A NEW venue is due to open in Stirling which will offer cake, coffee and the company of cats.

Cats Meow Kittea Café, on Corn Exchange Road, aims to promote a feeling of community spirit.

The concept is to allow customers to relax in a peaceful and cosy atmosphere, surrounded by nine resident cats.

An influx of rescue felines sparked the idea of opening a cats café and, growing legs and tails, the family now includes Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie, Huey, Louie, Dewey, Daisy and Maisy.

Cats Meow plans to be in contact with charities such as Age Concern UK and Marie Curie, as well as residential care homes, children and adults with learning difficulties.

Proprietor Gayle Ledger has said it is proven that contact time with animals can have therapeutic properties, whilst providing a safe and fun environment for family and friends to enjoy.

The main priority will be the welfare and comfort of the cats themselves, with an experienced cat nanny on hand at all times.

The café aims to be a home from home, furnished with big comfy sofas and quirky knick knacks in every corner, with a friendly Scottish atmosphere.

It will serve pots of tea and coffee alongside a selection of cakes – prepared in a hygienic and cat free environment.

A special introductory price will begin at £8.50 for an hour of playing time with the cats, a drink and a slice of cake.

Sessions will be booked online and walk ins may be accommodated when possible.

The venue is expected to open late April, or in May.