A number of cat-themed cafes and restaurants have sprung up across Britain in recent months.
Many have gone the way of their original British inspirations such as the famous cat cafes of the 1930s, the original cat bars of the 1970s and the cat book cafe of the 1990s.
But many more are on the way, with some even inspired by the animal-themed art that graces many British museums.
In April, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons commissioned a study to look at the safety and welfare of cat cafes.
One of the key findings was that the most popular cat cafes are “cat-shaped”, with owners often turning their own cats into the centrepieces.
This is not the case for those who want to create an animal-inspired atmosphere for their customers.
According to a report from the University of Cambridge, the most common design for cat cafes in the U.K. is to have the cages “cage-shaped” – with the owner’s own cat serving as the centrepiece.
This “cat cage design” has been a feature of many British cafes, from the cat cafe in the former London office of the late, great British designer Ralph Lauren to the one-storey cat-free cat cafe at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Press and was reproduced with permission.