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 cat and dog cafes in Singapore to unwind over coffee, cute critters and cuddles. Note: To avoid potential mishandling, these cafes have an age limit for kids – most allow only children above the age of six years old.
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.
Meomi Cat Cafe, 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801, p. 6296 0339; www.facebook.com/meomicatcafe.
The Cat Cafe
Wile away the day with your newfound furry friends over drinks (coffee or tea for the grown-ups and juices for kids). Unlike its competitors that charge by the hour, The Cat Cafe allows you to spend all day here to get acquainted with the kitties as you pay per entry and it includes a soft drink ($15). Bright and spacious with ample room for the cats to roam, visitors can even join in feeding the felines at special times throughout the day. Children above the age of six years old are allowed here.
The Cat Cafe, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030, p. 6338 6815; www.thecatcafe.sg.
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. We’re rather taken with Baloo, the cafe’s gentle giant, Kai Kai, the adorable, quintessential greedy kitty and beautiful Emma, the prettiest cat on the block. Kids need to be seven years old to come in and play.
Neko No Niwa, 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843, p. 6536 5319; www.catcafe.com.sg.
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) are allowed.
We are the Furballs, #07-07, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067; www.facebook.com/wearethefurballs.
Lead image: Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa
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