur behind the cafe, chroniclelive.co.uk reported on Saturday.

The main attraction for patrons at the cafe are – who else, but – the cats, which can be simply watched or played with. Patrons pay a cover fee, generally hourly. Thus, the cat cafe can be seen as a form of supervised indoor pet rental.

“It has been fantastic – nerve-wracking and exciting but brilliant to finally open after all this time,” cafe founder KatieMog-on-the-Tyne-cat-cafe (3)

Jane Glazier was quoted as saying.

“We might have been nervous but the cats are really calming and soothing – some of them even like to climb all over you when you are trying to work. They have settled in just brilliantly. Nothing seems to faze them and they are a proper little family now,” she added.

Mog on the Tyne’s menu – no prizes for guessing – has a kitty theme, with catte lattes, catacinos and pawninis as well as cakes made by Grainger Market-based Pet Lamb Patisserie to enjoy.

Cat cafes first appeared in Japan where they are massively popular, mainly because city dwellers do not have space to keep pets of their own.

(IANS)

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Petting Dogs, Cats Can Improve Students’ Mood: Study

These results were found even while considering that some students may have had very high or low levels to begin with

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The results showed that the pups' attractiveness was lowest at birth and increased to a maximum before 10 weeks of age before declining and then levelling off.
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College is stressful. Students have classes, exams and so many other pressures common in modern life and now researchers have found that petting dogs and cats can improve students’ mood with stress-relieving physiological benefits, a study shows.

According to the study published in the journal AERA Open, many universities have instituted “Pet Your Stress Away” programmes, where students can come in and interact with cats and dogs.

“Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact,” students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone,” said Patricia Pendry, Associate Professor at Washington State University.

The study involved 249 college students randomly divided into four groups. The first group received hands-on interaction in small groups with cats and dogs for 10 minutes. They could pet, play with and generally hang out with the animals as they wanted.

To compare effects of different exposures to animals, the second group observed other people petting animals while they waited in line for their turn. The third group watched a slideshow of the same animals available during the intervention, while the fourth group was “waitlisted”.

“Relations with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment. They also provide older people with a sense of being needed and loved,” said Mary Janevic, researcher at the University of Michigan in the US.  Pixabay

According to the researchers, those students waited for their turn quietly for 10 minutes without their phones, reading materials or other stimuli, but were told they would experience animal interaction soon.

For the findings, several salivary cortisol samples were collected from each participant, starting in the morning when they woke up.

Once all the data was crunched from the various samples, the students who interacted directly with the pets showed significantly less cortisol in their saliva after the interaction.

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These results were found even while considering that some students may have had very high or low levels to begin with.

“What we wanted to learn was whether this exposure would help students reduce their stress in a less subjective way. And it did, which is exciting because the reduction of stress hormones may, over time, have significant benefits for physical and mental health,” Pendry said. (IANS)