A cat lounge for feline fans is opening in Dublin next week with these furry kittens on hand for cuddles.
The facility is the first of its kind in Ireland but is hugely popular in countries like Japan, France and America.
The Smithfield cafe will provide a coffee making machine but will not sell food.
Cat Lounge owner Georgina O’Neill admitted it took a lot of convincing for planning authorities to allow her to open the cafe.
Georgina said: “It took three long years of hard work and people telling me I couldn’t do it, but I pushed on and I finally brought this to Ireland.
“I just hope others share the same love for cats as I do.”
Five rescued kittens will be based in the Cat Lounge initially and a further five kittens will be housed there the following week.
Cat lover Georgina says there have been no fights so far between the kittens which are a mixture of male and female.
“The Cat Lounge is for people who can’t have cats in apartments or people who live with people who have allergies to cats.
“It’s a tranquil escape. People come in and they get to experience the company of cats in a relaxed environment.”
She went on: “I came up with the idea in February 2014. My brother was in Japan and he had loads of photos of a cat cafe he went into.
“I did a massive amount of research to try to establish if this could work in Ireland.”
Cat Lounge is online booking only as there is no cash handled on the premises.
An admission charge of Eur15 for an hour and a half applies.
To book go to www.catlounge.ie