To celebrate the launch of national Cat Welfare Week, Old Spitalfields Market in London played host to the UK’s first public Cat Nap on Monday November 23.

To celebrate the launch of national Cat Welfare Week, Old Spitalfields Market in London played host to the UK’s first public Cat Nap on Monday November 23.

Busy office workers and local cat lovers enjoy a restful five minutes at Spitalfields marketBusy office workers and local cat lovers came together to enjoy a restful five minutes on the 100-square-metre cosy cat nap bed in return for a small donation to Cats Protection.  

Cat Welfare Week (November 23-29) is dedicated to raising awareness of the factors that may cause harm or distress to cats through physical, mental or environmental changes. By highlighting issues such as feline stress, the initiative aims to remind owners what actions and traits are simply normal feline behaviour and which could be the symptoms of something more worrying.

The event was sponsored by Feliway and run in conjunction with leading cat charity, Cats Protection.

Juliet Penaliggon from CEVA Animal Health, claims the cat nap was a light-hearted approach to a serious subject. She said: “This is the first time we’ve run Cat Welfare Week in the UK and we wanted to create a fun and interactive way for people to show their support. We want to encourage people to think more seriously about their cat’s needs and to ask for help if they are concerned. By having a cat nap we gave people the perfect chance to reflect.”

Andrew, one of the event participants, said: “Taking a nap in the day isn’t really a big ask for a good cause and I was happy to take time out at lunchtime to show my support.”

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