Being a cat lover, having two of my own isn’t enough! I can never resist buying cat trinkets, accessories and whatever other kitty-themed trinkets catch my eye. Of course, that extends to makeup too. Here are five of the cutest cat-themed cosmetics I’ve found online 🙂
Singapore is one of my favorite cities/countries. I’d actually love to live there one day but I doubt that will ever happen. One thing I really like is the abundance of cute, hip cafes – including cat cafes! My favorite cat cafe in the whole world is actually in Singapore. It’s called “The Company of Cats“.
What’s so special about this place? Well, on the day we visited, it was really quiet, so there were a lot of cats to go around! The decor, however, is the best part. It’s both cat-friendly and undeniably cool. It even has Pusheen cushions. If you haven’t heard of Pusheen, you need to check it out by the way.
There are shelves full of cute cat art and funny cat books such as “How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You“. These shelves double as a kitty playground. I bet the staff have to pick all of the trinkets off the floor on a regular basis – you know how cats love to knock things over…
This cat cafe has 11 residents at the time of publishing. There is plenty of space for them along with quite a few human guests. To enter, you must pay a cover charge of $14SGD for the first hour and then $5SGD for each half hour after that. This includes a standard drink. There are reduced rates on weekends and for members.
There’s a little store area by the reception desk – it’s full of cute feline merchandise. I got two stickers for free with entrance, but I’m not sure if they still do that. They’re happily decorating one of my storage baskets.
The Company of Cats is located in the Chinatown district of Singapore and you should have no problems finding it. The exact address is 6B Mosque Street. Check out the gallery below for some photos 🙂
When I heard that there was a small village full of cats in Taiwan, I knew it was going to be good – but in fact, it was so much better than I could have imagined! We had only a short time in Taiwan, staying in Taipei, but I made sure we went out of our way to visit Houtong. It’s less than an hour drive from Taipei and definitely worth the trip if you’re a cat lover like me. It’s also fairly easy to access by public transport but we were too afraid of getting lost to try this as we don’t speak any Mandarin.
As soon as you arrive in the station or car park, you are greeted by a lot of lovely cats! I thought we might have to go looking for them, or that they would be hidden away from the rain (it was drizzling lightly the whole day). But no. You will have no trouble finding cats. In fact, it’s safe to say that I saw more cats than people in this village! There are many little houses and steps/rests for the cats everywhere to make sure that they are comfortable.
Not only are there plenty of friendly cats everywhere, there are lots of sculptures, large and small featuring cute cartoon felines. There are also some colorful murals and shops offering cat-themed souvenirs such as artistic postcards and pineapple cakes in the shape of a cat’s face. Yes I did buy one or two of the latter! The area overall is quite quaint and scenic, nestled in the mountains. You can walk up the path behind the station and get a nice view of the town below. You can see this view in the first photo in my gallery below.
Now that I have cats of my own, I don’t really feel the need to go to cat cafes anymore. However, before that point, I managed to visit a rather insane number of them. This post is about a cat cafe called Cat’s Attic in the hip district of Hongdae in Seoul (South Korea). Like many hidden gems in Asia, this cafe is hidden upstairs in a rather plain looking building. Although you can see the sign outside with a silhouette of a cat.
Once inside, the atmosphere is upbeat and friendly. The decor is somewhere between a New York loft and a kid’s playroom. Everything is bright and colorful but still calm and spacious. Cat’s Attic is home to more than twenty cats! I could hardly believe the number! But it doesn’t feel crowded at all because the space is so big. There’s room for visitors to play with the cats on the floor and the tables are spread quite far away from each other so it’s not at all awkward.
The cats themselves are all purebreds, as far as I could tell. It was fun to see some varieties that I’d never seen in real life before. They weren’t super energetic, as is usual with cat cafe residents. They seem to get worn out from all the human interaction. However, you could purchase snacks at the counter to make the cats interact more with you.
The entrance fee when I went was around 8000 won which includes a drink. You can bring your drink into the area with the cats, unlike some cafes which keep them separate. Some people might find this off putting, but as a person who cohabits with two very fluffy cats – I’m used to a few hairs in my drinks.
As a cat lover, when I visited Tokyo I had to see the famous temple holding hundreds of lucky cat statues. It was quite easy to access from the city and the surrounding area was quaint and full of cat motifs. Supposedly this is where the idea of the lucky cat originated. Legend tells of a cat that guided a lord to safety in this very building during a harsh thunderstorm. There are some competing theories. Some say the lucky cat came from Kyoto or is a creation from a Chinese proverb (source)
Whether it’s the legitimate birthplace of the maneki neko or not, Gotokuji Temple is an interesting and serene spot to visit as a tourist. It brings you far away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Tokyo. Gotokuji temple doesn’t get anywhere near as much footfall as other famous religious spots in the region such as Meiji Jingu or Sensoji so it’s a nice spot to explore this aspect of the culture at your own pace.
The surrounding suburb contains lots of little shops and cafes, many with cat-themed decor. You can easily spend half a day here and get a bite to eat. The streets themselves have plenty of cute cat art. Even electricity polls are decorated with paw prints. I’ve shared some of my favorite photos from the day in the small gallery below.
One of the first cat-themed locations I visited while traveling was De Poezenboot (meaning “the cat boat” in Dutch). It’s a few years now since I was there but this unique floating animal sanctuary is still going strong. It’s no surprise given its long history. De Poezenboot was started in 1966 by a woman called Henriette van Weelde. She had previously taken stray cats into her home but it quickly became overrun. She was a stereotypical cat lady! A woman after my own heart. To solve this problem, she acquired an old Dutch sailing barge and converted it into a home for sick, stray and abandoned cats.
Today De Poezenboot accommodates up to 50 cats. Most of these are temporary, however 14 live on the boat permanently. Visitors come to the cat boat to find a new pet, although tourists are also welcome. Once you spend a little time with the cats you will be happy to open your wallet and leave a generous donation. “The Cat Boat Foundation” achieved official charity status in 1987. It is run by volunteers who help rescue strays and cats who’s owners cannot afford veterinary care. The cats are sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped before they are put up for adoption.
When I visited, it was a sunny day and the cats were happily sitting in the windows of the barge looking out onto the water. It’s very clean and the cats all look well-cared for. However, this isn’t a cat cafe. As would be expected given their origins, not all of the cats are friendly. Proceed with caution and only initiate petting if a staff member gives you the go-ahead.
If you are a cat lover in Amsterdam, I highly recommend visiting this unique spot. It is located right in the center of the city, only a ten minute walk from the main station.