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  • A customer relaxes in a Cat cafe in Chongqing, China*

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  • Cat cafes are already hugely popular in Taiwan, China and Japan - with over 100 already established in Tokyo*

  • The cafe's website crashed as cat-lovers scramble to book a table*

  • Odd sleeping arrangement: A ginger cat relaxes on a customer's laptop*

  • The UK's first cat cafe Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium opened today in Shoreditch, London*

  • Two moggies await customers at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, which opened its doors this morning*

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  • The cafe is owned by 31-year-old Australian Lauren Pears - a self confessed 'crazy cat lady'*

  • Comfy: A black and white cat reclines on a small bed*

  • Ms Pears funded Lady Dinah's through crowdfunding website indiegogo.com*

  • Russian animal welfare campaigner Anna Kogan invested around 200,000 in the business*

  • Cat-lovers can enjoy a cup of coffee and something to eat in the company of 11 animals at the east London cafe*

  • The emporium is decorated in a vintage, Victorian style and offers sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees*

  • One of 11 resident cats and kittens can be seen exploring the cafe - owned by Lauren Pears*

  • Customer Nicoletta Wylde waits patiently for the shop to open this morning. 3,000 people tried to book a table at the eatery within hours of its launch*

  • More keen customers arrive at the shop this morning, having heard about its launch online

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  • Lunging around: One of the cafe's 11 resident felines takes a break on an armchair*

  • The Shoreditch-based cafe is decorated in a vintage Victorian theme*

  • The crowd-sourcing of 100,000 was met in just two months*

  • The owner thinks the cafe will appeal to Londoners who love cats but can't own one because of work commitments or rental agreements*

  • Feline supine: A cat relaxes on a hammock suspended above a stairwell*

  • Two customers wait for a table this morning. The business was founded after Ms Pears started a campaign on crowdfunding website indiegogo.com*

  • The shop is located in Bethnal Green, east London. Ms Pears raised 108,000 for her business via the site*

  • The owners hope customers will come to the shop to 'forget about' their days and 'unwind with a cat'*

  • One of the cats relaxes in a cat bed. Ms Pears was inspired to start the business after hearing of numerous successful shops in Asia*

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  • *3/17/2014 Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C All photos were taken from est100, Daily Mail,Internet.etc. The End