Monday, January 6, 2014

The Country Cat Cafe @ Setapak

This cafe has the cattiest regulars ever.

Friends of felines have begun clawing their way to Setapak's Country Cat Cafe, where tabbies preen & prowl over the couches & under the tables. Fur will fly, for certain.

The owners of Country Cat recently started sending out press releases & scheduling media interviews to boost this cafe's profile (everyone from Cosmopolitan magazine to ntv7 is believed to be heading here); there's ferocious interest in what's being billed as Malaysia's first cat cafe (one more will open in Penang soon, not related to this KL outlet).

We counted nine cats _ American Curls, Bengals & Persians whose names range from Beyonce to Snowy _ several sleepy & others curious. The cafe calls on customers to indulge in 'cat therapy' by playing with these cuddly creatures to help calm their human nerves.

Ultimately though, the crucial question for most cafes might be: How's the food?

Two paws way, way up! These seem to be satisfied customers, leaping up as soon as the chow was served.

 Three cans cost RM10 (we pay, they eat). Gourmet combos include tender tuna tossed with whitebait.

Talk about licking the plate clean.

 No fear, two-legged patrons need not starve, though options are limited to air-fried French fries & spring rolls.

Thirsty? There's milk with fish bone-shaped coffee ice cubes (the cats will want the former).

Each entry into the cafe costs RM14.90 per hour, inclusive of one drink (Hello, Kit-Tea! Sip on peach-&-passionfruit Ahmad tea).

Housekeeping notes: Customers must cleanse their hands & wear cafe-supplied slippers before coming into contact with cats.

Photography is fine. Imagine the Instagram possibilities!

Never a dull moment: A black-&-white TV was showing a presentation of _ what else? _ Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats."

Other suggested activities include crawling into a human-sized carrier (with or without a cat) ...

... & helping to groom the cats (not that these glossy-furred cuties really need it!).

The Country Cat Cafe is nestled inside The Country Pet Store, which provides pet boarding & accessory retail services in locations including Setapak (the only venue with a cafe), Bangsar & Kajang.



Malaysia Cat Cafe (The Country Cat Cafe)
60, Plaza Usahawan Genting Klang, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Taman Danau Kota, Kuala Lumpur
Open 11am-945pm daily. Tel: 03-4131-3348


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38 comments:

  1. Woah interesting venture. Guess it'll pick up here in Msia sooner or later. Still.. I would prefer dogs to cats :P

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    1. Rebecca: heh, this was a good visit, though i don't think i want to spend 2014 checking out too many cat cafes, heheh =)

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  2. Sean, this must be a really fun place!!! You know how much I love cats. :) I would like to pick this review and post as my absolute favourite so far!!! The photos are so nice and the cats are beautiful and look really well loved and cared for. The orange cat with the red and white gingham outfit on looks so cuddly!!! Thank you so much for sharing this post, you have made my evening! :)

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    1. Linda: really pleased to hear you liked this post, and i definitely thought of you when i wrote it. yup, the cats here seem really comfortable and calm, well-fed and beautifully groomed, and the owners do seem to be cat lovers themselves. i especially loved the orange cat too! =)

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  3. Eeeeee....old people say the hair is bad for asthma sufferers. Nothing against animals but I would think it is best to keep them out of eateries...but I guess at this one, people do not eat...just the cats. Gee!!! I wish I were a cat! :D

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i guess the cats here look forward to having visitors who buy them food! but true, it's not a place for folks who are allergic to cats =)

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  4. Ideal place for cat lovers! Get to play around with those cuties and take pictures with them :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, and a good place to meet fellow cat lovers too! :D

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  5. I'm heading there w aunt today, I can't wait!!!!!

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    1. Alizea: i hope you and your aunt enjoyed the place and liked meeting the cats! =)

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  6. Interesting place...though I wonder whether the place is licensed? Surely the Ministry of Health will have something to say:P They haven't been very kind to pork places that wanted to be furkids friendly:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, i believe from our conversation with one of their co-owners, they're definitely legal, as they said it wouldn't be possible to get permission for a dog-themed cafe. here's hoping the regulation also ensures the animals are well-protected in any future cat cafes =)

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  7. Interesting! But both of us don't really like cat, we prefer dog, hehehe. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, i like cats and dogs for different reasons! :D

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  8. Wow, seriously? A cat cafe? I don't really think it suits me too, but I know of many cat lovers who would love this place though :-P
    Happy New Year to you!~

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    1. Christy: thanks, and to you too! :D ya, i hope cat lovers would enjoy their experience here =)

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  9. wah, now a cat even have a better life!

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    1. Mr Lonely: they deserve it, heheh =)

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  10. wow what an idea. thumbs up to the owner of this place.

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    1. Eiling: ya, especially since some of these were rescue cats =)

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  11. What a unique concept. I bet there are a few animal loves out there who would be very happy with this place.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, could be a good spot for friends of animals to gather and enjoy each other's company =)

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  12. OMG! A cafe for cats! Cats can have party & gathering here. LOL!!
    I've seen Dogs Cafe in KL too. Pets these days also having a good life ^_^

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    1. Melissa: good to have more places for pet owners and their friends, ya :D

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  13. Miao! I need to bring myself there ASAP! :D

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    1. Kelly: rooaaar! hope you enjoy this place! :D

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  14. any chance getting to this place by public transport?

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    1. Izmeq: apologies, am not familiar with public transport in that area, but I think there was a bus stop nearby

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  15. Such an awesome place… I don't have any cats of my own… but would love to play with the cats there

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    1. Syafique: yeah, I don't have any cats too, so this was a treat =)

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  16. The idea of a cat cafe is nice. Everyone loves cats and they can really calm people when stressed! However, the one negative thing I noticed about this cafe is that some of the cats are made to wear items of clothing made for cats. Cats don't need these accessories as they are already very cute without them. There is nothing better than natural beauty:) But most importantly cats typically hate being made to wear cat clothing items and some can express this violently and some can't express this much. In general the cat may feel confined. Since cats cannot tell us how they feel about wearing these garments PLEASE don't make them wear them. I hope someone from the Country Cat Cafe will consider this and take action.

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  17. Groan. Just visited last Saturday. Very disappointing. I'm a cat lover. The place stink of cat poop and only 5 cats around, two of which are pregnant. The long fur one named Tiger and the grey one isn't around. No coffee or finger food like shown in your pictures. This just doesn't worth 14.90rm. Penang one is a lot better (although unable to hold the cats) but the place is cozy, offer food and drinks in seperate room.

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  18. Agree with Vivian, why make them where outfits? My cats hate wearing outfits, we sometimes put them on for like two mins to snap a funny pic but my cats just wriggle out of the outfits anyway. Also, are these cats rescue cats or what? What is the purpose of this place? Does it educate people about stray cats and how to help or is it simply a shop and cafe with a few cats in it?

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  19. Hi, do the Cat Cafe open during public holidays, eg.: for this coming Chinese New Year?

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  20. Hi. Is it true that the Country Cat Cafe already closed down?

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  21. Kindly send me the link of google map or Waze at my email (saddamzainudin@gmail.com)..I really interested to visit your cafe.

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