The last stop of yesterday’s walking tour of Penang’s capital, George Town was Purrfect Cat Cafe along Jalan Muntri. I’m putting this one up first so I can link to it once I do the full walking tour post. Oh, and because the cats deserve a post of their own. Don’t you think? I’ve always loved animals, sometimes more than most people. If you watch the news on a regular basis, you’ll probably get me why I feel like this.
My family in Manila owned dogs for as long as I can remember and in 2010, I also got a cat named Red. My grandparents and I (also my mother when she’s in Manila for a visit) spoil the hell out of him. He’s a diva, the queen of the household (I say ‘Queen’ because we strongly believe that he’s gay. There has been substantial evidence. And we basically love him more for it!), and the one with the most ‘tude in the household. Later on, my husband and I also got more dogs so his parents’ place and my grandparents’ are basically animal care institutions. Our pets are not just treated like family – they’re the babies. The favourites.
So, it was ultimately heartbreaking when we moved to Malaysia and I found out that pets are not allowed in most buildings in Kuala Lumpur. Cats are sometimes tolerated but dogs are just a major no-no. When I read on a magazine a couple of months ago that there’s a Cat Cafe in Penang, I knew I just had to visit it. I miss having a furry friend around. 🙁 But I’ll stop yapping now and let you see the photos from yesterday and tell you a bit about the experience:
I wasn’t really hungry at the time as it was only a little past three (I had lunch at around 1:30 in the afternoon) so I just ordered a drink. There’s a minimum charge of RM18 (Php246.23, EUR4.33, USD5.49) for you to be able to hang out upstairs where the cats are. I only noticed this later on when I had already paid RM15.20 (Php207.93, EUR3.65, USD4.64) for my Dark Chocolate Sunset, a little over RM2 short, but the cashier didn’t seem to mind as it was kind of a slow Monday. There were only two other tables that were occupied upstairs.
Purrfect Cat Cafe’s House Rules: Wash your hands before playing with the cats (This is common sense. You might have touched something outside that might make them sick!) Do not disturb sleeping cats. You can take photos of them but don’t use flash. These royal highnesses don’t like it when we humans get in the way of their nap time. Do not touch the cats when they are eating their cat food. This might affect their eating habits. No flash photography. When they’re asleep or when they’re awake. You’ll scare the hairballs out of them! Do not feed them with your food. A cat’s diet is not similar to that of a human’s. They need more protein and sometimes, human food might make them sick. If they try to eat your food or drink from your coffee, do stop them. No pinching and no violence towards the cats, please. Again, common sense. Don’t get too rough with them when playing either! Do not bring out the cats from the cat zone. No matter how much they want to explore the other side of the cafe. Hygienic reasons. 😉 Please do not hold (I suppose they mean to carry or hug the cats) the cats. Most of the time, cats like to be left alone. Yeah, you can pet them but most of them don’t appreciate being carried around like babies. They’re too proud for that. 😉 They might end up scratching you! The couple that came in after me to the cat zone insisted on carrying them around. Couldn’t help myself from smirking when Teddy tried to scratch one of them. C’mon. The cat doesn’t like it. Stop badgering him. Tend to your children. Children can’t read the rules yet so parents should advise the kids about the rules. They might end up hurting the kitties who might scratch them. 🙁
At a little past 4, I said goodbye to the cats. My husband’s conference ends at 5 and I had so much to tell him once I get back to the hotel.
I bought two postcards featuring Orange and Leo to send to two of my friends. Won’t post a photo here to keep them as a surprise. Postcards at the Cat Cafe cost RM4 (Php54.66, EUR0.96, USD1.44). You can buy stamps at the Camera Museum beside the Cat Cafe and drop them off at the post box along the street. Purrfect Cat Cafe is located at 53 Jalan Muntri, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It’s open daily from 11:00am up to 9:30pm. It’s a really great place to relax after a long day. Especially if you’ve been walking under the heat of the sun. It’s extremely relaxing to be around these kitties who love a good scratch at the back of their ears and neck. Super adorable! More later! Love, Carol