Kitty Cafe Leeds
I recently visited the Kitty Cafe in Leeds for a family birthday. This was our 3rd visit over the last year and a half and we have always had a great experience. The Kitty Cafe is situated in Leeds city centre and is an easy walk from the train and bus stations. If you come by car then I would recommend the park and rides at Elland Road or Temple Green which are very reasonably priced (and much cheaper than parking in the city centre) and only take 10 - 15 minutes by bus once you have parked up.
First of all, if you are not fond of cats then obviously this place is not for you. If you are a cat person like me then I would definitely recommend this experience to put on your to do list next time you visit Leeds. Be aware that it's a good idea to book in advance, to make sure that you are not disappointed and also that there is a £6 welfare charge per person (£4 for kids) before you even sit down to eat. I am happy to pay the welfare charge as it goes towards the cat welfare and rescue which is one of the main reasons for the cafe (some of the cats and kittens in the cafe are available for adoption). I think it's wise of them to charge what is effectively a welfare charge as it helps to offset those people who would just go into the cafe and nurse one drink the whole time that they are there (not that there is anything wrong with that).
It's always wise to pick up a toy (the fishing rod ones are the best) so that you can hopefully encourage some of the playful cats and kittens to spend some time with you. Please don't expect them to come and sit on your knee and pay you lots of attention, they are cats after all and they can be a little snooty and stand offish at times, I always find the best way to encourage them over is to wiggle and wave one of the toys and definitely not try and grab them when they come anywhere near you.
We had plenty of attention from the cats as there were loads around, but it's worth noting that there are lots of places the cats can disappear to if they don't feel like playing with people. We were sat in a far corner, so didn't have loads of people coming our way trying to get the cats attention, We felt that we had plenty of space and had plenty of cats popping over to play.