Pat-A-Cat was, without a doubt, one of the most popular attractions at the 2023 Cat Lovers Festival! Very few cats are suited to coming to busy public events so, whilst we would have loved to showcase more cats at the Festival, we were thrilled to have a bounty of around 100 beautiful cats grace us with their presence over the weekend!
To see a list of some of the cat breeds attending Pat-A-Cat, from the Trouble & Trix Breed Showcase, click here.
How Pat-A-Cat works…
- There are up to eight (8) cat pods, open from 10.00am until 4.00pm each day.
- Festival staff direct visitors through the area, and manage the time visitors spent with cats. Demand will be very high, so long wait times are expected at busy times.
- Visitors have around 10 minutes to meet numerous cats and, subject to the handler’s permission, also pat them. Felines being felines, some will be napping in their crates, while the more confident and spritely kitties prance about enjoying their adoring fans.
- Cat welfare is always paramount as we’re committed to ensuring no cat’s wellbeing is ever compromised in any way. Handlers will be close by at all times to protect each cat’s welfare, and provide visitors with trusted, reliable information about each breed. In the event that cats became uncomfortable in this foreign, busy environment, we ask visitors to understand if a handler decides a cat should not be petted.
Enjoying the unique company of feline friends has many human health and wellbeing benefits which is why Pat-A-Cat is usually the star attraction at our Festivals, providing the purrfect opportunity for humans to release some feel-good endorphins.