Haven't got a pet a home? Cosy up with a cuppa and a furry friend at these top dog and cat cafes in Singapore.
Regardless of whether you and your family are feline fans or dog lovers, teaching your kids how to interact with animals plays a huge role in helping them learn responsibility and empathy. Before you give in to demands for a pet from the kids and decide on adopting a four-legged friend, make a trip down to these popular dog and cat cafes in Singapore! Unwind over coffee, fawn at cute critters and get cuddles. Note: to avoid potential mishandling, these cafes have an age limit for kids – most allow only children above the age of six, so check before going down.
Dog and cat cafes in Singapore
1. Cat Cafe Neko No Niwa
This pioneer cat cafe in Singapore threw open its doors in 2013 and has since spawned a number of copycats in its wake. Owners Sue Lynn and Sam are firm believers of cat therapy – that is, the power of feline friends to help relieve stress and sadness. While renowned cat cafes in Bangkok or Korea only feature pedigree-breed cats, this animal-loving duo defied such conventions and chose to only adopt homeless and abandoned cats to live at Neko No Niwa. Kids need to be at least seven to come in and play. Psst, you can also support the cafe by purchasing one of its adorable cat masks!
Where: Neko No Niwa, 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843
2. The Cat Cafe
While away the day with your newfound furry friends over drinks (coffee or tea for the grown-ups and juices for kids). The Cat Cafe has free wifi so you can spend all your time Instagramming these gorgeous cats. Entry is $16 and will allow you to spend two hours of your time getting acquainted with the kitties. Need more time to mingle? Every 30 minutes thereafter costs $4. The cafe’s bright and spacious setting is great for the 15-20 cats to roam. Children aged six and above are allowed here.
Where: The Cat Cafe, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030 and 392 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 678046
3. Meomi Cat Cafe
Tucked away in Kampong Glam, this intimate cafe is the purrfect place to unwind with your feline companions. It’s quiet, cosy and serves simple desserts and drinks. Children above the age of six years old are allowed to enter, making this cafe one with a lower age limit than most. Keep your eyes peeled for Mario – the cafe’s resident munchkin cat who’s bound to evoke squeals of delights from even the most resolute non-cat-lover. Once you’re done with patting the cats, head out for an explore of the hip ‘n’ happening Haji Lane area.
Where: Meomi Cat Cafe, 668 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188801
If you have time in your day to visit one more cat cafe, then drop by this one that’s within the Little India vicinity. Previously a cat boarding house that had to pivot its business due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Catopia has 22 relaxed resident cats for you to get acquainted with – so relaxed that they have no qualms climbing into your lap for warmth and comfort! If the lounge gets too crowded because of social distancing measures, you can move up to their third floor space, which is also where the kitties “take their break” from “work”.
Where: Catopia, 46A Dunlop Street, Singapore 209375
5. We are the Furballs
Don’t have a dog at home? Feel free to cuddle, pet and play with the free-spirited, happy hounds at this dog-petting cafe as much as you want. While all the pups here are of the smaller breeds, their excitable and big personalities far outshine their size. Unfortunately, only older kids (above 10 years old and with adult supervision) are allowed.
Where: We are the Furballs, 201 Victoria Street, #07-07 Bugis+ Singapore, Singapore 188067