The five most beautiful stories of Chalon de Thé, the cat bar that is a hit in Metz

Mehdi Mimèche i Sócrate, one of the first cats hosted by the Chalon de Thé de Metz (Moselle) when it opened in 2018. (© Antony Special / Lorraine News)

Open since August 2018 in the city center of Metz (Moselle)rue de la Petite-Boucherie, the Te Chalon it is still so frequented by customers, lovers of the taste buds with the cats that live there.

The concept was founded by Mehdi Mimèche and his partner. “We have made the place a benchmark,” says the entrepreneur.

After three and a half years of opening, Mehdi Mimèche recalls five beautiful stories that are anchored in the memory of the establishment. To these he adds the success of Chalon de Thé himself.

Socrates, who became the “big brother” of all pensioners

For Mehdi Mimèche, “Socrates is really the most beautiful story,” he says, referring to European tabby.

In his old home, his former owner abused him. He is a very cuddly cat but he loves his peace and will bite someone if he caresses him a little too much. He once bit his master, and in turn bit his cat’s ear. The owner got tired and kicked him out. Outside, Socrates fell victim to other dominant cats in the neighborhood. When we managed to save him, he hesitated to meet the other cats and get off the kennel.

Mehdi MimecheFounder of Chalon de Thé

Finally, “in less than a week, it flourished and became the big brother other cats. ”For example,“ when there is a conflict between two cats, it is he who will separate them. ”Present from the earliest days, Socrates has become a full member of this great family.

Female, former breeding hen adopted by Chalon de Thé

Mehdi Mimèche then mentions the case of Girly, a Maine Coon female.

We were able to get her back from a farm because she was no longer breeding, so she was no longer carrying money, and because her owners wanted to get rid of her. When he arrived he had a lot of knots. With my vet, it took me almost half an hour to sort it all out.

Mehdi MimecheFounder of Chalon de Thé

When she arrived, “she was stressed, in need of love, and in some pain.” Now, “it’s a cat that has opened up and fully blossomed,” according to Chalon de Thé’s manager.

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Xena, saved from the ringworm

Another story this time is about Xena, a female turtle who once lived with dozens of cats in an association.

He was in a small room surrounded by 50 cats where ringworm reigned. It is a fungal related disease that causes cats to lose their hair.

Mehdi MimecheFounder of Chalon de Thé

Xena was also received by Chalon de Thé. “Once we got here, we were able to deal with it,” says Mehdi Mimèche.

Prince, moved from Chalon de Thé to the house of the manager’s parents

The fourth story takes place in the opposite direction: it started from Chalon de Thé and then continued in a house, and more precisely … that of the founder’s parents.

When Prince arrived, he was happy but not at all, because he was an exclusive cat, that is, he did not necessarily tolerate other cats around him. He came to my parents’ house and during the night there were no more cats around him.

Mehdi MimecheFounder of Chalon de Thé

It was once he arrived at Mehdi Mimèche’s parents’ house that “Prince developed all his love potential: he became a purring, meowing and hugging machine.”

Sherkan and Shiva, once traumatized, saved by Chalon de Thé

The last story is about a brother and a sister, Sherkan and Shiva, hosted by the Metz i establishments Luxembourg.

They come from a farm that functioned as a “money machine.” There was no affection for the cats, we fed them by throwing the food on the ground … We got them both back. I put them in my house first. I had two weeks of work as a feline behaviorist to get them petted, they were so traumatized. Just getting close to the hand was a sign of violence for them.

Mehdi MimecheFounder of Chalon de Thé

After two weeks, “I managed to socialize them through games and sweet talks.” Then, “they became the most affectionate cats among all those around us. Sherkan was placed in the Chalon de Thé in Metz and Shiva in Luxembourg.

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