Espresso does his usual poses and show kids his belly

What happens when 21 children meet 15 cats?

4th Oct 2014,The Cat Cafe decided to celebrate children’s day weekend by inviting children from Touch Young Arrows to a private party. This is the first time in our short history where the number of children exceeded the number of adults + cats.

Getting Started

The day started a little gloomy as it started raining early in the morning. Thankfully, the rain has ceased by the time the children reach The Cat Cafe at 10:30 in the morning – just right after our cats had their morning breakfast. We kick started the day by having a “mass classroom session” where we taught children simple lessons on how to interact with cats and what should be avoided. Fruitcake our oldest and probably most patient cat demonstrated the art of stroking  a cat.

Fruitcake teaching the children how to pet her :3

Fruitcake teaching the children how to pet her :3

One on One Sessions

After the briefing, the children were free to roam. Under the careful supervision of our cafe crews, children were taught how to interact with cats in a safe and fun manner. A few children who were initially afraid of cats overcame their fear of cats with some one on one coaching session by our crews.

Boy meets Patches

Boy meets Patches

Meet the Boss

Espresso, the Boss Cat in the cafe does his usual pose and allowed children to have an up-closed encounter with him.

Espresso does his usual poses and show kids his belly

Espresso does his usual poses and show children his belly

Foooody

And no party is complete without food. Our well trained cafe crews ramp up the kitchen to prepare over 30 portions Chicken Wraps to satisfy the hungry stomachs.

The Chefs that filled the hungry stomachs.

The chefs that filled the hungry stomachs.

Saying Goodbye

With a satisfied stomach, it was finally time to bid farewell to the children we have just become friends with. It was certainly an enjoyable time interacting with them as well as feasting with them.

The Cats gather to bid us goodbye

The cats gather in a group shot to bid us goodbye

Thank You

We would like to thank the volunteers from Touch Young Arrows and cafe crews that were off-duty as they sacrificed their precious Saturday morning to make this event a tremendous success.

Butter says Goodbye

Butter bids goodbye

 

child interacting with cat

Why children are allowed at The Cat Cafe.

In view of the recent reviews on children at The Cat Cafe, we would like to share our thoughts on why children are allowed at The Cat Cafe.

The incident that brought the these reviews to our attention happened on a crowded weekend. A bunch of playful children (age from 7 to 9) were too excitedly over cats that they seemed to be hunting cats down.

“When I arrived there, the poor cats were literally hunted down by a group of children” – Chen Weiling

What did these children actually did?

These children were crawling on the floor, moving a little quicker around the cafe and at occasion a few of them would surround the cat they like to pet.

What did these children not do?

They were not picking up cats, waking up cats, man handling or even torturing the cats.

What did these children really want to do?

These children really want to interact with cats, though their overly excited means might be wrong. A few of these children even have cats at home.

 How The Cat Cafe deal with these children?

Staff at The Cat Cafe firmly and repeatedly told these children not to do these actions that seemed to frighten the cats. When these children surrounded cats, we scattered them  as well. Apart from constantly watching the children behavior, the parents were also informed of their misbehaving kids.

What did the parents do?

Their parents lecture the kids for while, make sure they are obedient and went back to drinking coffee. Meanwhile, while their parents enjoyed the coffee the kids will sneakily misbehave.

What these children did after being lectured?

These children like any other children out there behave for 5 – 10 minutes before transforming back to their old self.

Why did The Cat Cafe not evict these children?

  1. The Cat Cafe reserve the right to evict patron that intentionally harm/mishandle/torture our cats.
  2. However, these children were not even close to harming the cats – at most they are scaring them due to their rapid actions.
  3. Children like cats need repetition to encourage the right actions. Evicting them would not allow them to learn the right actions. Likewise we do not abandon Patches (our more aggressive cat) away just because she is more aggressive.
  4. Children are our next generation, we need to teach them to love these cats so that in the future if they ever wish to own a cat they would adopt instead of buy due to negative stigma from young.

How did the cats react being ‘hunted’ by these children?

  1. Not all the cats are fearful of these children. A few of our brave cats totally ignored them.
  2. There was never a point in time where the cats hissed at the children as a result of fear.
  3. Most of the cats know that The Cat Cafe is their home and when they are tired of being irritated by children, they retreat to our 2.2 meters high cat bridges where most of us (shorter humans) can no longer reach them.

Will The Cat Cafe increase the age limit of children?

No we will not increase the age limit as we have seen properly behaving 6 years old kid and improperly behaving working adults. If we should evict folks, we would evict the adults first. We believe that any children that are able to attend primary one should be able to properly behave ~ didnt all of us learn to hold hands and walk 2 by 2 by that age.

What will The Cat Cafe do to ensure the well being of cats when there is children?

  1. Our staffs are just too friendly by nature, we will now be much more stricter with children
  2. The Cat Cafe will be working on education materials especially for children so that families can have a better time interacting with kids.
  3. We will strongly enforce adult supervision on children.

The Cat Cafe’s final thought on children 

The Cat Cafe mission is always to be more than just another cat cafe. We hope to transform the local community into one that appreciate and love cats more. Children only makes up a small proportion of our revenue as compared to working adults – they spend more time in the cafe and eat less food than adults. If we are really money minded we would simply raise the minimum  age limit. Children are our next generation, they will be the one deciding to adopt/buy/culled a cat 10 – 20 years later. If we do not educate these children when they are young and teachable we would miss the golden opportunity to transform Singapore into a more cat/pet loving society.

Hence, we will continue to take the tougher road and choose to educate children as opposed to barring them from The Cat Cafe. We hope that all can do our part in educating our next generation and not reach a point where authorities need to step in and set a minimal age limit on cat cafe operations.

child interacting with cat

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Adopt an Adult Cat

A while back we blog about why you should adopt instead of buy.  We wish to challenge you a little further, to adopt an adult cat instead of kitten. We all know kittens are awesomely cute, but adults cats are really just as good or even better. Heres a comic strip on why adult cats are just as good. Credits: jemtoujours

Adopt An Older Cat

Adopt An Older Cat

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Btw check out fruitcake – our oldest female @ The Cat Cafe. She is 8+ years old, loves to play and one of the most gentle cat in the cafe.

The Cat Cafe

TheCatCafe is opening on 22 June

We are finally MEOWING on 22nd JUNE

After the much delayed renovation and various issues face in getting licenses, we are finally ready to fully open on 22nd June 2014. Our cats finally arrived to the cat cafe on 12 June and majority have gotten used to the environment and freely roams about their new home. If you find a few kitties running away from you, it just that they are still shy and haven gotten used to the human crowd yet.

Here’s the details you have been waiting for:

Official opening dates: 22 June 2014 – 10 am

Pricing

  • $15 per entry (with a complementary soft drink)
  • Additional top-ups available to upgrade to choice of coffee, tea, juices, etc

Operating Hours

  • Monday: 3pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 10pm.

Reservation

  • We do not allow reservation as TheCatCafe works on a per entry model- would be a little hard for us to manage the supply and demand.
  • Reservation is only available for our Indiegogo funders that bought the various perks.

Here’s some sneak peaks to TheCatCafe

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Making of The Cat Cafe- The Purrect Coffee Place

Many have ask us, why are we taking soooo long to renovate the place.

Well to begin with, we would really love to open as soon as possible. It is our dream to share the love of cats with cat lovers out there. Furthermore it makes perfect business sense to start our business ASAP as we are paying rent for each day the cafe stays empty. However, starting a Cat Cafe is much more than just putting cats in a cafe. We had to work with many agencies such as AVA, NEA, URA and Civil Defense in order to convert an old office space on top of Bugis Village into a cat cafe. We spent more than 3 months, convincing various authorities that we can run a cat cafe in Bugis.  There were definitely times that we felt like giving up, but thank God everything work out fine and renovation finally begun on 28 April 2014.

Here’s a look of what Day 1 of Renovation looked like:

Renovation of The Cat Cafe

Renovation of The Cat Cafe

 

Renovation is estimated to complete by 25 May 2014We would have 2 weeks of soft opening to “migrate” the kitties in and smooth out our operations before officially opening in mid June.  So, hold on tight and stay tune while we upgrade an old office space into The Purrfect Coffee Place

 

Artist Impression of TheCatCafe

Artist Impression of TheCatCafe

For sneak peaks which cats will be coming to Thecatcafe, follow us on http://instagram.com/sgcatcafe & https://twitter.com/SgCatCafe