I knew all those years copywriting about animal-related products over at The Animal Rescue Site would come in handy someday…I thought my days of writing “purrfect” were over, but I felt situation that called for busting that little gem back out!
I digress. I don’t know whether it’s the anticipation of my sister coming to visit next week, or just the simple fact that we won’t be seeing “home” for a while (home? What home? I guess outside of Korea we are officially homeless), but lately, I have been a little homesick. I’ve especially been missing being around animals.
So recently Matt and I decided it was time to visit a cat cafe in Gangnam, Seoul. We’ve heard really mixed reviews about what they were like–some people find them revolting, others adore them. We are both weirdly obsessed with cats, so we had the sneaking suspicion we would be among the adorers.
We totally were. The thing is, it’s a little less gross if you don’t think of it as a “cafe” per say, but rather a room full of cats to play with where you can also get a drink. Frankly, it wasn’t much different than when I used to volunteer at an all-cat shelter. The place we went to was really clean, and you couldn’t see or smell the litter boxes at all–they were tucked away in another room with just one small cat-door connecting the rooms. The cats were happy, clean and well-cared for, and most were total whores for the cat treats.
We paid our entry fee (8,000 won per person), which also got us one “free” drink. I got a peach tea, but abandoned it after a few sips to play with the cats. After leaving it unattended on the table for a while, I decided not to finish it, since the cats roam wherever they want, including on the tables. We also paid about 3,000 won for a bag of cat treats, which was money well spent! We spent a couple of hours feeding the little fatties the treats, snuggling the friendlier ones, and photographing them like crazy. You’re welcome.
The best part? I saw my first furless cat! Hello, baldy!
Which cat is your favorite?
To get to the Cat Cafe, take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Gangnam. Take exit 10, and as soon as you exit the subway, take your first left down a small street. At the end of that street take a slight right, and the building is on your left. There is a 7-11 on the ground floor. Go inside and take the elevator up to the 4th floor. Follow the cat signs!