“Meow,” the cat purrs as it snuggles on your lap. The picture of perfect bliss for cat lovers out there. This friendly feline is well loved and adored by many. So what would be better than sipping a cup of coffee and playing with these adorable creatures? Sound like a good business plan? Well, let’s see.
The world’s first cat café called “貓花” or known as “Cat Flower Garden”, was established in 1998 at the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. Originally, the café was opened to be a place for Taiwanese workers to relax but the business boomed and was well received across the world becoming a tourist hotspot. In Japan, to cater to the dense population, many citizens stay in relatively small apartments or condominiums that banned pets. To resolve this issue the country’s opened its doors to its first cat café business in 2005 called “Neko no mise” or known as “Shop of Cats.” As popularity grew, cat café starting popping up in every street of Japan from 2005 to 2010 to a whopping 79 cat café across the country.
The huge success of cat café businesses in Japan has inspired many countries across the world to adopt this idea and our tiny red dot, Singapore, was no different. “Neko no Niwa,” which is Japanese for ‘Cat Garden’ opened in 2013 and many soon followed. These are the 3 Cat Cafes that you can visit in Singapore:
- Neko no Niwa
As cat cafes around the world feature pedigreed cats, Sam and Sue owners of Neko no Niwa stand by their message of “Adopt, don’t buy!” by only featuring adopted cats.
Sam and Sue with over 15 years of cat care experience behind them want to share the joy and knowledge of cat ownership, which seem to be lacking in Singapore. They do this by creating an opportunity for people to spend time with cats and experience for themselves what lovely, responsive and intelligent companions cats can be.
With Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa (Japanese for ‘Cat Garden’), Sam and Sue take their first step towards changing mindsets of cats being cats are dirty, noisy and aloof’ that can’t be further from the truth.
You can visit them at 54A Boat Quay, Singapore 049843 at the following timings: Operating hours: Mon 11am-10pm, Wed-Fri 11am-10pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Closed on Tue. Fees are as follows: $12 for first hour, subsequently $5 per half hour.
- The Cat Café
Due to HDB’s regulation, some Cat Lovers are unable to keep them as pets at their homes. The Cat Cafe aims to create an environment where this is possible. Customers can interact with these friendly feline friends in a safe and clean environment. The cats featured are either ex-stray or adopted.
With freshly brewed coffee, top notch tea and freshly baked pastries, come down at Level 3, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030 and have both your taste buds and furry instincts satisfied for $15 per entry (inclusive of a soft drink. Cat treats at $3). Operating hours are from: Mon 3-10pm, Tue-Sun 10am-10pm.
- The Company of Cats
Starting as a clubhouse for cat lovers to meet and have fun, the Company of Cats is a place to have a cup of coffee is chill with these loveable felines. All their cats are either rescued, strays or abandoned.
They hope to help raise levels of awareness for animal welfare in Singapore and inspire more understanding for these wonderful feline friends. You can pop by at 6B Mosque Street, Singapore 059486 from Tue-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. They are closed on Mondays. Their fees are as follows: $14 for first hour, inclusive of a standard drink, subsequently $5 per half hour.
Love animals and want to start your own company in this area too? You could set up your own cafe with your favourite domestic pet or even invent a business that could incorporate these friendly creatures. Or maybe even another more exotic type of animal? Who knows what is possible unless you be the game change and give it a go.