Quick Guide To The Five Cat Cafes in Singapore (Cat Cafe Comparison Chart)

It was in January this year that I visited Singapore’s first cat cafe. Read my first cat cafe blogpost here. And now, we have FIVE cat cafes in Singapore! Quite hard to believe actually, with SG being so small. It’s amazing how, in a span of barely 9 months, cat cafes have popped up like bubble tea stores. So here’s a quick guide to the five:

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Best value for money: Definitely The Cat Cafe as they charge on a per entry basis. And you get a drink too. I think students will have a lot of fun camping here and studying for exams while surrounded by wonderful cat energy.

Cuddles Cat Cafe has 20 cats (more than any of the other cat cafes) but I am concerned about how the cafe is open daily. Don’t the cats need a break from adoring customers? And how about for grooming of the cats and general maintenance of the cafe??? The cafe is open from 11am to 11pm. There’s not much time for cleaning work, it seems. Hmm…

I think cat lovers are certainly spoiled for choice now. It’s good such pet cafes exist as many animal lovers may not have the time or space to keep these pets at home. I, for one, know that keeping a pet is a huge responsibility, kind of like caring for a baby, I guess. I’d happily pay pet cafe owners who take good care of the animals so I don’t have to.

Which of these cat cafes have you visited? Leave me a comment or drop me an email! 🙂

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Update: Cuddles Cat Cafe is being investigated for the death of 8 cats, as CNA reported.

How To Have Cats Instantly Like You & Play With You (@ Neko no Niwa SG Cat Cafe)

I visited Neko no Niwa yesterday with my sister (a cat lady wannabe) and my cat lover friend, Chris. I have never really known how to get the attention of a cat – most of the time, they either ignore me or walk away, all royal-like. Don’t succumb to the same fate. Here are some tips I got from Chris about how to get a cat’s attention, assuming you don’t have any cat treats with you:

1) Anything dangly will get a cat’s attention:

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

It would be best, of course, to use the toys provided:

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

2) Cats are sensitive to sounds so if you don’t have a toy on hand, but there’s a cat sitting on a chair with a wooden backing, you can make light scratching or tapping sounds on the wood using your fingers. You know what people say about the curiosity of cats, right? 😉 The cat will be so intrigued and want to find out what’s making those sounds. You can then play peek-a-boo with it.

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

3) If a cat’s just sitting there ignoring you, don’t simply pick it up and try to cuddle it (the cat may get annoyed and scratch you). Hence, Neko no Niwa does not allow customers to carry the cats. If a cat jumps onto your lap, then it is fine to cuddle.

First, test if the cat wants to play. I watched as Chris used a finger to tap one of the cat’s paws, then a spot on the cushion the cat was on, then another paw. If the cat’s obviously curious about what you are doing, it wants to play. A quick tickle under the chin, or about its belly if it rolls over is fine…

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

If a cat is sleeping, don’t disturb it. You wouldn’t like to be rudely awakened from your sleep too, right?

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

What People Usually Do:

1) Try to stroke a cat which obviously wants to walk away

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2) Extend a hand to a cat, as if the cat will shake your hand, or something:

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

A cat will usually display a “What the hell?” sort of look. You’d be better off using your fingers to “run” or “hop” across the tabletop, touch one of the cat’s paws then scurry away. The cat will realize you want to play. I believe it works better than extending a hand.

The list above is by no means exhaustive. I take no responsibility if it doesn’t work for you (Cats, like humans, have their own personality. If it just doesn’t want to play with you, go find another cat). If a cat happens to shake your hand, please write to me. 😀

Meanwhile, snap away. Remember: no flash photography!

SG Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

Singapore’s First Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa: Pictures and An Interview with Founder, Ms Tan Sue Lynn

[Read my earlier post about Neko no Niwa’s address, pricing, etc HERE] This post is a continuation of the earlier one, with more pictures of Singapore’s FIRST cat cafe, and a mini-interview with the Co-Founder of Neko no Niwa, Ms Tan Sue Lynn a.k.a Ms Smitten with Cats. In my next post, you’ll find out how to make cats instantly like you and play with you – I had to learn from my cat lover friend! 😀

First up, PEEK-TURES! 😀

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
― Robert A. Heinlein

Singapore cat cafe Neko no Niwa

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…”
― Albert Schweitzer

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
― Mark Twain

* I’m quite sure the cat is winking at me – Grace Tan *

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
― Charles Dickens

Singapore cat cafe neko no niwa

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

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When this cat looks at me like that, I feel like I either have to make a confession, or run:

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

The cutest Prosperity Cat I’ve ever seen:

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

~ Mini-Interview With Sue (the cat cafe Founder) ~

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

Qn: Are you running this cat cafe full-time?

“Yes, I love cat cafes. I quit my full-time job to start this cat cafe”

Qn: This cafe must be very popular with cat lovers. Do tourists visit too?

“There are two camps of people – one group wants to engage the cats, while the other group is content to just watch the cats sleep and be in the company of cat energy. Singaporeans, in general, want to get their money’s worth and want to engage the cats, take photos, etc. Foreigners intending to visit Singapore usually contact us online and try to work a cat cafe visit into their schedule.”

Qn: Can people buy treats for the cats here?

“We discourage that because it motivates the cats wrongly. What happens when another customer turns up empty-handed? Also, many people come through our doors each day. If 100 people turn up with 100 different treats, it messes up the cats’ diet.”

Qn: Is there a restriction on the number of people playing with the cats at any one time?

“Yes. There’s a cap of 25 people.”

Qn: The idea of cat cafes isn’t new. Why did it take so long for one to finally be set up in Singapore?

“Yes, the first cat cafe was set up in 1998 in Taiwan. There are strict regulations here. I am governed by these three: NEA, AVA and URA. It took a year of convincing the authorities before I could set up this cafe.”

Qn: A year is a long time. Most people would have gotten frustrated and given up. Why did you persist?

“I felt it wasn’t logical that first world countries have cat cafes, but Singapore doesn’t. Cats are so clean. They do their business in designated places, unlike (some) dogs. There should be a cat cafe in Singapore!”

Qn: How many cats do you own?

“There are 13 in this cafe. And I have 3 more at home.”

Qn: Is it possible for Singapore to have a second cat cafe?

“Yes, but not set up by me. I am already responsible for the lives of 16 cats. I can’t possibly be responsible for 50, even if I hire more workers, it’ll still be my responsibility.”

Qn: The cats here are rescues?

“Yes, some were abandoned in places like canals and drains. Some were given away when their owners decided to leave Singapore. We take these cats in, and show that when given a second chance, these cats can blossom.”

Qn: So that is why some of the cats look rather small and thin?

“Some of these cats are way past their developmental years so they can’t grow any bigger. It’s like children who didn’t receive proper nutrition when they are growing up. Some of the cats were taken care of so they are much bigger.”

Qn: Were you surprised by the response? This cat cafe is fully booked almost every single day!

“I was very surprised by the overwhelming demand. There’s just so much pent-up demand right now. We started our Facebook page in mid-November and now we have close to 10K followers already. It remains to be seen whether it’s just hype – ask me again in 6 months’ time.”

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Sue also told me that unlike F&B businesses, this cat cafe has no lack of people wanting to work here (She employs only part-timers). When my sister announced that she would be happy to PAY the cat cafe to let her work there, I began to understand why Sue will probably never have a lack-of-staff issue.

Once again, I think the cat cafe has a reasonable cover charge of S$12 for the first hour. There’s 24-hour air-conditioning, staff costs, utilities, and bills to pay when it comes to taking care of THIRTEEN cats. There’s also an air purifier in the cafe, so asthma sufferers can still enjoy cat company in Neko no Niwa, where the cats are kept clean as well.

The Purrfect Place To Unwind: Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

54A Boat Quay

*Tip: The Best Time To Visit If You Want Pictures With The Cats*

As cats are nocturnal, they will usually be asleep in the afternoon, and cat cafe rules are such that you must not wake a sleeping cat. So pop by early, at 11am or 11.30am, when the cats are still awake.

You can head there in the afternoon as well – the cats will be awake intermittently to play with you.

*Stay tuned for my next post on how to make cats instantly like you and want to play with you. 😀

Singapore’s First Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa: Address, Pricing & The Experience

I visited Singapore’s first cat cafe, Neko no Niwa, today, and loved the experience. So here’s what you’ll need to know about getting to the cafe, and what to expect when you get there. 😀 I’ll upload another post later with the rest of the photos I took – over a hundred of them!

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

Located at Boat Quay and overlooking the Singapore River, the cat cafe is a lovely place to chill out, in the company of 13 very zen (and sometimes very playful) cats.

Address of the cat cafe:

54A Boat Quay (Level 2)

* Look out for this sign and a cat (or two?) at the window *

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

Getting Here:

By Train & On Foot: Raffles Place Exit G (400m) or Clarke Quay Exit E (450m)

If You Drive, Park At: Parallel lots along Circular Rd or hourly parking at UOB Plaza or OCBC Building

Important! – The cat cafe is often fully booked, so make your reservation by calling (65) 6536 5319!

Pricing:

1st hour: S$12 per person
Subsequent 1/2 hour block: S$5 per person

Drinks & Desserts (optional) from S$1 onwards

The joy of finding a feline friend: Priceless

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

The cafe accepts cash only. And there is no service charge and no GST (hurray!).

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

When you get to the cat cafe, walk in via the “grass” track (above, left) to the seating area where you can remove your shoes, then wash your hands with soap, and collect your cat cafe handbook (to be returned before you leave).

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

You’ll be briefed by the staff about what you should not do (grabbing a cat by its tail is a huge no-no!) and then you’re all set to have a purrfect time in the company of 13 very adorable cats!

Singapore Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa

My Thoughts:

Some people have left comments on Neko no Niwa’s facebook page to complain about the S$12 cover charge. I think S$12 is very reasonable, considering the location (boat quay), the 24-hour air-conditioning, and for the upkeep of the THIRTEEN cats. The cats have either been rescued or had been given away as their owners were leaving Singapore. My cat lover friend also told me that it’s not cheap to keep a cat, especially when they fall ill – he had to pay S$200 per day for almost 2 weeks when his cat had to visit the vet daily for a ‘drip’ of sorts. Wouldn’t you pay S$12 for a lovely afternoon spent in the company of oh-so-beautiful and healthy cats? I’m guessing you’ll even want to spend more than 1 hour there! 😀

In this next post on Neko no Niwa, I share more of the pictures I took, PLUS the mini-interview I did with the owner (Sue) -> https://workingwithgrace.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/singapores-first-cat-cafe-neko-no-niwa-pictures-and-an-interview-with-founder-ms-tan-sue-lynn/

A third post will contain some tips from my cat lover friend on how to interact with cats and get them to like you and play with you. 😀 Stay tuned!

Neko no Niwa’s website: http://www.catcafe.com.sg/